• Alexandra

    May 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    A safe place to talk with one another about deafness and related issues.

    • This discussion was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Alexandra.
  • Delanie

    June 3, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    I identify as both deaf and disabled. To me, they’re two different but related and intersecting identities.

    I know that “disability” and “disabled” are complex terms and are often not used in both the Deaf community (big D) and in groups of people who very much engage only in the hearing world and don’t see their deafness (or hearing loss, if they phrase it that way) as a big part of their lives.

    For some people, deafness only means they wear hearing aids. For others, it means they’re intertwined in an intimate, culturally-rich, and capable community of others like them.

    Personally, I sit in the middle. Being deaf is not the biggest part of who I am, but I recognize that it impacts every part of my life and is a big part of how I engage with the world. It’s very important to me to interact with other Deaf/hard-of-hearing people, to have the community of people with shared experiences and understanding.

    But it also means that I identify with being disabled. Not because I think that I am unable but because I know that I live in a world not built for me and people like me. Disabled is not a dirty word.

    In the way I see it, this is the difference:

    My deafness means that I cannot hear. It means that, without technology, I cannot understand voices and hear certain sounds.

    My disability means that I live in a hearing world for hearing people. Disability is, to me, a social term that reflects a society that prioritizes a normalized (but not ‘normal,’ which doesn’t exist) view of able-bodiedness. Disability is social*, a structure of access and exclusion.

    I’m always curious about how other people think about disability in their own lives.

    Do you identify with disability? Why or why not?

    *The social model of disability is not catch-all for disabilities and its vast, diverse collection of experiences, but it’s a framework for thinking about social structures. It has its flaws.*

  • Piper

    June 12, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Hi! I’m Deaf, medically HoH (moderate to profound depending on the Hz), and only now as an adult am learning ASL.

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