Originally Posted by jag
No one said they didn't. If you 'listen' closely you'll hear that not all of us feel the need to be lumped into those who do need that ID.
One example given also placed all blacks in one cultural lump. To me that says because of their skin color they some people think they all think the same. Sorry I know many who really don't feel Jesse or Al lead or speak for them.
Those here talking about the deaf culture keep stating that because one is deaf/hoh one is autormatically part of the deaf culture. I'll keep saying that that is NOT the case. Cloggy's daughter may never feel the need to indentify with deaf culture because she does communicate verbally with ease compared to other deaf individuals trained in the verbal approach with either the inferior amplyfication of HA's or no amplyfication at all. As Cloggy has stated they will follow her lead, at this time she chooses to rarely use sign, if she decides later to really pick up using it again then they will follow her and use it. Being deaf is not her identity, it's just a part of who she is.
You need to go back and reread the posts because no one has implied that hearing loss automatically qualifies one for membership in the Deaf community. In fact, quite the opposite has been said, that membership is based on much, much more than level of hearing loss.
And what do you think identity is? It is the sum total of the parts that make up the whole--in other words, all the parts of who one is.