The language primarily used by Deaf people in the United States is American Sign Language (ASL), and many Deaf people acquire English as a second language. As is true for anyone who acquires English as a second language, there may be differences in English fluency. Fluency or lack of fluency in English is never a reflection of an individual’s intellect.
To support self-advocacy for communication access. We have created an Advocacy Card for members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing community to share with hearing people, informing them of federal laws requiring communication access and accommodations.