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Deaf Culture

Deafness can be viewed from an audiological standpoint as well as from a sociocultural standpoint. In the latter case, many persons—particularly those who are prelingually deaf sign language users—identify as members of the Deaf community and its culture (where Deaf is routinely capitalized in the literature and refers to those affiliated with the Deaf community and its culture). Deaf culture is characterized by a shared set of developmental and social experiences, values, behavioral norms, and communication preferences that often differ from those of persons who are not deaf, persons who are hard of hearing and even persons who are audiologically deaf but who never chose to, or had the opportunity to, become affiliated with the Deaf community and its culture.

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