#actuallydeaf

*sticks leg up in air* the rise in popularity of podcasts and vines and other such forms of audio storytelling is a cool art form
*backflips* but every new art form leaves disabled people scrambling for ways to access the stories because abled folks forget that not everyone can hear and not everyone can understand audio-based arts
*does the splits* so please fuckign caption your vines and subtitle your videos and provide transcripts of your podcasts

Reblog if 2017 is the year we stop interrogating d/Deaf/HoH people

If a d/Deaf/HoH person tells you that they are d/Deaf/HoH, you believe them. No questions asked.

If a d/Deaf/HoH person wants to communicate orally with/or without lip reading, using sign language, gesturing, cued speech, using their cell phone, or pen and paper, you respect their decision. No questions asked.

If a d/Deaf/HoH person speaks, do not comment on the “quality” or “tone” of their speech. If they choose to speak to communicate that’s their choice, no matter how it may sound to you. No compliments given, no criticism given, and again, no questions asked.

If a d/Deaf/HoH people talks/listens on the phone, uses hearing aids/cochlear implants, speaks clearly, grew up hearing, reads lips, etc, you will respect what they tell you about their being d/Deaf/HoH. No questions asked.

2017 is already an amazing year for equality, support, solidarity, and inclusion. Let’s band together to make the lives of d/Deaf/HoH people a little easier, and allow them to breathe easier when communicating with hearing people. 

Please reblog and add your own “d/Deaf/HoH No Questions asked”! I want to see what y’all have to say! 

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Listen up, hearing people.

Can parents out there teach their hearing children not to mock or make fun of deaf voices/accents? It can affect deaf kids for life and discourage those who would like to be oral from working on language skills.

Personally, I have never really been oral (I’ve found the majority of profoundly deaf people aren’t)

Reactions to my laugh and the small things I tried to vocalize as a kid have definitely stuck with me and influenced the way I choose to communicate. It took me years to build up the confidence to even introduce myself to others using my voice (and that is not unusual for deaf young people that were mocked or shushed as children for sounding different.)

Basically, don’t be an asshole and remember to respect the autonomy of deaf kids. Encourage them to talk if they’d like or respect their decision not to.

(This isn’t exclusive to children, either! Adults, take note)

—I encourage hearing people to reblog—

Why do hearing people assume sign language is just literal English with ‘flying hands’? Why do they want to create a ‘translation app/technology’ to translate these ‘flying hands’ to English voice/text? Why not get YOU to learn OUR language and make OUR lives easier. NOT the other way around.

Do they not realize that Sign Language incorporates Facial Expression/Body Language, Spatial understanding and that not one sign means one word or one word means one sign? That (American) Sign Language is its own language with syntax, grammar, punctuation, etc. and it is NOT English.

Deaf person: *doesn’t use voice*

Hearing people: but why can’t you just talk?  I learned to sign the alphabet, you owe it to me to meet me halfway!  It’s the LEAST you could do!!!

Deaf person: *speaks with an accent*

Hearing people: hahahaha you sound like a r*tard!!!!!  *mimics pronounciation and mocks voice*

Deaf person: *speaks without an accent*

Hearing people: but you don’t sound deaf??!!  You’re faking lol REAL deaf people can’t talk!!!!

Deaf person: *looks into camera like they’re on The Office*

It is International Week of the Deaf this year it’s all about Full Inclusion with Sign Language! 

([image text; purple background header, white font INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DEAF 2017, 18 to 24 September. [orange font] 
THEME: [purple font] [black font] FULL INCLUSION WITH SIGN LANGUAGE! International Week of The Deaf 2017 takes place under the theme ‘Full Inclusion with Sign Language!!’. It is in tandem with the 3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf and believes that full social inclusion of deaf people is possible when sign language is recognised and used widely within the society. International Week of the Deaf 2017 stresses the importance of sign language. Without the actual recognition, facilitation and promotion of it, the rights outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the recently adopted 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals cannot be fully achieved.
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[purple font] KEY MESSAGES [green background box, white font] BIRTH RIGHT - [grey background box, black font] Draws upon the principle of basic human rights in relation to language acquisition at birth. When acquired fast, it enables deaf children to have full communication with people, improving their cognitive and social skills. Deaf children need access to sign language from birth.

[orange background box, white font] DEAF IDENTITY - [grey box, black font] Identifies deaf people as belonging to a cultural and linguistic community, who use sign language as a mother tongue or natural language to communicate.

[yellow background box, white font] ACCESSIBILITY - [grey background box, black font] stresses that deaf people need access to public information and services via sign language interpreting, subtitling and/or close-captioning. A key factor to accessibility for public services such as health care, employment, social activities or any other government services is provision of and access to sign language. 

[purple background box, white font] EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - [grey background box, black font] Sign language competency for communication and provision of interpreters mean that deaf people can do almost any job. It is important for deaf people to equally aspire securing jobs that reflect their interest and competency. The main barriers to employment arise from accessible work environments rather than an inability to hear.

[green background box, white font] LIFELONG LEARNING - [grey background box, black font] Access to education, vocational learning, and ongoing progessional training and development is key to gaining and retaining a job and earning a wage that allows independent living.

[orange background box, white font] EQUAL PARTICIPATION - [grey background box, black font] Deaf people need to have equal access to participation in the personal, public and political area as everybody else. More importantly, it is necessary to ensure that deaf people have the opportunity to take up leadership roles, so that deaf people themselves can appropriately advocate for their rights and be involved in all decision-making processes concerning their lives. This is a reflection of the slogan 'Nothing About Us without Us’.

[yellow background box, white font] BILINGUAL EDUCATION - [grey background box, black font] Urges stakeholders to accept the need for bilingual education for a deaf child and to understand how quality bilingual education should be provided in a sign language environment. Bilingual education is a social-cultural approach of using sign language of instruction in all subjects with a parallel strong emphasis on teaching, reading and writing of the language used in the country or society.

[purple background box, white font] EQUAL LANGUAGE - [grey background box, black font] Recognises sign language as a valid, linguistic means of conveying thoughts, ideas and emotions. It is a fully operating language with its own syntax, morphology and structure. It fulfils all features serve to define the notion of a language. This has been confirmed in many systematic linguistic research on sign language since the late 1970s.

In the middle of all the text boxes there is a logo of two hands touching with the words 'FULL INCLUSION WITH SIGN LANGUAGE’ and at the bottom of the page, the logo for World Federation of the Deaf, International Week of the Deaf, and a barcode with the word 'donate’ underneath.])

Thank you @elixiire for providing the image description

since you will pry hard of hearing jason todd from my COLD DEAD HANDS, consider the following:

  • jason just. taking his hearing aids out in the middle of a fight with one of his siblings because how much pettier can you get
  • [opens menacing duffel bag that’s probably had body parts in it] [ha batteries fall out]
  • (in the middle of kicking ass) “hold up, my batteries are dying” (changes batteries during a comedic silence and then gets back to asskicking)
  • go watch this video and get back to me. tell me jason peter todd wouldn’t make these jokes
  • jason’s possessed bedshaker that makes the manor chandeliers vibrate is legendary
  • please consider artemis and bizarro learning sign language
  • actually just consider the batfam learning sign language too, cass helps out
  • i bet jason has hilarious sign names for everyone
  • go watch this video and try to tell me jason peter todd wouldn’t make these kind of deaf jokes
  • “IM SORRY BRUCE I DIDNT HEAR THAT”
  • jason was such a lit nerd as a kid because reading was easier than all the difficult noisy social interactions of the hearing world
  • jason’s locator going on the fritz and the fam is trying to find him so he just pulls out his has so they whistle
  • jason hilariously mishearing things over comms
  • above all jason’s friends and family loving and supporting him whether he’s petulantly ignoring rantng villains or trying to get better accommodations in his GED classes (because that boy died before he finished high school and i cry a lot)

thanks for coming to my ted talk y’all

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Reblog if being disabled has affected your life in a positive way.

Reblog if being Deaf/HoH has given you sign language, community, a sense of identity.

Reblog if your blindness or DeafBlindness has given you a unique perspective of the world and awesome ways to communicate.

Reblog if being autistic has given you a creative ability, community, and the strength to get through the day and to find ways to speak for yourself.

Reblog if your physical disability has given you subtle ways to know how to trust people, to see who hey really are, and to give you an identity, to help see yourself as beautiful or sexy.

Reblog if your chronic illness has given you the ability (even if it’s forced) to take life in stride, not push too hard or rush to much, and has given you the ability to appreciate things.

Reblog If your ADHD/ADD has given you the ability to create, to know your limits, to seek help, to learn to live YOUR way.

Reblog if your mental illness has taught you how to fight, to be SO strong, when literally the whole world is against you and you are at your worst. If you’ve learned how to ask for help and manage your life YOUR way and pull through.

All of these things I personally have experienced. I see so much negativity and trust me I understand all of it.

But reblog if a disability/illness/etc has given you a way to view life in a positive way. I want to hear your stories!!!

Accusing people of faking / lying about their identity, disability/ies, body, etc. does NOT help the groups you think you’re protecting.

By trying to pick out “fakers” from “the real thing”, you create a space where you’re enforcing stereotypes and harming actual people who belong to these groups; this contributes to a huge stigma surrounding most minorities.

Think of it this way: you’ve met someone for the first time, and they have blond hair. They mention in passing having naturally red hair, or even talk about it. Just because their hair looks blond, doesn’t mean that’s not usually red; the same can be said about many, many things, especially when it comes to disability, being LGBTQIA+, a person of colour, etc.

Similarly, another person may have had brown hair as a child, but their hair is red now; the fact their hair was brown doesn’t negate the fact their hair is now red. This analogy is can be applied to disability as well, as well as being trans.

Ignoring these key concepts leads to stereotyping, false accusations, and a lot of suffering for marginalised people.

Pulling people up on oppression is very, very different to taking it upon yourself to decide who is and isn’t valid; the latter just hurts the people you’re trying to help, and tightens restrictions on access to things we desperately need, whether they’re tangible resources or communities.