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This painting by deaf artist Chuck Baird made me cry when I first saw it in a book of his prints. If you take the time to view this large, look at the little yellow child and the red-orange adult. The child signs, "Are you deaf?" and the adult signs, "Deaf, like you!" It gets me every time. I'm crying even as I type this. This simple exchange is symbolic of the breakthrough from isolation and loneliness (that many deaf children feel before they meet other deaf people) to the welcoming arms that draw a deaf newcomer into the fold of the Deaf culture.


There is so much more symbolism in this painting, and the more you know about deaf culture, and the more you study it, the more you will find. It just might make you cry too!

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Taken in August 1998