The BBC’s programme for Deaf people, See Hear, has released a recent item featuring Deaf academic Paddy Ladd, explaining the concept of Deafhood.
The term Deafhood first became widespread when it was published in Ladd’s book called Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood in 2003. It has since become understood around the world.
Deafhood involves seeing being Deaf as being part of a culture, rejecting the ‘medical model’ of deafness, and being positive about Deaf identity.
In the item, Ladd talks about the importance of sign language poet Dorothy Miles, his hearing parents, how he felt growing up, and how he sees Deafhood as a journey. We also see the influence of Deafhood on Deaf art and poetry.
Watch the item below:
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