About the website

The "D"eaf Perspective is dedicated to the Deaf community and anyone who is aiming to be an ally for D/deaf people. The inspiration for the title of this site derives from the difference of what it means to be "Deaf" vs. "deaf" (read about this difference in the "Models of Deafness" page). For those who may not know, the logo on the top left is the sign for "I Love You". It is the perfect sign to show the love I have for Deaf culture and the members of the Deaf community, especially those I have met thus far.

This website is meant to dive into different aspects of deafness and distinguish the difference between the medical model of deafness and the social & cultural models of deafness, which are completely different things. My goal is that you leave with a better understanding of what it means to be culturally Deaf and how you can better support D/deaf & HoH people. You should not use this site as your sole resource for understanding deafness, the Deaf community, and Deaf culture. I highly encourage you to use it as a base and do more research, both online and in person! The only way to get a full understanding is to immerse yourself in the culture and speak to people who have first-hand experience of what it means to be D/deaf in a hearing world. 

About the creator

Hi! My name is Yolanda. I am a student at Villanova University studying Sociology, Gender & Women Studies, and Deaf Studies. After taking American Sign Language (ASL), my perspective of deafness changed immensely. Before that class, I did not understand what being Deaf truly meant, especially to those who are part of the Deaf community. I felt pity for people who were deaf, but the more I learned about Deaf culture, Deaf Pride, Deafness as an ethnicity, Deaf Community, etc., I realized that the way I thought about deafness was due to ignorance and lack of knowledge. All clichés aside, the classes I have taken at Villanova, specifically ASL, Deaf Studies, and Disability Studies, truly changed me as a person and the way I view deafness and disability. I want to thank my professors Christa Bialka, Allison Bienas, and Michelle Foran for being amazing teachers and helping me get to where I am now - an ally of these communities. Although I do consider myself to be an ally, my perspective is still one of a nondisabled and hearing person, so it is important that anyone visiting this website keeps that in mind while reading through it. If there is anything you think I should include, remove, fix, or better explain, please let me know using the contact form below