"Life Before Captions: Deaf NYC Stories" A panel discussion at City Lore and interviews
Many American cities have large interconnected Deaf communities. The New York City Deaf community is perhaps one of the largest. While cultural neighborhoods are distinct, and deaf individuals participate in a variety of organizations, the underlying story is one of seeking linguistic connection. A critical mass of Deaf people creates opportunities for camaraderie, shared information, and ease of access to language.
Minimal documentation has been conducted on urban deaf life in the mid-20th century. Comparison and contrast with hearing communities is part of this humanities research that examines the way groups wrestle with linguistic, educational and employment challenges while building and maintaining cultural connections.