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Students at Alberta School for the Deaf say being deaf defines them, but doesn’t limit them “We can do everything. We just can’t hear’

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EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kamil Burnat, 18, and his classmate Jeffrey Stepien, 17, have a lot in common. They’re both the children of Polish immigrants. And they’re both deaf.
For them, that’s simply normal. It’s what they’ve grown up with. It’s all they and their families have ever known.
Their parents are deaf. Their siblings are deaf. But Burnat and Stepien don’t think of themselves as deaf. They are Deaf, with a capital D. It’s part of their identity, in the same way that being Polish is.
It’s what defines them, not what limits them.
“Being Deaf is not a disability. Deaf is a culture. We have our own language,” says Burnat, speaking through American Sign Language interpreter Dallas McEwen.
“I agree with Kamil,” says Stepien. “We definitely have our own sense of identity. A disability is something you can’t do. But we can do everything. We just can’t hear. I don’t know where the stigma of disability comes from.”http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Students+Alberta+School+Deaf+being+deaf+defines+them+doesn+limit+them/9594250/story.html