Wikipedia:WikiProject Deaf

Welcome to WikiProject Deaf!

WikiProject Deaf is a collaborative community for people who are interested to improve articles related to sign languages, Deaf culture and deaf-related. You are welcome to post a notice on the Project talk page if you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, or anything related to Deaf- or hard-of-hearing-related articles. Click here to start a new discussion on the Talk page.

If you, as Wikipedians who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Hearing person involving with Deaf Culture, would like to assist with this Project, please feel free to add your name to the list below and start participating on this Project page. For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProjects and Wikipedia:WikiProject best practices.

Feel free to tag Deaf- and Hard-of-Hearing-related articles, on their talk pages, by placing the following text at the top of the article's Talk page: {{WikiProjectDeaf}}.

Please do not write articles that advocate one particular viewpoint on deaf, politics, religion, or anything else. Understand what we mean by a neutral point of view WP:NPV before tackling/editing this sort of topic.
Be neutral. Citation is your gateway to allowing a sentence/paragraph in. Do not copy original text as-is; you must reword them as neutral and non-offensive as possible.
Neutral point-of-view is the primary goal of Wikipedia.


  WikiProject Deaf Members

If you participate at Deaf/HOH-related articles, and would like to join this Project, please feel free to add yourself to this list.

Anyone can become a member of this project; all you have to do is add your name to the list and start participating on these pages.

You can add a WikiProject Deaf userbox to your userpage, by adding the following text to it: {{User WikiProject Deaf}}.

If you prefer not to use a userbox, you can add [[Category:WikiProject Deaf participants|Username]] to your userpage.

Either action will add you to Category:WikiProject Deaf participants. Welcome to the Project!


  1. To improve the overall quality of articles relating to sign languages, Deaf culture and deafness.
  2. To encourage collaboration and the formation of a community of Deaf, hard of hearing and interested Hearing wikipedians.
  3. To achieve a consensus from a wider group on what are sometimes controversial topics, emphasising a representation from Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing people.
  4. To improve the relevant content from all regions of the world.
  5. To integrate all the articles into a consistent classification schema (e.g. category hierarchies).


  1. (proposed) Sign languages and linguistics. Establish conventions for sign language pages and implement them (a draft page is now online at Wikipedia:WikiProject Languages/Template (sign language)). Give examples of different sign languages with images and video samples. Also, create a network of pages on sign language linguistics.
  2. (proposed) NPOV. Manage pages to insure that all aspects of deafness are addressed in a NPOV, i.e.- both medical and cultural.
  • Formulate conventions on terminology ("hearing loss", "hearing impairment", hard of hearing, deaf/Deaf, hearing/Hearing, etc.) and apply throughout Wikipedia.
  • Discuss possible redirects and disambiguation.


  1. Create articles from red links on list of sign languages.
  2. Develop examples/descriptions of Deaf culture in Deaf culture.
    1. list of films and literature
  3. Add {{WikiProjectDeaf}} at the top of the talk page of deaf related articles.
  4. Find pictures and videos of sign languages.
  5. Education:
    1. Deaf education: Simultaneous Communication, Total Communication, Manualism and oralism, Milan Conference, Bilingual-bicultural education;
    2. Deaf schools: Rochester School for the Deaf, Maryland School for the Deaf, E.C. Drury School for the Deaf
  6. Deaf history: Frederick J. Rose, History of sign language, Harlan Lane
  7. Expand and maintain the article on recognition of sign languages.
  8. Expand Telecommunications Relay Service and replace its copyrighted images with free ones.


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WikiProject Deaf (Rated Project-class)
This page is part of WikiProject Deaf, the WikiProject which seeks to improve articles relating to all aspects of deaf-related and Deaf culture. For the Project guidelines, see the project page or talk page.
  Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
{{WikiProjectDeaf}} WikiProject Deaf Talk Page Template For use at the header of all pages within the scope of the project.
{{User WikiProject Deaf}} Userbox For use on contributors' userpages
{{wikipedia ads|ad=143}} WikiProject Deaf Ad For use on userpages ONLY to recruit potential members and raise awareness of the project.


Please add {{WikiProjectDeaf}} to the talk page of any article within the scope of WikiProject Deaf. Once you do, you can see it in the list of the articles in Category:WikiProject Deaf articles.

Articles in need of improvementEdit

  1. Sign language
  2. International Sign (link to vocabulary or at least some example signs)
  3. Hearing loss
  4. Deaf culture
  5. Prelingual deafness
  6. Child of deaf adult
  7. Telecommunications Relay Service
  8. Subtitle (captioning)
  9. Closed captioning
  10. Sign singing
  11. Cued Speech
  12. American Sign Language literature
  13. Si5s
  14. South African Sign Language (the Linguistics section contains nothing about linguistics)

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Deaf#Open tasks for one example of how this section can be used.

Articles in need of assessments (grading)Edit

Wikipedia:WikiProject Deaf/Assessment

Articles in need of creationEdit

  1. History of Deaf Education or similar title, to explain residential schools, the fight over oralism, the politics of how it was decided what kids would be taught, etc. (My request, please move if in wrong place. BrainyBabe 13:11, 4 July 2007 (UTC))
    I went ahead and gave it a more concise title if that's okay with you. I may get to this if I have time in the future. Working for Him (talk) 00:52, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
    May I recommend that we break up Deaf history into one or more of the following focus
    --Egberts (talk) 19:35, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
  2. National Theatre for the Deaf just linked to on American Sign Language Literature. Definitely meets notability requirements. Docmcconl (talk) 03:50, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
  3. Articles linked from Laurent Clerc Award probably need to be created, as they are probably prominent and notable figures. Disavian (talk) 00:08, 4 June 2012 (UTC)
  1. Dimitra Arapoglou (IT), an Woman Deaf politician greek --SurdusVII (talk) 17:03, 23 April 2014 (UTC)


Please note that the Wikipedians only want to see new categories that are 'notable'. The explanation at WP:OCTrivial is worth noting: "Avoid intersections of two traits that are unrelated, even if some person can be found that has both traits. For example, celebrities are usually notable for reasons other than being gamers." So while Marlee Matlin really is notable for being a deaf actress, people in occupations like astronomy or book binding are not, to choose two of the more extreme cases above.

Recognized contentEdit

Featured articlesEdit

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Did You Knows (DYKs)Edit

Formerly recognized contentEdit

Former featured articlesEdit

Former good articlesEdit

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team release version selectionsEdit


This project's parents are WikiProject Culture, WikiProject Languages, and WikiProject Clinical medicine.

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Msleeanntang (talk) 18:25, 16 February 2020 (UTC)