tim humphries

The traditional way of writing about Deaf people is to focus on the fact of their condition- that they do not hear- and to interpret all other aspects of their lives as consequences of this fact… In contrast of the long history of writings that treat them as medical cases, or as people with “disabilities”, who “compensate” for the deafness by using sign language, we want to portray the lives they live, their art and performances, their everyday talk, their shared myths, and the lessons they teach one another. We have always felt that the attention given to the physical condition of not hearing has obscured far more interesting facets of Deaf people’s lives.

Carol Padden and Tim Humphries, Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture


If you are interested in Deaf culture, you should definitely be reading this book.