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Sign Language: "Deafness"

The sign for "Deafness" is a combination of the ASL sign DEAF and the Signed English suffix sign "-NESS."  The sign DEAF touches the index finger to the cheek near the ear. Then the finger lifts off of the cheek a bit and moves in a small arc and touches the cheek again near the mouth. Then you hold the side of an "N" hand onto the upper palm of the non-dominant flat hand (of which the palm is forward and the fingertips are up) and slide the N-hand downward toward the heel of the non-dominant flat hand. This sign is generally considered Signed English.



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Note: Many Deaf leaders and authors have negative views regarding the use of the word "Deafness."  Many of us prefer to simply phrase things in this manner:
"People who are Deaf,"
"...her being Deaf did not prevent...,"
"the fact that she is Deaf had little bearing on...,"
"being Deaf," or
"visually oriented"
I suppose you could use the phrase "individuals with hearing loss" -- but I recommend you AVOID using the term "hearing impaired."  It is a cultural issue. Often you could just use the phrase: "Deaf and hard of hearing people."
Also see: DEAFHOOD

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