It does not necessarily mean that person is in agreement with what you are saying.
Like the Hebrew language, ASL is effective without use of the words “was,” “are,” “to,” “be,” “were,” etc.
There are also hearing children of Deaf adults who identify with Deaf culture and as members of the Deaf community.
It is important for counselors to engage in readings about Deaf culture and Deaf identity development.
It is common practice to use a capital D when identifying as culturally Deaf and a member of the Deaf community.
Deaf people who have different experiences with vision may identify as Deafblind.
In ASL, the use of nodding is important, as it is in the Japanese language.
Deaf people share a collective name, language, culture, history, values, customs and behavior norms, feelings of community and kinship, arts and literature, and social/organizational structures.Some use a lowercase d for “deaf,” which stems from the medical model and focuses on audiological status, communication style and/or level of exposure to and experience in the Deaf community.Other examples include hard of hearing, late-deafened or Deaf learning ASL later in life.This article is written from the Deaf experience — a “Deaf center” — which reflects “a different normality” (as Irene Leigh explains in her book A Lens on Deaf Identities).This means the perspectives shared here are not from an audiological center or phonological constructs that include the views and terms of “deafness,” “hearing loss,” “hearing impaired” and “cannot hear.” We discuss Deaf people from a social-cultural minority standpoint.