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The Canadian Association of the Deaf provides this overview of terminology. There are many terms and understanding the differences is important. These terms include:

  • deaf
  • Deaf (with capital D)
  • deafened (Also known as late-deafened)
  • hard of hearing
  • hearing impaired
  • person who is deaf
  • manual deaf, Signing deaf
  • oral deaf
  • deaf-mute
  • deaf and dumb
  • Deaf-plus

Check out this resource to ensure you are using the right terminology.

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