Deaf Culture / Deaf Studies

"I had now to see them [Deaf people] in a new, 'ethnic light,' as people with a distinctive language, sensibility, and culture of their own." -- Oliver Sacks, Seeing Voices.

Recommended books on Deaf culture for Deaf/ASL Studies

Leigh, Andrews & Harris (2018). Exploring Deaf Culture: Deaf Communities in the United States. This book was written specifically for adults new to ASL and Deaf Culture.

Bragg, Bernard; Brgman, Eugene. Tales from a Clubroom.

H-Dirksen L. Bauman. Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking. 2008.

Harlan Lane, Robert Hoffmeister, Ben Bahan. A Journey Into the Deaf-World. 1996.

"In this comprehensive and engrossing study, three distinguished scholars of Deaf culture—one hearing, one deaf, and one coda (child of deaf adults)—offer clear, penetrating insights into the existence and makeup of the deaf world, the community whose natural language—American Sign Language in the United States—is manual and visual. Bringing the latest social and cultural findings and theories into sharp focus, the authors take us on a fascinating journey to discover what deaf culture is."

Introduction to American Deaf Culture book by Holcomb
Bookcover of the book Introduction to American Deaf Culture

Holcomb, Thomas K. (2013) Introduction to American Deaf Culture. Oxford University Press.

The book Introduction to American Deaf Culture is highly recommended for a textbook in Deaf Studies and ASL classes of level two or higher as well as a highly reading recommendation for parents of deaf children, audiologists, and other professionals.

Holcomb, Roy; Holcomb, Samuel; Holcomb, Thomas. Deaf Culture, Our Way.

Kraft, Bonnie. Tomorrow Dad Will Still Be Deaf and Other Stories.

"Watch and listen to CODA Bonnie Kraft's wise and witty accounts of a quiet father, a mischievous mother, and the mentiors she found in Deaf clubs." -- DawnSignPress.

Oliver Sacks. Seeing Voices.. 2000.

Padden, Carol; Humphries, Tom. Inside Deaf Culture.

Padden, C. and Humphries, Tom. Deaf in America: Voices from a culture. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1988.

Paddy Ladd. Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood. 2003.

Videos on Deaf Culture

"Sound and Fury (2008)." Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). 01 February 2009.

Also see Deaf studies.