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Deaf Culture 674 The deaf culture is often treated like they have the plague This is what I often see when I see a deaf person communicating with someone I am from a small town in Mississippi and we actually had a deaf community During an election a deaf person wanted the town elected official to invest in phones that could translate sound into messages for them One of the nominees that were running for mayor told the deaf community if they voted for him he would invest in those types of phones At that time no one really learned signed language to communicate with those individuals The nominee that made this promise was elected and of course ignored the deaf community demands The deaf community protested and tried there hardest to get some attention on how serious they were Like Sacks once said Many revolutions transformations awakening are in response to immediate and intolerable circumstances p 240 The mayor made more promises and no real action followed This prompted the start of sign language transmission through out the state The deaf community let other communities through out the state know about the way they were treated The deaf community began to get support not only from the deaf community but from the non-deaf community also With a lot of individuals wanting to communicate with the deaf community this started a rash of sign language classes through out the town The transmission of patterns such as this was explained by Clerc as The unique pattern of transmission of deaf culture relates equally to the deafs language sign and to their schools p 241 This culture was also passed on to people that could hear With the wiliness to help and make a difference this began the deaf culture transmission The community stood together and fought a tough battle Finally the deaf community got what they wanted and
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