Gallaudet Video Analysis

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The video I have selected from the Gallaudet video catalog was by Karen Payne, “Why I Came to Gallaudet” and her new journey inside Deaf Culture. Karen Payne is an older woman who was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease four years ago, and that is a disease that destroys ones hearing permanently. Knowing that she will soon enough lose her ability to hear she thought it would be in her best interest if she moved to a Deaf community. Karen Payne and her husband along side of her moved near Gallaudet, where she was very eager to attend. She applied to the University of Gallaudet and waited quite some time to hear back from them, but sure enough she was accepted and could not be happier. Karen was full of excitement to attend Gallaudet and her passion …show more content…
Holcomb explains the common labels on Deaf individuals, and the definitions of what they are. The first theme I noticed in Karen’s story was when she mentioned in the beginning of her story she will be moving into a Deaf community. Regarding Karen’s video and her situation, it is tough to say what category she falls under, but if identified it would have to be Hard of Hearing. In the book, hard of hearing is defined different amongst Deaf people and hearing people. Hearing people define it as an individual who is basically Deaf, whereas a Deaf person defines a person who is hard of hearing same as hearing people. Holcomb states, “There is no hard and fast line between deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the Deaf community” (Holcomb 46). Karen is excited to be a part of the Deaf community and because she is willing to learn American Sign Language fluently I believe she will be easily accepted in the Deaf community. However there are some requirements stated in the book that Holcomb said must be satisfied to be comfortable in the Deaf community. In the chapter Holcomb mentions Baker-Shenk and Cokey and their model that illustrates the four domains that Deaf people must abide by in order to be accepted within their community. The model contains audio logical, linguistics, political, and social requirements. These four are all interconnected with an individual’s appreciate attitude toward the Deaf community and its culture in …show more content…
I believe Karen Payne has the right attitude towards the Deaf community as Holcomb states, “the bottom line is the attitude a Deaf person “ (Holcomb 44). The passion that Karen has in learning American Sign Language like she stated in her video is important in being a part of the Deaf community. In chapter 7 American Sign Language- The Language of the Deaf Community, Holcomb analyzes the language in two approaches that are prescriptive or descriptive. He defines prescriptive as the rules of any given language, and descriptive as the rules of ASL and how people use the language. For example American Sign Language is used more traditionally in a descriptive form in the Deaf culture. Holcomb states, “a descriptive model… constitutes a description of how ASL is used by Def people today” (Holcomb 127). Karen Payne expresses in her video the love she has for every language and the passion she has in learning them. She speaks of her major at Gallaudet which is Spanish and she loves the culture of a brand new language. Karen Payne would like to be a teacher and in the near future she would love to learn all there is to know about ASL so that she would be able to become a teacher for deaf children. Holcomb also discusses in the same chapter about bilingualism among Deaf people. He explains how this is when Deaf people, for example Karen Payne can interact with

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