Deafness As An Ethnicity

Apr 18 2011 @ 7:35am

Margot Sanger-Katz speaks to Harlan Lane, psychology professor and one of the authors of People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry:

Deaf people marry deaf more than any other minority. I think that’s very significant. It just shows you how inept the concept of disability is for these people, because people who are blind as a rule do not want to marry other blind people. People in wheelchairs do not seek other people in wheelchairs. I mean, there may be individuals who do, but as a cultural norm, it tells you that something is up here. And what’s up is the value placed on being deaf.