Our rights, our citizenship, our future


As members of the Deaf community, we want to be recognized as a linguistic minority, to be accorded the same kind of recognition and respect given to other ethnic groups.

We want to preserve American Sign Language, which is the primary language for many of us. The right to have access to, learn, and use ASL, is not a privilege or frill, but a basic human right for all deaf people—children and adults.

As U.S. citizens, we insist on fair and equal treatment. We want our language and Constitutional rights respected.

We want Deaf people to be portrayed in a positive light in mainstream media, showing that we are healthy, intelligent, successful persons, instead of being described in negative terms with expressions such as hearing loss, hearing-impaired, and hearing-challenged, and with adjectives such as silent and isolated.

We the Deaf People is planned as a humanitarian organization, a watchdog, and a Deaf-rights advocacy group.

We have five basic goals: