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Navigating the Deaf Community as a Hearing Person:
Advice from a Deaf Person
A workshop by: Belinda G. Vicars, MFA
1. Introduction: The Deaf Community is very complex and diverse.
2. Reasons why Hearing students learn ASL
3. Reasons why Deaf use ASL
4. Revolving Door: Who stays and Who goes.
5. Necessity is the Backbone of our Community: Deaf World, Deaf Mind
6. Dangers of Tourism. (We are not your zoo animal)
7. Real People: (We are not your source of inspiration)
8. Your Lens is not our lens: Be aware of and understand your privilege.
9. Deaf space is not your safe space -- it's ours.
10. Guests: Take off your shoes.
11. Experience: Your Book learning vs Our Life Experience.
12. (Ab)using Deaf to Satisfy your Deaf Event Assignment.
13. Interaction: Hands up!
14. We are People of the Eye (Don't look away.)
15. Respect: We are the experts in our language. Do not correct us.
16. Q & A Session
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*8: You have advantages a Hearing person. Your advantages affect how you see the world. What you see is not what we see. We do not wear the same pair of glasses.
*9: Your danger level goes up as you go wide: Individual, Gatherings, and the Internet.
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