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Multicultural Conference: Second Thoughts on First Impressions

What are your impressions of me?

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By Crystal Eusebio February 23, 2013

Why are All The Deaf Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

What impression did you get when you hear Deaf?

1. What is American Sign Language (ASL)? (circle 2 answers)

a) a visual form of English b) a language that relies on mime c) a language capable of expressing abstract ideas d) a language using picture-like gestures to express ideas and concepts e) a language utilizing space and movement to convey meaning

2. Historically, American Sign Language is related to:

a) b) c) d) British Sign Language Swedish Sign Language French Sign Language German Sign language

3. American Sign Language is used by most Deaf people in which two of the following countries?
a) b) c) d) e) Canada United States Mexico Brazil England

4. The role of facial expressions, head movements, and eye gaze in American Sign Language is primarily:
a) grammatical b) stylistic c) emotive

5. While watching another person sign, it is appropriate to focus on the signers:

a) b) c) d) hands chest area face interpreter

6. To get the attention of a Deaf person who is looking the other way, you should:
a) b) c) d) yell as loud as you can tap him/her on the shoulder wave in his/her face go around and stand in front of the person

7. If your path is blocked by two signers conversing with each other, you should:
a) wait until they stop talking before you pass through b) bend down very low in order to avoid passing through their signing space c) go ahead and walk through d) find another path

8. Which two of the following are considered rude by Deaf people:

a) moving a person aside so you can pass through b) watching a signed conversation c) describe a distinctive feature of a person to identify him/her d) talking (using voice) in the presence of Deaf people

9. In general, the least effective communication strategy between Deaf and hearing people is:
a) b) c) d) speech and lipreading using Sign Language writing back and forth using interpreters

10. Which of the following are valued in the Deaf community: (circle all that apply)
a) for community to govern their own affairs b) being kept informed about the community and its members c) restoring ones hearing d) ability to speak well e) to have a sense of social obligation and duty to the group f) to develop long term relationships g) to be self-reliant (be your own person)

11. Other than the word Deaf, a culturally appropriate way to identify Deaf people would be to say they are:
a) b) c) d) e) f) deaf and dumb deaf mutes hearing impaired deaf and hard of hearing all of the above none of the above

True or False:
12. Deaf people can drive. TRUE 13. Deaf people cant play sports. FALSE

14. Deaf people dont use Braille to communicate. 15. Deaf people can order through drive-thru.

My Background Deaf Culture Deaf Etiquette Discrimination Hearing Privilege How to be an Ally?

My Background
Born hearing
18 months old- became Deaf

Went to mainstreamed schools in N.J and Southern California

Different schools every year

Use ASL to communicate. Graduated with B.S at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) College Student Development & Counseling Graduate Student at Northeastern University Administrative Assistant for National Interpreter Education Center

What is Deaf Culture?

A subculture
Has own languages, customs and norms

Oppression => minority => layers

Sign Language is Beautiful

What is ASL?
American Sign Language (ASL): a language utilizes the hand, face and body Spectrum: Hearing loss to profoundly deaf Same with language: Speak, lipread to Sign Exact English (SEE) to ASL

Deaf Culture (cont.)

Hard of Hearing: can hear some Deaf: cant hear

Hearing aids Cochlear Implants

Types of School:
Mainstreamed Deaf Residential Schools

ASL Interpreters Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) Video Relay Services (VRS) CART- captionist

Deaf Etiquette
Look at person when talking, not interpreter. Walking through signed conversation in between is okay. Talking (voice) in presence of a Deaf person is rude. Tap on shoulder or flash the light if you want to get attention. Provide accommodations based on Deaf persons preferences.

Provide an interpreter for Emergency situations
Sandy Hurricane- Lydia Callis

Communication Access:
Videophone (VP) Teletypewriter (TTY) ASL interpreters Captionist

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Closed Captions:
SDH: Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing SHI: Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired

Doorbell and bed/fire alarms => light flashes

Big event: provide an interpreter

Oppression => minority => layers Endure several types of discrimination based on layers of who we are.
Layers: Deaf, Filipino, Woman

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Being discriminated against and oppressed makes Deaf upset and may despise hearing people

Hearing Privilege
Some Types of Privilege: Vision Physical Race Class Sexual Orientation Advantages are enjoyed by people who can hear which are denied to those who are Deaf.

Examples: Fight against disability label Waiting rooms Doctors, Administrators, Therapist, Service Providers Airport/Radio/Sports/Trains Drive-thru Broadway, Live, Concerts/Shows Movie Theaters Emergency situations

Introduction and ABCs.

Practice your ABCs with your partner. Practice your introduction:
My name is _______. Nice to meet you.

When done, introduce yourself to me and the audience.