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Def Chef RECIPE By Forrest C. Nickerson

In one ordinary deaf individual, sift together 4 cups incentive and 8 cups hard work. Beat in 1/2 cup determination and 8 ounces mannerisms. Gradually add:

  • 2 tablespoons history
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons value
  • 1/4 cup folklore
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ASL
  • 5 cups Deaf Culture
  • 4 tableapoons written English

    Combine ingredients, mixing well. Fold in 1/2 cup imagation and 1 1/2 cups of Understanding and season with patience and a scoop of humour. Stir until boiling, simmer ten years then let cool. Sprinkle with "good spirits" Serve with an organization. Yield 1 Defty Person.

    + add a pinch of anger ( well seasoned from years of oppression.)


    To accept the culture of he Deaf people as valid is to expand and enrich our understanding of human creativity and courage in the context of social adversity.

    By MJ Bienvenu/Betty Colonomos

    Deaf People are just like you but... they are a distinctive, unique group of people who share a beautiful culture that clearly sets them apart.

    Culture. We use the term 'culture' often but do we really know what it means?

    Generally, a culture is defined as a group of people who share the same language, adhere to this same societal values and rules for behavior, and have a common history. We tend to think of culture in relation to ethnic origin; in reality, the term today includes the culture of the Deaf, as distinctive and significant to Deaf individuals as Native culture is to Canada's Aborginal People. We could say as Deaf Culture is to Canada's Deaf People.

    In North America, there are more than two million individuals who comprise the Deaf population; they are proud, resourceful, independent people whose language gives them the ability to relocate geographically and quickly establish new ties because they share the most common characteristic of their culture, the language of the Deaf.

    The first and to a very great extent, the only language of Deaf culture is ASL(American Sign Language), an eloquent, artistic and complex language that enableds Deaf people to speak for themselves on virtually any subject. ASL makes the Deaf distinctive from the oral, predominantly English Speaking culture, eye movement, Facial Expression (often referred to as Facial Grammar'),body posture and the spatial range of signs are inportant elements to ASL that convey not only the emotion expressed by the signer but add to the content and intent of the communication.




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