Deaf Culture Do’s and Don’ts

Learning the nuances of Deaf Culture can be difficult for new American Sign Language students. There are many differences between hearing culture and Deaf culture. Below you can find some tips and insights about interacting in the Deaf community submitted by signers, interpreters, Deaf people, and more! Hearing Culture vs. Deaf Culture by Tamra Goleman […]

Linda Bove – “Linda the Librarian”

Linda Bove was born on November 30, 1945 in Garfield, New Jersey to deaf parents. She majored in library science at Gallaudet University and received her bachelor’s degree in 1968. She then got into the acting profession and performed for the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) recently after it was formed in 1967. In […]

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas was a deaf undercover specialist for the FBI. She was the inspiration for the TV series Sue Thomas: FBEye, an international speaker, author, and founder of Kennels of Levi: EPEC Service Dogs for people who are physically challenged. She was also the founder of WaterBrooks – a Christian spiritual renewal center – and […]

Famous Deaf Actors – Bringing ASL to Life

Truly Inspirational There have been several famous deaf actors in the media that have made significant contributions to the deaf community and hearing society. If not for them and their influence in mainstream entertainment, deaf awareness may not be where it is today. These famous deaf people changed the Deaf world by showing hearing society […]

Famous Deaf People

No Hearing People Here! Deaf people have been more in the spotlight than you know. There are several famous deaf people who have been the founders of many organizations, been pioneers in deaf education, written books, painted famous artworks, held world records in sports, acted on several well-known television shows, and even started newspapers… Famous […]

Marlee Matlin – Deaf Academy Award Winner

Marlee Matlin was born in Morton Grove, Illinois on August 24th, 1965. After she came down with the German Measles at the age of eighteen months, she lost her hearing and became deaf. When she was young, she communicated with her family and friends using sign language. When she was seven years old, Marlee started […]

Deaf Culture Essentials

Perhaps the most important part of learning ASL Deaf Culture was first truly recognized in 1965 (only about 40 years ago!) The idea that Deaf people had a culture of their own was first written in the Dictionary of American Sign Language by William Stokoe, Carl Croneberg, and Dorothy Casterline. This was a huge step […]

Songs in Sign Language Submitted by Other Visitors

Rosa Lee Timm “Ironic” by Crystal (Kansas) Please enable JavaScript I Can Only Imagine (in ASL) by Kevin Loveland Please enable JavaScript “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum, cover by Mike and Lane by Lane (Moorhead, MN USA) Please enable JavaScript Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx by soph1951 Please enable JavaScript This Is […]

Deaf Culture Art / Deaf Art

Deaf culture art, I think, is a cultural art that reaches both positive and negative ends of the spectrum unlike any other. I have truly learned so much about the Deaf simply by seeing the artwork that Deaf Culture produces. Deaf people have experienced many negative life changing events throughout history. They’ve been strongly oppressed […]

Shoshannah Stern

Shoshannah Stern is a well known deaf actress who is best known for her roles as Bonnie Richmond in Jericho, Holly Brodeen in Threat Matrix, and Megan Graves on Weeds. Shoshannah was born in Walnut Creek, California in 1980 and attended the California School for the Deaf, Fremont growing up. American Sign Language was her […]

Switched At Birth

Switched at Birth is a television show featured on ABC Family that has truly brought American Sign Language and Deaf Culture into the living rooms of today’s generation. It is the first television show to feature several deaf actors/characters and entire scenes shot using only ASL. Switched at Birth is about two teen girls and […]

An Interview with Jamie Berke

An Interview with the Famous(Now Former)About.com Deafness Guide If you have ever researched deafness, deaf people, or sign language online, you have most likely landed on one of the many Deafness articles by Jamie Berke at About.com. Jamie was the Deafness Guide for About.com from 1997-2012. When I was learning sign language, her articles were […]

Interpreting Songs for the Deaf

Signing songs for the deaf is a great way for students to learn a LOT of vocabulary and retain that vocabulary for a long time. If you need to interpret a song, I suggest finding a native Deaf signer or ASL interpreter to help out. If that’s not possible, the approach you take to interpret […]

The Best Songs in Sign Language

American Sign Language is a very expressive language. Songs in sign language are therefore equally expressive and many times are more expressive than their purely vocal versions. If you’re interested in learning how to sign songs, visit our Interpreting Songs for the Deaf page. There are so many people that have interpreted songs into ASL […]

Stockard Channing

Narrator of Through Deaf Eyes Stockard Channing is a film, stage, and television actress who narrated the film Through Deaf Eyes. She is best known for her role as First Lady Abbey Bartlet on The West Wing, Betty Rizzo in the film Grease, and in Six Degrees of Separation. She was born on February 13, […]

ASL Immersion

Deaf Culture Membership ASL immersion is part of learning ASL and being a part of Deaf Culture. ASL Immersion is when you immerse yourself in the language and the community of the Deaf. When you begin socializing with Deaf people and honing your ASL skills in this way, I want to make sure you know […]

Through Deaf Eyes

Through Deaf Eyes is the most informational piece I have ever watched about Deaf people. I missed the premiere on PBS, but was able to watch a screening of this film at CSUN while I was a student. I can’t believe how amazing it is. Most hearing people are completely clueless when it comes to […]

Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God was the first feature film I watched that was about a deaf person. I was in awe. This movie is amazing. If you have never seen it, you will be blown away. Marlee Matlin is an incredible actress. She is my favorite deaf actress, as well as the first one […]

Deaf Articles – All Our Articles About Deaf Culture and Deaf History

Below you will find all of our Deaf articles on the site. Deaf Culture Below are all of our Deaf articles related to Deaf culture: Deaf Culture – A breakdown of the language, values, and behaviors of Deaf Culture. The Deaf Community and How You Can Get Involved – Learn about the Deaf community and […]

The Best Deaf Dating Sites

There are so many deaf dating sites available on the internet that it can be difficult to find the right one. Most deaf dating sites cater to deaf and hard of hearing people, so if you are a hearing ASL student, you should look into these sites further to find one where you might fit […]

The Best Deaf Jokes

Here are some of the best deaf jokes we’ve heard over the years: Deaf Jokes – Motel A deaf couple check into a motel and go to bed early. The wife wakes her husband in the middle of the night complaining of a headache. She asks him to go to the car to get some […]

Deaf Olympics

Official Name: Deaflympics The Deaf Olympics, known as the Deaflympics, are international athletic competitions for the deaf. The Deaflympics started in Paris in 1924 and have had three official names: “International Games for the Deaf” from 1924 to 1965 (sometimes also the “International Silent Games”) “World Games for the Deaf” from 1966 to 1999 (sometimes […]

Deanne Bray

Deaf Actress from Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Deanne Bray is a well known deaf actress who was probably the first deaf person Hollywood created an entire television show around. She is best known for playing Sue Thomas on Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye that aired on the PAX channel for 3 seasons. She competed with both hearing and […]

An Interview with Dianrez – Deaf Blogger

If you have ever wanted to read the true thoughts of a Deaf person who is a strong advocate for Deaf culture and is a proponent of the Deaf community, follow the blogs of Dianrez. When I was learning sign language and entering into the community of the Deaf, her blogs gave me true insight […]