Do Deaf People Have a Disability?

  title={Do Deaf People Have a Disability?},
  author={Harlan Lane},
  journal={Sign Language Studies},
  pages={356 - 379}
  • H. Lane
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Philosophy
  • Sign Language Studies
RE C E N T LY I asked a colleague, a university professor I’ll call Archibald, whether he thought that Deaf people have a disability. “Of course they do,” he answered,“it’s common sense.” I believe that most hearing people and some Deaf people, too, would say the same thing.When my colleague called the conclusion common sense, he implied that the meanings of the words themselves answered my question.A disability is a limitation of function because of an impairment. Deaf people are limited in… 
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