WEFOUNDStatistics of the Deaf and Dumb: A Paper Read Before the Medical Society of the State of New-York, June 25, 1852 (Classic Reprint)


  • DEAF ROOTS & PRIDE
  • HERITAGE PROJECT
  • HEALTH & WELLBEING
  • BSL CHARTER

  • DEAF ROOTS & PRIDE
  • HERITAGE PROJECT
  • HEALTH & WELLBEING
  • BSL CHARTER

NEW: Unemployment, higher education, and deaf & hard of hearing people:
A quick snapshot of research findings. (2011)

This seemingly straightforward question does not have a simple answer. The answer is not simple because various definitions of deafness are used, depending on where you look for answers, each leading to a different estimate for the number of deaf people in the United States. Below, we discuss the various surveys used to estimate the size of the deaf population and report the answers they offer.

Please note that here at the Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI) , we do not routinely collect data that would answer this question. The GRI manages the Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth . The Annual Survey pertains only to those young people identified by their schools as receiving educational services related to their deafness. We do not manage surveys of the adult deaf and hard of hearing population.

  • DEAF ROOTS & PRIDE
  • HERITAGE PROJECT
  • HEALTH & WELLBEING
  • BSL CHARTER

NEW: Unemployment, higher education, and deaf & hard of hearing people:
A quick snapshot of research findings. (2011)

This seemingly straightforward question does not have a simple answer. The answer is not simple because various definitions of deafness are used, depending on where you look for answers, each leading to a different estimate for the number of deaf people in the United States. Below, we discuss the various surveys used to estimate the size of the deaf population and report the answers they offer.

Please note that here at the Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI) , we do not routinely collect data that would answer this question. The GRI manages the Annual Survey of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Youth . The Annual Survey pertains only to those young people identified by their schools as receiving educational services related to their deafness. We do not manage surveys of the adult deaf and hard of hearing population.

Deaf culture is comprised of those who are deaf, hearing impaired, and the hearing world that interacts with them on a personal basis. Hearing members of deaf culture may include family members, teachers, friends, and spouses. Those that hear yet sign are often included in deaf culture as they are involved in the cultural activities that the hearing impaired participates in. Hearing impairment can be a difficult obstacle to overcome; however, it is not guarantee that someone will have an unsuccessful life.


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