Deaf Literacy Nova Scotia 
What is Deaf?

Deaf with a capital "D" means a person who:

  • Has some hearing loss since birth or at young age
  • Uses ASL all his/her life
  • Socializes with Deaf and hearing friends in ASL
  • Accepts his/her different ways of life
  • Prefers to be called Deaf, not hearing impaired or deaf and dumb

deaf with a small "d" means a person who:

  • Has some hearing loss, may wear a hearing aid
  • Prefers to communicate with voice, may not know sign language