There are so many totally misleading and one-sided statements here it is difficult to find truth. Please quit with the divisive rhetoric and division by background, decibel or mode.
50 years of emancipation sold down the river by a minority identity gig. 'WE are this, THEY are that..' it defines segregationist aspiration. So they have redefined US too ? By what right ? We can show them many many examples where their ID definition just does not apply.
One good reason English grammar needs to be included in sign use, if only to explain to deaf people the implication of what they are saying. Sign grammar does not seek to do that.
Hearing-impaired people in Louisiana might be officially called "deaf," "Deaf" or "d/Deaf" under measure that the state Senate is considering. The Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday (May 23) endorsed a resolution asking the Louisiana State Law Institute to address language in current laws addressing deafness.
In hearing-impaired circles, a distinction is made based on an individual's degree of disability. In text, a capitalized "D" in "Deaf" represents someone born without the ability to hear, while a lowercase "d" denotes someone who lost hearing ability over time or as a result of some injury. The collective term is stylized as "d/Deaf."
But certain portions of Louisiana's legal text do not allow for symbols such as the slash or hyphen. Laws passed by the Legislature could be misconstrued or unnecessarily complicated by this stylization.
House Concurrent Resolution 36 by Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, asks the institute to provide some clarity through a better textual, collective definition for the community. The resolution has already passed the House.