Links for Level 1 Culture Topics
These links are provided to assist you in preparing for the Level 1 Deaf Culture competitive event. They do not include information covered under the topic of grammar and language.
You may need to browse around on some of the websites provided to get all of the information you will need to know. Be curious!
Be advised that the ASL competition planning committee is not affiliated with or responsible for the content on the links provided, or external links from those sites. Be wise.
Facts and Percentages
- Countries where ASL is primarily used.
- Percentage of deaf children born to deaf adults, and the resulting cultural and linguistic implications.
- Which language ASL has the most in common with and why.
Origins of the first school for the deaf in America
Origins and establishment of Gallaudet University
The Milan Conference of 1880
The oralist movement in America
The 1988 “Deaf President Now” protest at Gallaudet University
NAD: National Association of the Deaf
NFSD: National Fraternal Society of the Deaf
Communication Technology for the Deaf
Links not available for following topics–see your teacher for information.
- Terminology, ie: culturally appropriate reference for a person who is deaf.
- Cross-cultural communication strategies.
- Negotiating a signing environment.
- Getting a person’s attention.
- Name signs: types of name signs, and rules governing name signs.
- Expectations: Information sharing when meeting a deaf person.
- Expectations: Information sharing and leave-taking.
- Culturally appropriate behavior to use when in the company of deaf people.
Grammar and Language
- Non-manual behaviors used for yes/no questions and WH-word questions.
- Establishing and using referents.
- Non-manual behaviors used for indicating distance.
- Number types: cardinal, ordinal, age, and time (minutes, hours).
- Appropriate uses for fingerspelling.
- Use of time signs, correct sentence structure with time signs.