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What You Need to Know About Deaf Culture   

IN-PERSON: The Elderwise classroom at the Vineyard Church

We all want to be aware of and honor the cultures of those around us, but what do you know about Deaf culture? Come to this class and learn: What is the difference between Deaf and deaf? What are some characteristics of Deaf culture? Do cochlear implants make a deaf person hearing? Is deafness a disability? Do Deaf people want to be hearing? What is Deaf Gain? Is sign language universal? What are the unique features of sign language? And most importantly, how should you communicate with a Deaf person? Chris Hench holds an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. She was the Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit in Oakland County which supported persons with developmental disabilities, including those who were Deaf and had disabilities. She is currently a consultant for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and DeafCAN! on Deaf mental health issues. Chris is the mother of an adult Deaf son.



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