Posts by Amy Lazzaretti

Introductions in Deaf Culture

It is often said that Deaf conversations are perhaps too revealing for the hearing culture. Upon meeting a stranger and introducing yourself, how much information do you reveal about yourself within the first five minutes? A little? A lot? Nothing (after your name, of course)? Your answer to that question. . . + Read More

Deaf Culture’s Never Ending Goodbye

When you are chatting and are ready to leave, you make a simple gesture of saying goodbye. That lasts, what? 5 seconds? Even in a party, you still make a brief goodbye, perhaps lasting up to 10-15 seconds. However, in the Deaf world, the briefest good-bye may last 10-15 minutes.. . . + Read More

The National Association of the Deaf

In a world that thrives on communication, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) stands as a beacon of empowerment and advocacy for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities in the United States. Established in 1880, the NAD has played a pivotal role in promoting equality, accessibility, and the. . . + Read More

Embracing Deaf Awareness Month

September is a significant month for fostering understanding and recognition of Deaf culture and the challenges faced by the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Deaf Awareness Month, observed annually in September, provides an opportunity for us to celebrate the richness of Deaf culture, raise awareness about communication accessibility, and. . . + Read More

5 Reasons to Learn ASL

American Sign Language (ASL) is a dynamic and expressive language that serves as the primary means of communication for the Deaf community. Beyond its functional purpose, learning ASL offers a wide range of personal, social, and professional benefits. Whether you’re looking to expand your communication skills or enhance your cultural. . . + Read More

Happy International Week of the Deaf!

Every year, the last full week of September is celebrated as the International Week of the Deaf (IWD). This vibrant and significant event shines a spotlight on Deaf culture, Deaf communities, and the rights of Deaf individuals around the world. It’s a time to celebrate diversity, raise awareness, and advocate. . . + Read More

Deaf Authors Through History

In honor of the National “Love Your Bookstore” Day, let’s get to know a bit about a few Deaf Authors and the books they’ve written and published. In the last decade or so, Deaf and hard-of-hearing authors have started to appear more frequently in fiction and non-fiction book realm, which. . . + Read More

Influential Deaf Women – Then and Now

The world has witnessed numerous trailblazers who have shattered barriers and left an indelible mark on history. Among these remarkable individuals are Deaf women whose courage, resilience, and determination have paved the way for progress and equality for the Deaf community. Despite facing communication challenges and societal prejudices, these exceptional. . . + Read More

ASL Facts You May Not Know

American Sign Language is a beautiful language that is used by millions of Deaf people in America and Canada.  It is a language that has been around for many years and continues to grow and change just like every other language. In this blog, I will be sharing some fun facts. . . + Read More