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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Two people communicating with sign languageDeaf & Hard of Hearing describes those with functional hearing loss which may range from mild to profound. For many Deaf individuals, deafness is not considered a disability. The term disability means they are unable and gives a feeling of weakness. The opposite is often true in that Deaf individuals are able to connect, contribute, and they see their deafness in a positive light.  The resources in this guide focus on healthcare, treatment and the wellbeing of those in the Deaf & Hard of Hearing community as well as increase education on these subjects. Some terms for better understanding have been defined below.

  • deaf  | Hearing loss is severe and there is little or no functional hearing
  • Deafened | An individual becomes deaf as an adult and has different challenges than a person who is deaf from birth or as a child.
  • Deaf (Community) | Many people who are deaf are a part of a Deaf community. While deaf using a lowercase d refers to the loss of hearing, Deaf with a capital D refers to this group of people. In this community they share a common language (American Sign Language), experiences and values.  They also may attend schools for the deaf and have a shared heritage, history, literature and culture.
  • Hard of Hearing | There may be enough residual hearing that an auditory device will aid.

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