Fun Things to Know about Deaf Culture
Learning ASL is only one part of learning about Deaf people. You may have learned a bit about Deaf Culture and their norms. But let's have a little fun and learn about "Deaf Bing" - their common "habits".
Knocking Things Over
While seated around a table, especially in a restaurant, we can get excited and animated and knock things over. We need to remember to move our drinks a little further away.
Sometimes we don't even need to be at a table. We'll sign something like "really big" and accidently punch someone next to us. It can get bad for those Deaf people with glasses as some signs will knock our glasses off our faces.
We Have our own Time Zone
Called "Deaf Standard Time" - there are 3 parts to it.
Tendency to be late to events - A social club's meeting is at 7pm, some Deaf will show up at 7:15 - 7:30.
Long time to leave - Takes a long time to leave an event. "Oh it's 10, I gotta go", start saying their byes, joins a conversation, remembers something else to say to a friend, by the time they get to the door it's 11:15pm.
Night Owls - Those that stay behind are night owls. After the meeting place has closed, they'll head to a local 24-hr coffeeshop and chat til the wee hours of the morning.