Much of what non-Deaf people understand of the Deaf community originates from hearing-centric perspectives. Introduction to Deafhood is an opportunity to learn about Deaf people’s experiences and culture, and to connect with a new perspective. In this course, learn about Deaf Gain versus hearing loss and develop the core knowledge and skills you need to be an ally and to interact sensitively with members of the Deaf community.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
- Define key concepts that relate to Deafhood
- Recognize and understand how history has impacted Deaf people today
- Understand the barriers and impacts that Deaf people experience
- Compare hearing (non-Deaf) experiences with Deafhood in different areas such as technology, culture, communication, discourse and Deaf Literature
- Describe the intersectionality of Deaf people
- Describe the technology Deaf people use to assist them in their lives
Whether you know or work with members of the Deaf community, or would like to get to know them, this course teaches you how to help remove barriers and oppressive behaviours and become an ally.
No prior experience or ASL is required. ASL-English interpretation is provided.
One day before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.
Outside of class time, you should allow one to two hours per week to review content, complete homework, watch videos, and prepare presentations.
You’ll need access to a laptop or desktop computer or tablet, an email account, and internet access and an up-to-date web browser. For real-time classes, you’ll also need access to a video camera and microphone.
There is no textbook for this course.
This course is offered online.