25, ACTRESS/Hairdressing Apprentice

Profoundly Deaf

"We call ourselves Deaf with a capital D because we have a culture. It’s a very special one. We have our own language that comes with plenty of slang. Like, we make up words that can’t be expressed in English. For example, we mouth ‘baba’ when we sign it and it means something like ‘strange’ or ‘odd’.

There’s etiquette too. We have our own social rules, like, if you want a Deaf person’s attention, you are allowed to bang with your hand on the table if you are at dinner, tap on the shoulder or bang with your foot on the floor or turn the light off and on."