I read this article and wanted to share it with y'all. I agree, our exposure to the Hearing World exploded with Social Media, but I admit we do have a long way to go to eradicate stereotypes.
So, what do you think? Did it help or do we still have a long way to go? Let's start a discussion in comments.
Please Note: This is entirely my opinion and may not reflect others who are Deafblind.
There was a recent court case where a Deafblind man, Paul McGann, demanded that Cinemark Theaters provide him with a Tactile Interpreter so he can attend "Gone Girl".
Now I'm wondering how this would work.....
There'll be two interpreters to take turns - not just the dialogue, but screen actions, descriptions of people, places and so on and so forth.
Some of you have seen Captioning - print descriptions of every sound happening:
[dog barks in distance]
[paper rustling on desk]
Then there's audio description for people with vision loss - describing nonverbal happenings on screen, scenery, etc:
Now a Tactile interpreter would have to do BOTH these jobs and the two switch turns (usually every 20 - 30 minutes).
It's just my opinion that this guy is asking for a lot and expecting a lot.
Maybe he can't get access to TASL for movies at home, so he goes after the "big guy" with the money? I don't know his reasoning and I don't care.
I'm sorry, but just be like many other Deaf and Deafblind person who don't want, or can't access, the standard captioning service at the theater and wait for it to come out on DVD and watch it at home.
Pretty soon there'll be technology for Captioning to Braille for television watching available, and then probably adapted for movie theaters as well.
Now I'm all for equal accessibility and everything, but right now, this Deafblind woman is baffled and bothered by this lawsuit. In the current state of things it is an "undue burden" on the owner of that particular theater - not the Parent Company. Sure, the lawsuit names Cinemark, but they'lll just pass it off onto the small business owner of the Pennsylvania theater. If they don't pass it off and absorb the costs themselves, and other DB folks request it - the costs are going to be passed off to the consumers. Moviegoers already pay a ridiculous amount to get into a movie, how would they feel with another price hike?
So, have patience grasshopper.....technology will improve to where we all can enjoy movies without any waiting, without any requests, without any barriers.
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I'll be busy renovating the site with some upgrades and the new logo and relaunch everything on July 1st!
It will be Confessions of a Deafblind Mother's 4 year Anniversary as it's own Domain site!
It would help greatly if you, my loyal readers and fans, could tell me what you'd like to see happen. What do YOU want to know or see?
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Here's the News story!
There's a new movie out now called "Me Before You" with the tagline - "A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of".
Just that tagline alone irked me. Just great, another "oh poor disabled person needs taking care of" crap.
Then of course I had to read more about it. It's based on Jojo Moyes novel of the same name and is basically a "love story" between a wealthy former playboy, Will, who becomes involved with a small town girl, Lou.
Fine, I don't like romances in the first place, but what got my hackles up was that Will has been quadriplegic since a road accident several years earlier and had decided he wanted to kill himself.
Are you shitting me?!? More deception that disabled people's lives are worthless? The movie studio tried promoting the movie with a hashtag #LiveBoldly which backfired because as one person commented "the hashtag only applied to the able-bodied at the cost of a disabled man's life". (As Lou was able to live well after Will died and left a lot of money to her).
So you can imagine the backlash among the disabled community. They started a hashtag #MeBeforeAbleism
It's hard enough dealing with people every day that doubt or belittle your abilities and you have Hollywood perpetrating it even more.
So knock off the bullshit Hollywood!! I don't need your patronizing and false portrayal of me as a disabled person for your inspiration porn!
I'm Deafblind and I am a wife, mother of two teenagers and work from home and guess what? I'm HAPPY!
So for you moviegoers - skip this movie and tell Hollywood that this crap needs to stop!
I saw an article a friend shared on Facebook:
"Nyle DiMarco’s Activism Is Dangerous For The Deaf Community"
This author is deaf in a hearing family and was mainstreamed in public school and can speak "the predominant language of this country". Well y'all know that's my upbringing too, I'm the only deaf (or deafblind if you want to get specific) in my family, I grew up oral and mainstreamed and didn't learn ASL until I was 12 years old. (You can read my Letter to Parents of Deaf Children for more details.)
This article irked me in so many ways...
Let me break it down into bits to respond to:
Someone who only uses ASL, like Nyle, can’t interact with society without help from others.
Whoa! Really? Are we that dysfunctional? There are other means of communication, pen and paper, texting, snapping a picture of the menu and showing the server, and so on and on. I know plenty of Deaf people who use ASL that can speak, but prefer not to.
I’m reminded of my deafness every second of every day.
Really? Because I don't give my Deafness a second thought. Like you said, "my deafness is one part of who I am", my deafblindness is a part of who I am, but I don't dwell on it and I'm not "reminded" of it. Sure I struggle to understand and lipread or interact with the hearing world, but I don't go "oh gee I'm deaf", "it's so hard being deaf", or "I wish I was hearing".
Deaf Culture extremists will respond to this essay in full force; they’re well-known for their intimidation and manipulation tactics
I could say the same for the Alexander Graham Bell Foundation and it's members, which by the way, Ms. Goldstein is a Board Member of AGB. So I can pretty much state her views are biased and in support of her organization. I've heard countless stories of intimidation and manipulation by AGB on Deaf families and individuals and they're not open-minded as they state they are. (Again read my Letter for more details).
We're deaf in different ways, and that should be Ok
Yes we are, there's the deaf (small d) and the Deaf (Capital D). Oral deaf vs. ASL Deaf. We've been at odds for a very long time and probably won't end any time soon.
Yet Ms. Goldstein doesn't want to celebrate the Deaf difference and instead belittle Nyle's accomplishment, just like her organization AGB has done all along.
Yet, despite him saying he wants to use his celebrity for good, he’s dividing instead of bridging
Have you not seen the celebrations around the world? The Deaf community and even the deaf community (those not part of AGB mind you) have been cheering for Nyle for a long time now.
We, Deaf, will not hide in the shadows anymore and are proud, damn proud of Nyle DiMarco. We are showing the general public (aka the hearing world), that the Deaf can do whatever we want!