Humanizing Deaf people's experience by reframing deafness
A world free of audism
It is through our programs where Deafhood Foundation expands knowledge, changes attitudes, creates affirming behaviors, and strengthens beliefs that lead to a place where Deaf people can get closer to experiencing full humanity. We do this in a variety of ways that include but are not limited to consulting, grant-giving, outreach through education and events, and networking. All our programs address these recurring themes:
Philosophies, ideologies, or viewpoints that associate Deaf people with a loss, or deficit, and are deafness-based (which is a view of Deaf identities in a medical context, where Deaf individuals need to be aided, fixed, or are in need of a cure).
Harmful effects of audism are beliefs and attitudes that those who can hear are superior which has led to systematic and individual experiences of discrimination, prejudice and oppression.
Achieving Economic Justice
A need to end the economic exploitation, including cultural appropriation, and high rates of unemployment/ under-employment of Deaf people.
Building a Deaf Ecosystem
Realizing that Deaf people, their values, contributions, and signed languages have a valuable place within society-at-large.