ASL sign for AUDISM

Defined as "The notion that one is superior based on one's ability to hear or behave in the manner of one who hears." -- Tom Humphries, 1977.

The English term "audism" is coined by Tom Humphries, 1977. It's becoming more common.

Semantic variation. This ASL sign was seen in a short video "Crack the Audism" produced as a student in 2003.

Related signs: PHONOCENTRISM, LINGUICISM, SIGNOCLASM, HEARWASHING, CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, hearing PRIVILEGE

How to sign a title of the video documentary Audism Unveiled.

Audism

Hearing students typically sign up for ASL courses, thinking they would learn the language only to be surprised in class that they also learn the culture of Deaf people. Culture and language go hand-in-hand. No ASL course is complete without learning audism as a form of discrimination and the institutional or systemic form of audism.

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