You may remember my "Low Vision Products for the Home" series I did previously, now I'm going to do one for those with hearing loss.
I do admit that this series is going to be much shorter as Deaf & HoH people don't need as many adaptations as those with vision loss, so I will also focus on various issues that the general public may be unaware of.
Areas I'll cover:
* In the Home
* While Driving
* On the Job
* Hearing & Listening (for deaf and hard of hearing who do depend on aural assistance)
If anyone has any topic they want to see covered, please let me know!
This vlog explains what will eventually happen when you don't accept your disability and it's effect on those around you.
Transcript can be read here.
Today I want to talk about something that annoys the Hell out of me every time I see or read about it - CSJW!
Here's the dictionary's definition:
A SJW or Social Justice Warrior is someone who who expresses or promotes socially progressive views.
"these social justice warriors want to apply their politically correct standards and rules to others' speech"
A CSJW on the other hand is a bit more, here's my definition:
A CSJW or Clueless Social Justice Warrior is someone who expresses or enforces their social progressive views on others BUT have no freaking clue about about the group or people they're "advocating" for.
Here's several stories on what I mean:
You get the idea now?
The first thing people need to learn is that all disabilities have a spectrum! They even range day to day too, one day someone may be feeling good and able to walk around a bit, other days its debilitating and need a wheelchair. Blindness never means "totally blind" - 9 out of 10 "blind" people DO have some type of vision. Deafness never means "totally deaf" - so many variables to deafness I'm not going to go into.
So, before you SRPs (Self Righteous Pricks) decide to accuse anyone faking a disability you should read these books:
Just like the title of the last book I listed....Mind your own damn business! We have enough BS to deal with without you adding to it and ruining our day.
Now, let's talk about the RIGHT way to be an ally or an advocate:
As you can probably tell, this topic pisses me off and if any of you CSJW have a problem with that y'all can KMA (Kiss My Ass).
I was contacted about a new upcoming project for a movie that will include the first DeafBlind actor in a movie.
The film is called "Feeling Through" and its a documentary chronicling the journey of that DeafBlind actor and the unique process of bringing this story to life.
They are still in the early stages and working on collecting the funding for this movie.
Here's what the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) has to say:
"We are proud to be working in association with the Feeling Through team to further our mission of Deaf-Blind Awareness" ~ Sue Ruzenski, Executive Director HKNC
I'm excited about this movie!!
Check out their video and website and help out however you can!
Here's an ASL Video:
The week is almost over and you're probably flooded with videos and blogs about Deaf people, Deaf Culture, & ASL.
Maybe it perked your interest to learn more history or culture?
Maybe it perked your interest in learning to sign?
Now the question is Where? Who's reliable? I've put together a list of good resources to start off with.
Deaf Culture Books
These are a few of my recommended books to learn about Deaf Culture, Deaf Life, and more.
American Sign Language Books
A few ASL Books I trust, but please note you can't really learn to sign solely from books. ASL is a visual language and books "don't move". It's a good resource once you've learned to sign and want to look up a new word.
Now here's a list of my favorite websites for online classes, online dictionaries and social media groups to check out!
Even though I've given you a bunch of resources to check out and learn but the reality is to learn in person.
Take a class at a college, library, organization or even online. Teachers will be sure to show you much better than any book or app can. They can also give you feedback on your signing as well.
Then the next best thing is immersion, go out into the Deaf community and interact and practice your signing and your receptive skills (reading other signers). Look for Deaf Coffee chats, Silent Dinners, Deaf events and local Deaf agencies.
I really hope you decide to learn ASL, as many Deaf people have commented "any little bit helps".
Feel free to contact me with any questions, I'll be happy to answer!
I admit I had trouble coming up with something to focus on for Deaf Awareness Week.
I knew social media would be flooded with a multitude of different posts, vlogs, videos, and so on....all celebrating, educating, sharing, and more.
I didn't want to sound like a broken record, or get get skipped over because people "saw it already".
So, what do I do?
Discuss one major hangup between the Deaf and the "Hearing" or General Public:
Stop Pigeonholing the Deaf
Yep, stop pigeonholing those who are Deaf.
Stop assuming that "you've met one deaf person, you've met them all". We are as wide and varied as any other community with only one common link - we're Deaf. (And even that isn't common - there's s spectrum of hearing loss too).
I've heard so many stories among the Deaf community of different incidents that happened:
Those in the Deaf community come from different backgrounds, other cultures, different schooling, different experiences, have different talents, different jobs, and so on.
So, next time you meet a deaf person, it's just someone with hearing loss - first simply find out what communication method they'd like "how can we communicate better?" Text, pen & paper, lipreading, ASL interpreter, and so on. They'll be glad to tell you. Then just go about how you would treat anyone else!
Now Switching the Tables
Now I'm going to switch things up and address the Deaf community.
Stop pigeonholing the Hearing community!
Lately, I've seen a rash of posts and videos going around ranting about hearing people's audism against the Deaf community. Yes, sadly it happens frequently, but I'm not addressing that here. I've seen different wordings that are pigeonholing the hearing community. Such as:
See? "You hearies", "you as a hearing group"....you are also pigeonholing the general public that can hear.
Yes, there has been negative incidents on both sides but it's unfair to those who are innocent bystanders.
So, stop pigeonholing everyone and treat everyone as a first-timer into your world.