Can hard of hearing people give sign names?

queen_lnl

New Member
I have been speaking asl for the past 3 years, and I’m unsure as to a few sign name rules. I’ve been hard of hearing my whole life, and so has my father. I’m not deaf, but I’m also not hearing; I never really know what culture allowed to identify with. So I’m unsure what cultural things I can and can not do. For example, can I give sign names to my hearing friends? I know it’s an honor to receive a sign name, and hearing people can’t give them, but what about hard of hearing people? I respect lots of my friends deeply, and how they’ve learned asl to help me, but I don’t want to disrespect deaf culture at all. Please help, thank you!
 

Lysander

Well-Known Member
It's it really an honor? I just assumed it was the thing deaf people did when they finally got sick of fingerspelling your name.
 

authentic

Well-Known Member
If hoh not interacted with deaf community can NOT give you a name sign.
Deaf/hoh people grew up in a deaf community = yes.
 

queen_lnl

New Member
@authentic I did not grow up in the deaf community; I was not exposed to anything like that as a kid. Now, I embrace deaf culture as much as I can. So does that mean its acceptable for me to do things such as giving out sign names?
 
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