Pathological ideology is an imposed view, stemming from values and beliefs, which place high value on speaking and hearing. Hence, the pervasive definition that “deaf” is a condition, a deficiency, which it creates a language delay, has become a fiber of our society. We need to challenge people to “react differently” when encountering the ideology of what is means to be deaf. Deaf people are a culturo-linguistic community and when they are allowed to create their own ideology in their natural environment, they can, in return, be celebrated for their contributions to society.
Marika is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the American Sign Language Department. She brings passion to all facets of her life.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Watch the video below.