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How does Deaf culture fit into education, psychology, cultural studies, technology and the arts? "Deaf Culture: Exploring Communities in the United States" tells readers how by providing theoretical and practical information. With the recognition of American Sign Language (ASL) as a bona fide language, the perception of Deaf people has evolved into the recognition of a vibrant Deaf culture centered around the use of signed languages and the communities of Deaf people.This text also describes how rapid advances in technology, including the Internet as well as new visual and auditory technologies, have not only created opportunities for Deaf people to influence how technology can be used, but additionally has become a powerful force in influencing the behavior of Deaf individuals within diverse national and international societies. This has created opportunities for incorporating diversity and international perspectives into Deaf culture. Within each chapter are multiple vignettes, examples, pictures, stories, and a test bank to enhance content interest for readers and facilitate instructor teaching.Theories are introduced and explained in a practical and reader-friendly manner to ensure understanding, and clear examples are provided to illustrate concepts. Key Features:Reader friendlyStrong focus on including different communities within Deaf cultureThought-provoking questions, illustrative vignettes and examplesWritten by Deaf and hearing authors with extensive teaching experience and immersion in ASL and Deaf cultureIn addition, students of American Sign Langue and Deaf studies will find an introduction to possible opportunities for professional and informal involvement with ASL/Deaf culture children and adults. "Deaf Culture" fills a unique niche as an introductory text that is accessible and straightforward for those beginning their studies of the Deaf-World.
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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I. Deaf Culture: Yesterday and TodayChapter 1. Deaf Community: Past and PresentChapter 2. Deaf: Causes of Being Deaf and Auditory InnovationsPart II. Signed Languages and LearningChapter 3. American Sign LanguageChapter 4. Deaf Education and Deaf CultureChapter 5. How Deaf Children Think, Learn, and ReadPart III. Deaf Lives, Technology, Arts, and Career OpportunitiesChapter 6. Deaf IdentitiesChapter 7. Navigating Deaf and Hearing WorldsChapter 8. Technology and AccessibilityChapter 9. Arts, Literature, and MediaChapter 10. Advocating and Career OpportunitiesChapter 11. Final Thoughts on Deaf Culture and Its FutureIndex

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