The modern view of deafness involves the
recognition of Deaf people as a cultural minority. Sign Language is recognized
and accepted as the natural language of Deaf people.
This acceptance includes the acknowledgement
that the Deaf community is in fact a sub-cultural group of the wider world.
This view involves the recognition of Deaf people
as a group of persons who share a common means of communication (Sign
Language) and culture, which provides the basis on which group cohesion
and identity develop.
Deaf people do not consider themselves as disabled.
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