Deaf culture is a term that encompasses the views, values, beliefs, language (ASL), traditions and practices of members of the Deaf community. It also includes how they view Deafness – not as a difference or disability – and how they interact with members of the hearing world.
Deaf culture is important because it helps to bridge the gap between Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and those who can hear. It also encourages mutual respect between both sides while promoting understanding and acceptance among all members of society.
Deaf culture helps to empower individuals by giving them a sense of belonging and pride in their identity as a member of the Deaf community.
Barriers Deaf people face in a hearing-centric world.
From being unable to access information to facing discrimination and misunderstanding, members of the Deaf community have had to fight for their rights and recognition for years. The stigma surrounding Deafness can be traced back to how society views Deafness as an inability or disability, rather than a different way of communicating.
Deaf people are often excluded from conversations, denied access to resources and misunderstood by members of the hearing community, and it’s this lack of understanding that can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration among members of the Deaf community.
Lack of education about Deafness plays a huge part in the Deaf experience and Deaf Mystics aims to improve this. By sharing Deaf stories and giving Deaf people platforms to express and educate, Deaf and hearing people all work towards a better, more inclusive society.
Promoting diversity and inclusion
Promoting greater understanding and respect for Deaf people and their culture has contributed to building a more diverse and inclusive society. It has challenged traditional norms and stereotypes about Deafness and emphasized the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity.
Deaf culture has encouraged greater accessibility and accommodation for Deaf individuals in public spaces and highlighted the need for inclusive education and employment opportunities.
It has paved the way for greater access to education for Deaf students, leading to the development of bilingual education programs that incorporate both ASL and spoken English.
Deaf culture has also influenced the way in which society thinks about language and the importance of linguistic diversity. It has challenged the notion that spoken language is superior to sign language and has highlighted the value of visual communication and expression.
Why we parade?
The inspiration and idea came from Joe Cain what was call “The people’s Parade.” to revive the spirits of the citizens of Mobile after the civil war. Deaf Mystics want to impact in the same way to create betterment in our community as a whole while celebrating Mardi Gras in the same language. Deaf Mystics believes that if we all work together, we can make a difference. Our future generation depend on us for a greater future just as those before us had done the same. We still have a long way to go but together We know we can get there.