What about Deaf people?
There’s another layer of consideration when referring to a person who is deaf.
The usual protocol among deaf people is:
- Uppercase ‘Deaf’ means the person uses Auslan (Australian Sign language) and self-identify as being a part of the Deaf community.
- Lower case ‘deaf’ refers to the adjective, and all people that are deaf.
- ‘Hard of hearing’ (rather than ‘hearing impaired’ which implies a negative loss of function) is the preferred term for people who do not identify with the Deaf community.