What Is Deafhood?
Moving away from deafness to an empowered Deafhood identity
The concept of Deafhood has long been used by the Deaf Community. We use Dr. Paddy Ladd's "Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood" as the framework to understand, analyze, and apply Deafhood lens.
Deafhood Institute's Purpose
Deafhood Foundation promotes a concept of Deafhood as a journey that a Deaf person undertakes to discover his, her or their identity and purpose in life. This can be an empowering process for a Deaf person, among other people, to re-affirm Deaf people’s role and place in society, history, and the world.
Deafhood focuses on a reframing of the historical, cultural, and linguistic reality of Deaf people in the world from one that is minimizing, oppressive or damaging. We work to convey how Deafhood can free the world of audism and re-create a society where Deaf people experiences full humanity and Deaf values and sign language are celebrated.