Inside Deaf Culture
@2005 by Carol Padden & Tom Humphries
First Harvard University paperback edition 2006
Reviewed by Steve O'Keefe
Is being deaf being defective?
The obvious answer is no. A lack of hearing is not a disability. A lack of hearing in a culture defined by people who can hear is a hardship, not a disability. The loss of one's hearing can lead to disability. It can also lead to a blissful discovery of a world without sound and kinship with others who successfully navigate the silent life.