We are Deaf

The Deaf community is made up of extremely diverse people. From every walk of life, in every corner of the world. Watch this powerful video, a signature statement on just how truly special and global the Deaf community is. With people from 27 different countries participating, We Are Deaf is a special message from us to you.

Want more? Read the behind the scenes blog here and learn about the making of this video!

Thanks to those who took part in this video. Our deepest appreciation goes to:
New Zealand
St. Thomas
United Arab Emirates

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  1. Luis says:

    Thumbs up!!

  2. Penny says:

    Best and powerful simple vlog in century. Beautiful and touching vlog too. Goose bumps! :-)

  3. Brent says:


  4. Antonio Campos says:


  5. Howard Knight says:

    Wow! What an impressive video. Makes me happy to be Deaf and unique. You all are in my world! Thanks for sharing.

  6. randy medley says:

    Cotiune Alive thier Deaf World that where you Showed me , this make me feel Good , cuz I am Deaf and I am from Kentucky too… God Bless you !

  7. Lekselles says:

    Pozitive video!!! =)

  8. Romaine says:

    Thanks for sharing the world with me. I loved your video…at times it went a bit too fast because I wanted to look longer on the people you interviewed. I am not deaf but my cousins are and they shared this with me…a BIG THANKS.

  9. Adele Harth says:

    Beautiful– brought tears to my eyes.

  10. Pam Cavazos says:

    That video is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in my life! Thank you, DeafNation.

  11. Lara Balczarek says:

    LOVE THIS!!!!!

  12. Esther Doss says:

    WOW! What a fantastic video! JUST LOVE IT!!! Yes! Deaf can do anything!

  13. Lisa Hermatz Chahayed says:

    One of the most amazing Deaf videos I have ever seen. I loved it!!

  14. NORA says:

    Hermosa página; saludos desdes David-Chiriquí, Panamá

  15. Maurice Hayard says:

    Bravo à l’ami Joel Barish pour cette magnifique vidéo, qui est un kaléidoscope des richesses de la Culture de notre Communauté des Sourds dans le Monde. Bonne continuation

  16. Nancy Lee Gallagher says:

    Great work to show that we the deaf can do anything! Happy New Year! Hope 2012 will bring you many more interesting adventures.

  17. Deaf-TV says:

    I looked your Movie Language Sign World very good!! :-)

  18. Timothy Trotto says:

    I can’t wait to show it to my ASL high school classes tomorrow!

  19. Richard L Ray says:

    Beautiful and very inspiring loving work! The video is really uplifting and very pleasurable to watch. Great job!

  20. Jaime says:

    inspiring!! thank you for being just “you”, jaime

  21. Kamran Lashari says:

    Very proud of our deafs the world and very better feeling the different countries and cultures as well. We strong the friendship deafs in World

    Kamran Lashari

  22. Stephen Vande Logt says:

    Fantastic Video ! My sister is one of these amazing people that take on life everyday Champ; is successful.

  23. Kelly Kaelin says:

    Congratulations on a beautifully done and well communicated video! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we all have unique gifts to give to the world. What we CAN do matters. Here’s to creating a barrier-free world.

  24. Willie white says:

    wow, a brilliant video, I love it….fantastic for Deaf awareness training, well done to everyone involved….hello from Ireland

  25. Roy says:

    like this

  26. Alvaro DL says:

    Congratulations…!!! Incredible video champ; good job. I love it!!!!

  27. Hulagirl says:

    Great job, fascinating to see all the cultures signs for deaf.

  28. hula0716 says:

    Wonderful VLOG fascinating how deaf signed in other areas and cultures.

  29. Matthew Calamare says:

    Thats made me felt proud to being Deaf who is same thing as i have a Skills as they have it. :) Keep it up Good work!

  30. Таня says:


    MEET AMAZING! :) FRIENDS OF COHESION gets stronger world! WE LOVE YOU ALL! :) Tanya (RUSSIA)

  31. Yvonne Rich-Sirus says:

    thank you for excellent video You are Deaf! It is nice knowing around the world of Deaf people. I do appreciated it and enjoy watching. Bravo!

  32. Jerry Nichols says:

    Joel/Deaf Nation,
    I was inspired by this vlog on ‘We Are Deaf’! I really enjoyed viewing the various signs for the same term and concepts. This shows that we Deaf do think alike! This one positively does build bridges between our countries in languages and cultures! I certainly will show this to my ASL students! Keep it up!
    Jerry Nichols, Deaf Educator

  33. Rodney Bell says:

    I am proud of you all. That is a Beautiful Deaf World! Yes, WE ARE DEAF. Two Thumbs Up!

  34. CAK says:

    This video deserves some kind of humanitarian award for this inspirational presentation. Beautiful! Thank you Joel for bringing this to light. I found it powerful, inspirational and sensational!

  35. Alina Love says:

    Fantastic…we all deaf unique from all the world!!! Love you all Deaf!!!:)))xxx

  36. Liz says:

    Lovely post. Its nice to see others from around the world, like myself. Thank you.

  37. Betsi says:

    So inspiring!

  38. NIKOS ISSARIS says:

    Congratulation for this awesome video!!!!!! Hope one day WE JOIN YOU with Greek Sign Language!!!!

  39. Amy Barber of Amy's Little Signs says:

    This one is really awesome! Your “We Are Deaf”, man! I applaud you, Joel!
    I can’t wait for you to come and visit my business.
    I will be looking forward to hear from you.
    Thank you!

  40. Joe says:

    Amazing and Inspiring!

  41. Carlos Sicard says:

    Videos like this should be shown to the hearing people to teach them that deaf people are part of our world and that they can think and learn like any other human been. I as a hearing person, every day admire the deaf people! Very good presentation, “esta por el libro…no hay palabras”…

  42. Parabéns!! surdos e deaf !!

  43. Marcy Krull says:

    Fantastic deaf world video !! you guys did a wonderful job creating this video ! Yes ! We are deaf and can do almost anything we dream of doing !

  44. Claudia says:

    Wow, it is a amazing and beautiful video. Thank you.

    Claudia from Germany

  45. Sandy Osmann says:

    TRULY AMAZING – absolutely love it!!!

  46. Rick says:

    Fabulous,I m really feel pride deaf in the world and show open opportunity..

  47. luciani says:

    Hi Joel Congratulations…!!! Incredible video champ; good job. I love it world !!!!

    sucess Congratulations…!!! :)

  48. angela says:

    i m deaf n inerest deaf pple are diffy sign langauge .. i agree deaf pple can do it work hard and successfull

  49. Kaori Okamoto says:

    Good Job!!
    Thank you!!
    From Japan♥

  50. Amanda Krafft says:

    That’s great!! Bless you..

  51. Anke says:

    Great! Greetings from Plauen, Germany!

  52. Theron says:

    We deserve that subject as “WE ARE DEAF”, but relate of WE THE DEAF OF THE WORLD instead “WE THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA”.. We have gratitude that DeafNation are superb videos among deaf cultures of the world. They’re great impressive into our life.

  53. amparo says:

    hola tu viaje mundo deaf muy bien pero falta españa nada lastima un abrazo

  54. capely says:

    genial video de la culture des sourds du monde
    felicitations à JOEL BARISH
    nous sommes fiers de la culture des sourds comme les entendants, ils peuvent travailler n’importe ???? important l’accessibilité pour l’onu

    Great video of deaf culture in the world
    Congratulations to Joel BARISH
    We are proud of the deaf culture as hearing people, they can work anywhere?? important access for the UN

  55. Darki says:

    I’m speak german!

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu diesem hervorragendem Film!!!
    Einwandfreie Werbung für Gehörlose in der ganzen Welt.

    Mehr davon!!!

    Congratulations on this outstanding film!
    Perfect Advertising for the deaf in the world.

    More like this!

  56. danilo miranda says:

    Bem vindo Brasil. Eu sou surdo. Abraço

    Welcome to Brazil. I am deaf. hug

  57. nizzi says:

    c’est beau du monde de sourds etranges et l’origine du langues de signes qui sont proches du monde c’est magnifique

    How beautiful the world of the deaf and the origin of sign languages ​​that are close to the world is beautiful


    good happy world cool

  59. Henri Corderoy says:

    Very lovely video ! Positive philosophy…
    We can do everything in expect of hearing !
    Henri from Paris, France

  60. John Barber says:

    Very impressive

  61. Amanda Krafft says:

    Hi have you been to Australia yet? I am deaf and Australia. Have a great day. You lucky to touch the world. Bless you. Amanda

  62. john p doyle says:

    Fablous remarks here but what happened to us..the lrish..disappointed that joel never visit us in green emerald lreland…many deaf are here too all over 32 counties ..joel,hope you will visit us soon and mention us in the list of countries
    yeah..we are proud of our deafness+no barriers at all..see you all soon ..John P Doyle

  63. TERRI GRILL says:


  64. Bradley says:

    That is wonderful!……I used to travel around world to build machines. Love it!

  65. Ron Rice says:

    Wonderful…Deaf World… Good Vlog.

  66. Nathalie says:

    Congradulations for ce clip, LOOK Deaf Can in world entendants with the good job

  67. Dana and Bruce Barnes says:

    This video makes “shut eyes” wide awake and “gloomy minded” more crystal clear.

  68. MrShineyhead says:

    That is so AWESOME! I am so glad that you showed this beautiful video to everyone. So they can see what Deaf in the world can do! Hooray! :0)

  69. Betty H says:

    Wow!!! I love it. Excellent Vlog!

  70. Dorota Śledź says:

    I love deaf whole world , miraculous …. I am POLISH

  71. Anna Pavia says:

    I get goosebump watch this video of beautiful Deaf people around world.
    Me Deaf too from Melbourne
    Love watch again and share this to my friends.
    Thanks ;o)

  72. SANDRA ISAACS says:

    That wonderful… All deaf can do it…Thumb up

  73. Pavel DEAF says:

    Úžasné!!!! Opravdu se ti povedlo! Moc se mi líbí…. Paja Deaf Czech Republic

  74. Utah Deaf Guy says:


  75. ESTHER says:

    Beautiful! I admire you. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  76. Sammy Draggoo says:

    WOW !!! wonderful, so proud of this our deaf world ..we feel can do anything just like the deaf world … keep it up . come on more deaf world ya ya !!!

  77. Natter says:

    Great and inspiring video! A bit of clarification, in 00:30, for the Philippines, instead of “am I Bingi,” can it be changed to “I am Bingi” or if you would really use the Filipino translation of “I am Deaf (Bingi)”–it would have to be “Ako ay Bingi!” Just a suggestion. Thank you.

  78. lovemore says:

    wow, beautiful video and so inspiring. Well done Deafnation. We are Deaf, and we are Proud of it.

  79. Peter Krause says:

    Ich finde super toll…

  80. Chris Gruber says:

    Loved the video… I too have lived and travel the world many years ago where my parents worked. Proud of you :-)

  81. Matt says:

    Very NICE!!!! I see u video, Happy “WE ARE DEAF” other peoples and other country, we have love Deaf´s in World

  82. Lisa Dispoto-Frankel says:

    That’s so AWESOME for deaf world…. Joel Barish is really so wonderful job to meet deaf people in the world about “NO BARRIERS!!”

  83. Anja Jane ჱܓ says:


    Sob sob….. None of the Nordic countries

    You should take me here in DENMARK

    Many greetings from Anja Jane, Denmark

  84. Latasha Clements says:

    Hello , I am Hard of Hearing . I like to see all over the different worlds to meet a different cultures and I’m learning by seeing that DEAF ARE SO BEAUTIFUL WITH DIFFERENT LANGUAGES . It is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME !!!!

  85. Irene Liu says:

    Love the video! Makes me being proud of who I am!

  86. Alan Stewart says:

    Really AWESOME and Congratulations Joel and he work very hard to see Deaf World and about “No Barrier”! We are DEAF. I hope he will come to Australia. DEAF AUSTRALA… :-)

  87. Adriano says:

    sou surdo bem vindo brasil

  88. May says:

    AWESOME ……. pretty sign. I am proud to be deaf. thanks for sharing vido.

  89. Weng Rivera says:

    Hello Joel,

    I read and watched the video WE ARE DEAF…catch that word the language in my country. it should not AM I BINGI…correct AKO AY BINGI here the way in Tagalog language. can you edit the word? thank you sir

    Looking forward

  90. Carlos Romano says:

    Good evening, Joel Barish,
    I am deaf in brazil.
    i love, deaf international.
    note 10

  91. Enrique says:

    Hafa Adai,

    Pretua Tataui si…

  92. Carol Finkle says:

    I just came across your video. Made me smile; made me proud (of you/your generation). I would now like to live long enough to see Deaf America (leaders and otherwise) become highly visible in the Occupy movement in every city in the country…with regular appearances, tackling every Deaf/human rights issue the culture has been struggling with since 1880/AG Bell Milan etc.). I say this after a life-time of witnessing the exclusion and discrimination Deaf citizens face (increasingly I might add, in spite of the ADA) especially now that Hearing world (Audists) are hell bent, more than every in euthanizing your culture [e.g. HLAA and all of its chapters nationwide; League for HOH; and, of course, the famous/infamous A.G. Bell Assoc. of the Deaf...all determined to wipe out the deaf gene, the key to the culture and the American Sign language that mirrors it]. Lastly, my hope is that you (all) should show up at EHDI in St. Louis Mary 5,6 in support of/with DBA and AFA. I will be there with both of these organizations, which, like your video, give me hope when there is hardly any left regarding the continuation of the Deaf culture in America or around the globe.

  93. Stefan Pufahl says:

    Hello dear DeafNation,
    I’m surprised that was great DeafNation, and enjoys. I had also been traveling the world, almost the same to me many Deaf people Nationale! I do hope that in the future, wish DaefNationale. Thank you Greetings from Germany Stefan Pufahl

  94. margaret collins says:

    very awesome!!!

  95. Marti C says:

    Inspirational, beautiful creation and beautifully filmed. Hands in the air applause!

  96. CHERY says:

    Je dis grand bravo à Joêl Barish pour le contact avec des sourds dans le monde où j’ai déja parcouru sans voir autant de sourds en 1990.Tu as de la chance de les connaitre comme j’ai la chair de poule en voyant cela car c’est une grande famille de sourds qu’il est intéressanr d’échanger avec des signes.C’est vraiment une langue universelle pour les sourds que je suis très fier parmi eux…Respectons notre identité avec préservance et dignité…Bye!Ciao!Au Revoir!!!
    Votre admirateur Piero CHERY

    I say thumbs up for Barish Joêl contact with deaf people in the world where I have already traveled without seeing as many deaf 1990. You’re lucky to know them as I have goose bumps seeing this because it is a great family that is deaf to interact with intéressanr signes.C is truly a universal language for the deaf that I am very proud of them … respect our identity and dignity … with préservance Bye! Ciao! Au Revoir!

  97. mandeep chawla says:

    hi joel

    i am very interested deaf world mandeep

  98. Maged Nabawy says:

    I’m so glad and proud this beautiful video from different sign languages all around the world :-)

  99. Dusan Nikolic says:

    Wow, really fantastic a video, too idea!!!

    I’m proud DEAF!!! Too DEAF World!!!

    GO DEAF!!!

    Greetings from Serbia
    Dusan Nikolic

  100. ulfat says:

    We are very proud of deaf people! Hopefully it!

  101. maria christina lambrano says:

    like world is different how sign learn if .I need proud happy the world

  102. patreena bryan says:

    We are the DEAF World – true all different but united through “Deaf Pride”. Yes we can do anything!

  103. Jonas teixeira da rocha says:

    I deaf yes name.Jonas brazil

  104. Robert Perelman says:

    Greetings from Booneville,Arkansas,USA I’m so exciting about DeafNation have wonderful and great!

  105. Ruta says:

    Esu iš Lietuvos. Sveikinu jus, Joel Barish. Jūs daug keliavote ir dar keliaujate. Pagirtina. Ar esate buvęs Lietuvoje? Mes esame kurčiųjų pasaulyje. Tai puikus.

    I am from Lithuania. I congratulate you, Joel Barish. You have traveled a lot and still traveling. Commendable. Have you ever been in Lithuania? We are a deaf world. That’s wonderful.

  106. Ricky Snipes says:

    Wow so beautiful different asl languages all World.

  107. ChengTan says:

    Beautiful movie around the globe that show we are truly deaf and open door to travelers who wish to learn about different culture, understanding their jobs, life and fun communicate in different sign language. We like to see and learn their countries. Me and my wife are from Malaysia and Thailand but we live in Texas, US. Joel Barish, good job on special movie.

  108. Patricia says:

    I am interesting to watch different sign language world. It was very good….Thks Pat

  109. Chairman says:

    Wow, really fantastic a video, too idea!!!
    I’m proud DEAF!!! Too DEAF World!!!
    GO DEAF!!!

  110. tete khim says:


  111. Joy says:


  112. Karin Cañola says:

    Mundos Todos Amigos Sordos Muy Buenos

  113. flor tugas calabe says:

    thumbs up! i am not deaf but i always respect people, not only the deaf but all others who r physically deprived. u r even better and doing better than many normal people. i salute u! God bless all of u :)

  114. Taylor Z says:

    I am not deaf but I was blessed with the ability to learn and understand American Sign Language at a very young age, although I have never followed up on it until I started high school. I love Sign Language and I love learning about Deaf Culture. There is so much to learn! And so much to love! I’m definitely showing this video to my ASL teacher, who is actually Deaf! Good job on this video! Deaf Power!

  115. symen tjeerdsma says:

    I myself am Deaf. the whole world of the Deaf is really special and communication thru wsl (world sign language) are awesome.

  116. Sky says:

    So many different types of sign but they are all so similar! No matter where you go, so long as you know some form of sign you could speak to any Deaf person in the world! Sign language truely is the universal language!

  117. Ashley says:

    I LOVE THIS!! :D :D

  118. Richard says:

    This vidoe is AWESEOME, inspiring me. I thank God for creating different people over the world for HIS PLESASURE. It is about the unstoppable love of HIM!

  119. Bruce J. Wydallis says:

    Great view of deaf all over the world. My first time viewing it. Puts a smile on me to know different cultures. Excellent job.

  120. Connie L Thompson says:

    Hi Joel,
    I am from Iowa, U make me laugh so hard, make me happy than I am depress but U make me smile U are so very funnny!!! I love to watch world deaf and on T.V. are’nt really show world but wow U did fly to travel of world deaf I love to watch I never see before wow I love to see more world but if u need money I would like to donation for u and keep go travel I was wondering how long years u travel??? And I want to see ur home everythings from world give u the things also u bought things what look like u have ur home or apt whatever.
    god bless you and safe travel
    thanks, co

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