Deaf People and the Disability Community

July 31, 2020

Do you consider deaf people to be part of the disability community? Why or why not? 

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Editors Note

It’s important to recognize that DeafBlind and DeafDisabled people are part of the deaf and disability communities, which we regret not making clear in this post. We wanted to spark a wider discussion on whether our deaf communities (including those that identify as DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, hard of hearing, and late-deafened) feel included in non-deaf disability communities. 


I’d like to ask you all — do you consider deaf people to be part of the disability community or separate? Which? I’m curious. 



“Let’s not forget the benefits and discounts we demand and DO rightfully deserve under the disability umbrella too… I don’t consider myself to be “disabled” but underprivileged, marginalized, and oppressed as a Deaf person.”

“Yes, because we are not able to get the same equal access as non-disabled people (such as hearing people) at all times.”

“It’s 100% possible to have a strong deaf identity as a minority culture/lang. group… AND yes – short answer, because we benefit from disability services and have shared experiences.”

“I say YES… but sometimes I forget I am Disabled (being that I live with another Deaf Disabled person) and other times I am acutely aware (in hospital for 3 days without full language access/participation in my healthcare.”

Do you consider deaf people to be part of the disability community? Why or why not?

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