Building self-esteem through Deafhood.
Building self-esteem through Deafhood.
What it stands for: Working together, we are better off and more successful than working alone.
Words Included: Belonging, Family, Worthy, Acceptance, Camadaeire, Coexist, Team Work, Connection, Inclusiveness, Community, Welcoming, Interdependent, Relationship, Eco, Friendship, Support, Charity, Diversity, Symbiotic, Networking
What it stands for: We serve as stewards for our community with honesty, consistency, and accountability.
Words Included: Honest, Tradition, Integrity, Stability, Proactive, Commitment, Sustainable, Forward Thinking, Organization, Transparency, Trustworthy, Trust, Abundance, Safe, High Quality, Simplicity, Progressive, Ethics
What it stands for: We celebrate and support each Deaf* person’s journey in developing one’s identity.
Words Included: Deafhood, Deaf Culture, Deaf Community, Pride, Deaf Space, Sign Language, Visual Language, Tactile Language, Motion, Space, Affirmation
What it stands for: We contribute to a better world by being willing to try new things and sharing what we’ve learned. Action is louder than words.
Words Included: Reaching Goals, Respect, Guiding, Advancement, Reliable, Creative, Contribution, Leadership, Knowledge, Resolution, Wisdom, Collaboration, Democratic, Global
What it stands for: Change can be hard and scary. We encourage listening to the heart and embracing the new.
Words Included: Mindfulness, Challenge, Heart, Flow, Comfort Zone, Caring, Peace, Openness, Adaptability, Communication, Gratitude, Balance, Confidence, Patient, Growth, Grounded, Life Changing, Self Esteem, Self Reliance, Growth in the community, Growth beyond the community, Life Skills, Affirmation, retention
What it stands for: We create and support adventures.
Words Included: Education, Outdoor, Experiential, Job Training, Universal Design, Soft Skills, Life Skills, Creativity, Ideas, Thought, Action
People may disagree both on the definitely on what’s best and how to get there but the goal is usually similar: to live in a community that is as good as it can be. Parents usually want the best for their kids. Deaf* people want to be appreciated for who they are. A shared vision that feels possible is needed in order for people to work together to make it happen.
While there is an industry focused on deafness, we recognize Deafhood. We understand that the views of a Deaf* person bring a refreshing insight on how to better our community and world. We recognize that a visual and tactical language (i.e. sign language) benefits all. Spoken language benefits some. Being Deaf or being hearing is not better than the other. Cultural exchange can happen to make the world a better place.
People will share more ideas, get more things done, and feed off one’s energy to keep the momentum. Diversity contributes to this by bringing in unique experiences and perceptions to help us think outside of the box. The world isn’t perfect, but working in diversity is necessary to create positive social change and make it a better place for everyone.
We often come up against attitudes that seem mean and unfeeling. In many cases, these attitudes are the result of people in different circumstances having little contact with the other. Once people understand and are touched by the beauty of Deaf culture, they often begin to understand and celebrate Deafhood. Once they, the vision becomes stronger and the future becomes brighter.
Experience is worth more than it’s weight in gold. While things cost money, it’s far more expensive to miss out on experiences that can change one’s life. Research on the thoughts of the dying shows that there was regret when it came to missing out on experiences. Makes sense, we can’t carry our things with us to the afterlife but memories are forever.
Once people reconnect with the wild, they usually feel a lot better about themselves. With technology, society can feel disconnected and mental illness can seem overwhelming. Once we lose ourselves with nature, we begin to become found. Grounding allows us to release our negativity and stress. Being outside does a body good.