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What is Audism? Guide
Audism (from the Latin audire, to hear, and -ism, a system of practice, behavior, belief, or attitude) has been variously defined as:
"The notion that one is superior based on one's ability to hear or to
behave in the manner of one who hears." Tom Humphries coined this term
in his dissertation.
The term audism lay dormant until Lane revived its use 15 years later. It is increasingly catching on, though not yet in regular dictionaries of the English language. Humphries originally applied audism to individual attitudes and practices, but Lane and others have broadened its scope to include institutional and group attitudes, practices, and oppression of deaf persons. Persons who practice audism are called audists. Audists may be hearing or deaf.
"In the long run of history from Aristotle to Alexander Bell, the Deaf have experienced pathological and paternalistic oppression and discrimination that has affected their language, communication, education and employment in similar patterns worldwide. It is unfortunate that, despite the changes since the 1980s, deep-rooted audism continues today in a different manner. The video presents Deaf people's perspectives in their own voice, through their eyes. First-hand experiences in this unique language show the communications and challenges of audism. This work aims to bring attention to the fact that Deaf people are all whole human beings capable of feelings, needs and desires, beyond ears and lips."-
Deaf Hate Crime exists around the world. It is not an event; it is a progress that is the act of mean-spirited aversion, enabling the state of constant victimization -- exploiting deaf people -- and language belittlement -- portraying signed language as less important and impressive than it really is.
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