How to get involved with the Deaf community?

Moonlit Rosettes

New Member
I did a quick search for threads about this but nothing came up. Does anyone have any advice for me on how to respectfully get involved with the Deaf community? I suppose a better starting question is do I even have the right to want to get involved with the Deaf community since I’m only hard of hearing? I’m learning sign language; I currently sign mostly PSE but I am trying to get better with my ASL grammar. Any advice, thoughts, and opinions are much appreciated. Thanks!
 

authentic

Well-Known Member
Most deaf communities live in larger cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Austin, TX has the largest deaf community in the US. If you live in a small town, you have a little luck. :(
 

Moonlit Rosettes

New Member
Thanks guys! I had checked FB a while back but I didn’t really come up with anything, but it’s been a while so I’ll check again. I signed up for an ASL class in the fall semester, and the instructor is deaf, so I was planning on asking her for some advice on how to get involved, too.
 

deafdyke

Well-Known Member
Don't say "only" HOH. Most dhh as kids people have been raised pretty much "like hearing" in the past few decades. Even 30 years ago kids were mainstreamed to the max and grew up oral.
 

Nita Thomas

Active Member
Don't say "only" HOH. Most dhh as kids people have been raised pretty much "like hearing" in the past few decades. Even 30 years ago kids were mainstreamed to the max and grew up oral.
So true. I didn't get to learn ASL till I went to college as an adult in my 30's.
 

Nita Thomas

Active Member
Thanks guys! I had checked FB a while back but I didn’t really come up with anything, but it’s been a while so I’ll check again. I signed up for an ASL class in the fall semester, and the instructor is deaf, so I was planning on asking her for some advice on how to get involved, too.
To find groups of HoH and Deaf people, do a few different things. Ask you audiologist. Check with the public schools in your area- those speech teachers may know of groups. Also check with your local municipal government -- city clerk etc, Then consider asking the local senior centers if they have groups for deaf and HoH too.
 
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