Hello. I’m Thomas K. Holcomb. Most people know me as Tom. I want to welcome you to this website, American Deaf Culture. This site was developed primarily to serve as a companion to the textbook, Introduction to American Deaf Culture, which I authored in 2011. There are 15 chapters in the book covering various aspects of Deaf Culture and Deaf Community such as Disability vs. Culture, Rules of Social Interactions, and Universality of the deaf experience. Also included in the book are sections on Deaf literature such as ASL poetry and storytelling. Because the book was written in English, it does not do justice to the beauty of original works in ASL. For that reason, this companion website was developed to make it possible for you to view the work as originally presented.
Also, on this website, you will find information on my other works related to Deaf Culture and Deaf Education. They include books, DVD/workbook sets, training package, along with book chapters and articles that were published in various professional journals. Some are available for purchase. Others can be accessed by clicking on the URLs listed on this website.
Thank you for your interest in the fascinating world of Deaf people.