Often confused with ‘different’ (a word meaning ‘unlike, seperate, unusual, not the same‘).
The word ‘deafferent’, when used to refer to individuals or groups of people, actually means ‘exactly the same as you, only Deaf”.
NB: Being deafferent is not remotely associated with being ‘deferent’, a state of passive submission and courteous regard not automatically associated with the deafies…
By PJ Gribbin
The Limping Chicken is supported by Deaf media company Remark!, provider of sign language services Deaf Umbrella, training and consultancy Deafworks, the National Deaf Children’s Society’s Look, Smile Chat campaign, and the National Theatre’s captioned plays.