The most popular handbook about the Deaf community

Q: “Why do Deaf people always
hang around after a play (or any other
event) and stand together and talk?”

A: Even though they may have TTYs, faxes, texting, Webcams, and videophones, Deaf people are intensely visual. They crave face-to-face contact–not through a machine. For Deaf people, opportunities for barrier-free social intermingling are relatively rare. When they go to conferences, movies, plays, or festivals, they often crowd the lobbies and socialize. At expos, they often stand around in the aisles, much to the annoyance of the exhibitors. What are they doing? Catching each other up with their lives, discussing important issues or problems, or just yakking. They’re doing the social things they can’t do online.

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