History And Study Deaf People Essay

1220 Words Dec 5th, 2015 5 Pages
If we take a look back in history and study deaf people, it is easily found that they did not have it easy. They were considered a lower class along with lepers and other people who suffered from any sort of mental or physical health. They were forced into asylums and treated poorly. (Jankowski 44) This was a result from not being able to have a voice because they weren’t able to hear. Things changed when they created their own form of communication, which we now recognize today as ASL or American Sign Language.
If you were to ask anyone what their definition of culture is, it is guaranteed that no answer would be duplicated. Culture is a difficult concept to grasp since there are many components to the actual meaning of the word we believe to be so familiar with. What about disability? According to Merriam- Webster’s definition, a disability is “the condition of being unable to do things in the normal way” In today’s society we are so diverse that normal seems merely abstract. Some may wonder how these two questions pertain to community. Well, John Swales has a concrete conclusion to what a community is and how it is intrinsic to the balance of a stable discourse community. To get to the bottom of this, I have conducted Almanza 2 an ethnographic study on the lives of Deaf people and have used their goal to prove that deafness is not a disability. It is a culture. It is a way of life. It is a discourse community. John Swales has said that there are six…

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