Hello! I haven't posted in awhile, but I am Hayden. I am Deaf. I grew up oral but now I use sign almost exclusively. I am very involved with my local Deaf community. I visit the Deaf school often and have many friends there, I am an active member of the local Deaf Association, I am a sign language TA for my university. I didn't grow up Deaf but I am very proud of my culture and my identity. Through teaching sign, I also have become very involved with the greater disabled community, a group of people who self-identify as "disabled." I am the president of the group for disabled students at my university and the disability rights advocacy group, and I am in the disability honor society. I also am very involved in the mental health/mental disabilities advocacy community because I have OCD. I use the words "Deaf" and "disabled" to define myself. I don't apply either of those labels to people who don't use them for themselves, but I identify as part of the Deaf community and the disabled community and I am very proud of both groups. However, a Deaf friend of mine told me that because I use the label "disabled" to describe myself as a whole, I am not really a part of the Deaf community and I can't claim to have Deaf pride. I do not agree that the word disabled is offensive. Thoughts?