What are big D and little D Deaf Awareness Article

An informative article from deaf@x which explores the differences between big D and little d and why understanding the difference matters for service providers being informed about best practice to empower service users who are deaf.

In summary:

Deaf (with an upper case ‘D’) generally denotes someone who was born Deaf, and predominantly uses British Sign Language and culturally identifies with the Deaf community.

deaf (with a lower case ‘d’) refers to someone who has become deaf over their lifetime and identifies with the hearing community. They will tend to use hearing aids or lip-reading.