ASL sign for: Deafhood

Definition: A process of experiencing, self-analyzing, exploring, and understanding of Deaf person oneself; the term is coined by Paddy Ladd.

In wake of the barriers as a result of Oralism, audism, phonocentrism, and eugenics, "Deafhood is a process to decolonize our mind, body, and spirit from colonialism." Paddy Ladd (2003)

For information or reading on Deafhood, see "Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood" by Paddy Ladd.

Related signs: Paddy Ladd.

Printable for Deafhood

ASL printable for Deafhood