Glossary of Terms


Ddeaf Equality Forward uses the term ‘Ddeaf’ to refer to all Deaf, deaf, deafened, deaf blind and hard of hearing people.


with a small ‘d’, is a general term used to describe all deaf people (deafened, hard of hearing, partially deaf etc.). This group of deaf people tend not to identify themselves as part of the ‘Deaf community’, and use spoken language.


with a capital D, is used to describe someone who is born or who became profoundly deaf at an early age and see themselves as part of the ‘Deaf community’. Their first or preferred language is usually sign language. Deaf people tend to see themselves as part of a linguistic minority, and not as disabled.