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So I kind of love ryansteelesbutt right now… he sent me a copy of Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening signed by Josh Castille, Katie Boeck, Sandra Mae Frank, Daniel Durant and (in guess) Alex Wyse!

Soo thankful for this and I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY!

Aah such wonderful cast / crew!
Now this is what I call Deaf Talent!

I wish to hopefully see the actual production myself one of these days… Hey, who knows… maybe Deaf West Theatre - Spring Awakening may hit Broadway! AAH THAT BE AWESOME!

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[[ Image Description: A photo featuring a sand cat separated from the viewer by a rock, looking around with narrowed eyes as if judgmentally, with a post on it by user slecnaztemnot.

The post reads: “Hearing people: *take jobs specifically suited for d/Deaf/hoh people, like teaching deaf children, sign language or playing a deaf character*

Hearing people: Why don’t you just find a job? You keep complaining you can’t find a job because you are deaf, but that’s just an excuse! I refuse to feed you from my taxes!” ]]

You know what’s funny? When abled people see some sort of accomodation (closed captions, image description, etc), their first thought isn’t: “Oh, this must be for disabled people!”. 

No, their first thought is always “This must be for lazy people… Oh my god, are people so lazy that they can’t do *insert something that is easy for abled person but difficult/impossible for disabled person*?!”

(just take a look at posts criticizing captions for vines..)

Of course, when they realize it’s actually for someone disabled, they feel bad about it. Well, usually.

Sometimes their reaction is this: “Oh, but you can do the thing, right? It’s just so incredibly lazy of you to ask for accomodation!”

So, let me be clear: ASKING FOR ACCOMODATION ISN’T LAZINESS! 

Just because you find something easy to do, doesn’t mean it’s actually easy for everyone. 

We are not asking for accomodation because we are lazy and want to have everything easier than abled people. We are asking for them because we want to have acces to same information and opportunities as abled people have.

This has been a PSA.

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Happy Throwback Thursday! I’m tired of these long GIFs, I’m working on making them smaller ^^” Btw, this is from WonderCon 2015. Excited to meet up with everyone for Anime Expo this year! There’s actually gonna be a Rise of the Guardians cosplay gathering. This is a milestone MOMENT! If you wanna see me and a bunch of other characters then we shall be meeting at 3pm on Thursday (day 1) over by Staples Center (not the main entrance to the con but the other door) outside. Come visit! :D


Oh, and we already have FANART for this! WAT!? NO WAY. Check it out here!

http://frostplayers.tumblr.com/post/122467103198/excuse-me-are-you-jack-frost-you-can-see

Dare I Say It... (Closed Captions!) I Just Did.

So lately I’ve been seeing a lot of hate or at least negativity towards Captioned videos of any sort. People making posts about “How annoying CC is” “Why does CC exist?” and other remarks. 

This is coming from me, a Deafblind Individual who NEEDS CC to understand speech/video/audio of any sort. This also is on behalf of the Deaf/HOH/ADP/Anyone who needs CC.

You abled, privileged, hearing people have the glorious opportunity, chance of a life time, to watch ANYTHING you want without problems. Without discrimination. Without complaints. Without threats. Without negativity thrown at you. YOU get the privilege of being able to enjoy anything/everything that has spoken language to it.
Us, d/Deaf/HoH/APD/Second Language Need closed captions (CC). NEED accommodation.

Imagine (and I do ask you to TRY IT OUT) you have the TV on mute. Can you understand anything? I doubt it, there’s no sound! You’re trying to make out the characters reactions, movements, behaviour but it’s not working because you can’t tell what’s being said. Then you put CC/Subtitles on. At last! You can FINALLY understand the spoken language! You understand what’s happening!! You’re not lost and tired from trying to play charades. Now you can enjoy the show without complaints!

Another Try It Out put earplugs in and walk around all day or at least a few hours with those earplugs. Can you understand speech? Can you figure out where things are coming from? No? Everything is muffled sounding yes? As if you’re in a tunnel? 

This is how many d/Deaf/HoH/APD people feel each and every single day Speech is muffled sounding, distorted, garble nonsense. It’s tiring to constantly lipread (Which isn’t 30% accurate for English language seen on lips), trying to understand what someone is saying when it’s all so muffled!

Now, you go to entirely new country, with only said language as your SECOND language which you aren’t entirely fluent in yet. Even if you are… understanding the second language is fairly hard yes? Everything all muffled and “Blah blah blah” sounding correct? Putting subtitles on can make a HUGE difference! Yes the country’s language can be spoken, but having YOUR language on subtitles can be beneficial for you. You aren’t lost. You aren’t confused. You understand what everyone is laughing about in the movie because you have subtitles!

Gifs/Moving images: people uploads these on tumblr, facebook, other media sites. They have captions on them because people wouldn’t know what is being said. Imagine the subtitles/captions, gone. I doubt you’d have any idea what is happening and what particular scene the gif/moving image is from. Here’s the thing, people don’t complain about gifsets being made that have subtitles/closed captions on it so EVERYONE can see whats happening….  Yet people complain that there’s (OMG!) Subtitles/Captions on VIDEOS?!?! A TEXT POST UNDERNEATH A VIDEO THAT HAS (Dare I say it?) CAPTIONS! HOW UNCALLED FOR! 

Did you know that Captions can be extremely useful? 
Check these links out explaining why. 

Perks of Having Closed Captions (CC)

Stop Making Excuses And CC Your Videos

How To Closed Caption Your Videos 

Closed Captions (CC)

rikkipoynter did a video on WHY CC is important 

tyleroakley followed up with that and gave reasons why CC is important (Hear Me Out)

paulidin did a video on why Access Matters! Closed Captions

my good friend timelordonbakerstreet shows you HOW to CC your videos

captioned-vines, captioningresource, waitwhatdidtheysay and others do a wonderful job captioning the videos. 

Captions are IMPORTANT. If you add captions, you get more respect. When you add captions you don’t get complaints, you get more views/followers/people who will enjoy your videos. When you add captions you can enjoy watching shows on mute while at work, in line, anywhere. 

If you don’t like Captions… there’s one Simple Thing To Do TURN THEM OFF WHEN PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM… Leave. Don’t make a HUGE DEAL!1!111 about CC. If the CC benefit the person, then be accommodative, not an asshole, and let the CC be on. Would you rather us ask you 20 questions in 5 minutes asking “What they say? What? Whats so funny? Huh? I missed that! Again?” Doubt it. So put CC on. It isn’t that difficult.

When you see transcript/cc underneath a video…. Please DO NOT delete the CC. All you need to do is go to SOURCE’s page and Reblog from there. It isn’t that difficult. 

JUST BE RESPECTFUL because you won’t know who you have hurt/make someone feel upset. You’re unintentionally discriminating and be disrespectful to those who need CC/subtitles. 

What could possibly be a valid argument against captioning videos?

Go ahead, please present me with one, because I cannot think of a single reason why captioning videos is a bad thing. I see messages being sent to blogs that provide captions for vines and videos that basically just say “stop captioning the videos” with no reasoning behind it. So please, I’m genuinely asking…how can you oppose captions?

“It’s annoying” does not count, by the way. 

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A Day Through a Deaf Person’s Eyes

-directed by Rachel Soudakoff-

This explores some of the different aspects of daily life that deaf or Deaf people face, such as encounters with the police and the advantages of ASL. 

If you complain about CC

Please stop being my friend if you do complain about seeing CC in movies ( Thank god I don’t have any friends/family that didn’t do that nonsense yet). Leave me at peace enjoying the same entertainment as everyone else. Take your complaining somewhere else and stay far far away from me.

If you are a person that complains about blogs that provides CC for HOH/deaf/Deaf,  the world is not ending because you saw a bunch of words under a blog post for a video.  Just a reminder the next time people complain about CC vines and videos. You’ll live.

Your entertainment isn’t being threatened by some words under the blogs posts. Acting like a bunch of words are a threat to you is just disrespectful.

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The Easiest Way to Closed Caption Videos [CC]

I’m gonna be doing a live CC demo at my vidconblr workshop so I thought I’d do one on YouTube too. I wanted to do a voiceover, but I couldn’t find anything that would let me. It’s cool. Doing text is easier to understand for my ears anyway.

Please reblog! This is beneficial for hearing YouTubers and people who need captions! If there’s any video you should reblog, it’s this one!

I decided I wasn’t satisfied with the “deaf students at Hogwarts” post, so I’m making my own.
Deaf Students at Hogwarts 2.0


Muggle born deaf children being worried when their hearing aids stop working at Hogwarts (since magic interferes with electrical devices), but then the Charms professor gives them a spell that will protect the aids from the interference. But better yet, magical hearing aids that automatically adjust to your hearing level so you don’t have to have them reprogrammed at an audiologist, and with a magically enhanced battery that lasts for months instead of days.

More deaf muggle born first years going up to their professors with their FM systems and having to explain how the sound could possibly go from that little box into their ears.

HoH students mishearing the spells their friends or teachers are using, and completely freaking out. “DID YOU JUST TRY TO IMPERIUS ME??” “Dude no, I said “engorgio” not “imperio”. “Oh”
HoH students in classes mishearing teaching instructions, with varying results. “Look everyone at how vibrant Brown’s potion is already, it’s the best I’ve ever seen! Have you added the five porcupine quills yet, Brown?” “Oh, you said to add five? I thought you said nine.. Guess it worked out alright anyway.”

Signing students being assigned special spell books that go in detail over the proper wand movements to cast a spell without any verbal additions because spell casting should not be strictly confined to having to say a word.

Winky the house elf is eventually enlisted to the House Elf Interpreting Group and she and the other house elves in the group act as interpreters for the deaf students. The house elves know and teach sign language because they require a method of silent communication in order to be silent while serving the assholes who enslave them. Anyway, the house elves bond strongly with their deaf students as they are with them for the majority of their school careers, and many of the students send their interpreters gifts every Christmas to show their continued appreciation for them. Of the 10 members of SPEW, 5 are Deaf. Also, when bullies try to jinx the deaf kids and they don’t hear the spell coming, the house elf will use their own magic to protect their student, and then let the elves down in the kitchen know which kids are jerks, so they “forget” to send dessert up to their table for a week.

Reasons why Closed Captions are Important:

I’ve seen lots of people confused about why Vines are being captioned (which confuses me), and I’ve seen some other deaf/HOH Tumblr users opinions on it (mostly deaflepuff), so I decided to make this post with my two cents on closed captions and how crucial they are to hard of hearing folk such as myself.

1. I cannot watch television without them.

I mean sure, it’s a bit easier in theaters when everything is much louder, but at home where I’m constantly being told to turn things down? No way could I enjoy the movie. Even if they didn’t tell me to turn it down, I miss important bits of dialogue and the story line is lost on me.

2. Words sound similar to me.

Even if I can miraculously hear all the words in the movie or show, I often can’t distinguish between key words (like yes and no sound the same to me). You can probably imagine how that would suck and those aren’t even the only two!

3. CC gives the story full meaning.

I finally was able to watch the Lion King earlier this year with CC. Yes, I’d seen it many times before, but without closed captions. And I was finally able to understand the Circle of Life song. It actually pertained to the plot of the movie! Before I heard something that sounded like, “ANNNNNITMOOOOOOOOUSSSOOOOO TOOOOFOOOOEEEN…” And of course, I could go on, but I think you get the point. Thanks to hearing all the song lyrics I cried so hard during almost the entire end parts of the movie.

4. When people caption Vines, it means I can enjoy them.

Before when my sister wanted to scroll through Vines with me, or show me a Vine or two, she’d wait for the first line to be said, pause it, tell me what they said, wait for the second line to be said, pause it, tell me what they said, and so on and so forth. I can actually enjoy a video if it’s captioned.

5. Same goes for YouTube.

Being HOH means I hear things, but it doesn’t mean I understand them. I almost never watch YouTube videos because I can’t understand the person. Even if I can, if their accent differs from mine, then I can’t. If they scream or whisper I can’t understand it either. But CC helps that.

6. Hearing aids hurt.

I come home most days with sore, itchy, wax-filled, and sometimes bleeding ears. I don’t want to be forced to keep them on at home when I’m chilling out. So I don’t have to because of CC.

So, I understand that most people are not meaning any harm by asking about the captioned vines blog, but I really just don’t see why it’s existence has caused such confusion.

Unbelievable. This is a propaganda….Especially using these words, “brain development device,” and it implies that if the CI wearer uses this device then there’s an access to a wider world without interpreters. This is a marketing ploy. And FALSE . Non-implanted Deaf children’s brain develops just fine!

Check out: Cochlear Implant War 

FAQ's

So many of us (d/Deaf/HoH) have gotten a lot of questions regarding: Sign Language learning, Deaf Community/Culture, Interpreting, and other things in between. So I decided to do a “Master” post with answers from myself and other d/Deaf/HoH replies.

Also this will be updated quite frequently so keep checking back for more questions/answers!

 1. Sign Language:

It is best to learn Sign Language from a class and in person. Yes Online can help but in person, face-to-face interaction is best. Find Sign Language classes in your area (HS, College). It is best to have a Deaf/HoH Instructor/teacher as they know the Deaf Life/Culture/World from first hand experience. Deaf people work hard to tell the hearing world that Deaf Can. Deaf give the best advice in learning Sign Language. Also, here’s a link to help you out.

Also, try and find a Deaf Community in your area if you can’t find classes and you’re learning Online. The best is to learn from the Deaf Community and going to events. If you live in the USA: Here is a link that can help you find your area if they have Deaf Events. If you live outside of USA… use Google to search “Deaf Community in ( your area ), Province/State, Country. Something should pop up!

2. Sign Language Interpreter

Every Deaf/HoH person has their own mode of communication when it comes to sign language. In this case I will use American Sign Language (ASL) as examples.

Some prefer true ASL, word order.

There is also PSE which is “Pidgin Signed English” it isn’t a Language but more - ASL signs in English Word Order. Example in English: Are we going to the mall tomorrow? PSE: We go mall tomorrow?

SEE Signed Exact English is where you use sign (different from ASL) and use a, the, and, -ing, -ed in your sentences.

Some prefer when the Interpreter is mouthing the words while signing. (SimCom is talking/signing at same time, but i’ll get to this later)

Others is just no Sign Language, but lipread Interpreters.

Now it comes the Interpreters themselves. Many Deaf/HoH will agree with this: We like Interpreters who KNOW what they are doing, who are Ally’s/willing to accommodate us. This is what some/most Deaf/HOH want to see in an interpreter. Everyone is different though in what they want.

3. How can I find Sign Language resources when I have no classes nearby?

Obviously Sign Language is NOT universal. Each country has it’s own Sign Language. Except Canada/America, we share the same Sign Language (American Sign Language). Even though Canada/America/UK/Australia has English as their main language… but they have their own Sign Languages!

So make sure to research what Sign Language is used in YOUR country. 
Here is link on different Sign Language Related Links

4. Wait Sign Language isn’t Universal?!

Nope! Not at all! Lovely slecnaztemnot did a post about it… here

Only exception would be Canada/America sharing the same Sign Language (American Sign Language) but… some parts of Canada has LSQ (Langue des signes québécoise) which would be in Quebec mostly and small bit of Ontario. 

5. What is SimCom? 

SimCom is Simultaneous Communication. Meaning, the person is signing AND talking at the same time. This is not an ideal option for someone to do because voiced language and signed language have completely different grammar. So it’s impossible or extremely complicated to Sign AND Voice at the same time. Your brain just can’t do it. You either slow your signing down, or don’t voice at all. 

6. But I’ve seen people SimCom before, why are they doing it if it’s impossible to do?

SimCom is only really meant for when you’re around Hearing AND Deaf individuals. Even if it’s 14 hearing people and 1 Deaf and one of the hearing people know ASL… it is a must to have said hearing sign while talking so the Deaf person isn’t behind or lost in the understanding of the conversation. Here is a video explaining it.

7. Why are Closed Captions (CC) so important? 

Well I’m just going to leave this here for your wondering eyes to read.

8. What’s the difference between deaf and Deaf?

Check this link out explaining the differences between deaf, Deaf, Hard of Hearing and why some people don’t like the term hearing impaired.

9. I am hearing and was wondering what is the best way to learn about Deaf Culture/World/Life? I don’t want to offend the Deaf Community and I want to approach them appropriately.

Here is going to be a LONG answer. By a few Hearing People perspectives.

1) My first bit of advice is: when you’re doing anything related to the Deaf Community, keep your voice off and your eyes open. Introduce yourself as hearing right off the bat. “MY NAME ___, ME HEARING”  *Most* Deaf are open to hearing people who are learning sign language and are happy to slow down for you. Others aren’t so keen to slow down. Don’t be put down by your first bad experience, keep at it!!   Remember that Deaf people are blunt, and many go by the “if I can see it, I can say it” rule, and try not to be offended. For example, I was experimenting with a new eyebrow pencil that I didn’t notice was too light for me. My hearing friends didn’t say one word because they didn’t want to hurt my feelings. My Deaf friend took one look at me and signed “did you dye your eyebrows? They look weird. Too light” It wasn’t that he didn’t care that’d I’d be embarrassed, he just wanted to give me the heads up. If he noticed, others would too and he didn’t want me to go around looking off. Honestly, most Deaf people won’t be offended by you as long as you are trying hard. They might correct a word you signed wrong, or a faux pas you committed but it’s with your education of the Deaf Community in mind. Take it as a learning experience and a chance to grow

2)  as a Hearing guy with a love for ASL/the Deaf community, I can definitely relate to not wanting to embarrass myself, but  honestly that’s gonna be some of your best education: the community itself. Go to events! If you’re worried about your level  of signing, just inform whomever you’re signing with your level/you’re a student/whatever! People aren’t mean! In my experience,  they’re excited about people learning! That may not be universal, but honestly just take a chance. Go to events. Make friends live your life. Viva ASL!

3)  be respectful to those you meet.  Go in with an open mind and realization that you may face some hurtful opinions because you are hearing.  I’ve learned most of sign language online and in the community.   Go into it curious but not with the mindset of just wanting to learn it because its the new “fad.”  It is a culture, a lifestyle and there are different social parameters to it, and you need to understand that.

10. How to communicate with d/Deaf/HOH?

Well, there are MANY different ways to communicate with someone who is d/Deaf/HoH. But the key point is… ask what the d/Deaf/HoH prefers in communication. Some lipread, use paper/pen, sign language, gestures. 

11. What NOT to ask a Deaf/HoH Person

This isn’t a question, but these are common questions we get asked on a daily bases. thatdeafblackguy gotten an ask with his and others answers there.

12. How do Hearing Aids (HAs) work?

deafdiaries answered this question beautifully.

13. I’m confused about the different degrees of Hearing Loss. Can you explain it to me please?

This is an audiogram. This audiogram shows what one could/cannot hear. The yellow thing is called the speech banana meaning sounds that one ear can hear.

This shows the different degrees, pitches and loudness.

Mild hearing loss - 21 to 40 dB (decibels)
Moderate hearing loss - 41 to 55 dB
Moderately severe hearing loss - 56 to 70 dB
Severe hearing loss - 71 to 90 dB
Profound hearing loss - 91db+ meaning anything above 91 decibels 

These are the different ranges.

An idea of how hearing loss could sound 

14. Why is discussion about Cochlear Implant (CI) and Hearing Aids (HAs)  to d/Deaf/HoH considered offensive? Like why is when hearing people mention it, it can be considered disrespectful?

It is considered hurtful/offensive because many Deaf/HoH people don’t wear HAs or have CIs. Some don’t benefit from either, some don’t want to wear them… some can’t have them because it costs a lot. Both of them are NOT cheap. VERY expensive. Here is a post talking about it.

15. Why is Switched at Birth (SAB) such a controversial thing within the Deaf Community or from Deaf/HoH Individuals?

SAB is a debatable topic within the community because it does have it pro/con. Pro:
- in the very beginning it did show Deaf Awareness, Deaf Culture and what Deaf/HOH struggle in daily life. 
- Does have Deaf/HOH Actors playing Deaf/HOH Roles, for the most part.
- Does bring awareness towards hearing world about Deaf world/life/culture.
- Does encourage hearing to be more accessible towards d/Deaf/HoH.

Con:
- Halfway through Season 2 it just dropped with the Deaf Awareness/Culture/World. 
- The Signing is not entirely accurate. Yes it is American Sign Language but it’s not in it’s true ASL word order. Deaf actors playing Deaf characters (Marlee Matlin - Melody, Sean Berdy - Emmett, Ryan Lane - Travis, Stephanie Nogueras) do try their best to make it true ASL word order while signing.
- Signing by hearing is SimCom’ed and more English-y
- When hearing Sign it’s a full-view good showing of them Signing
- When Deaf/HOH sign the view is more close up, harder to see their hands in signing, subtitles cover it. 

 SAB is trying their best to bring Deaf representation and acknowledgement. Honestly, though it’s not doing a good job. Yes in the beginning it was doing wonderfully. They showed how difficult it is for Deaf / HOH to interact with Hearing, the struggles in understanding – for a short while. But to make one thing clear, Lipreading is NOT accurate. It is NOT a superpower. Here is explaining why lipreading is so exhausting and what to do to accommodate to those who do lipread.

Also, sometimes what they portray as Deaf Awareness, may not be right. Example, when someone is facing away and they’re talking to a Deaf/HoH person… highly likely that Deaf/HoH person will NOT be able to understand you as they cannot read your lips or see your facial expressions/body language. Crowded rooms? Nightmare to understand anyone even with HAs/Cis.

If you want to know more about Deaf Culture, World, Life, History, the Language… don’t rely on a TV show for all information and stories. Every Deaf/HoH person has their own story and experience. Go find Sign Language classes (taught by Deaf/HoH), engage in the Deaf Community in your area, research online or read books, go to classes about Deaf Studies.

16. I have (Mild/Moderate/Moderately-severe/Severe/Profound) hearing loss and I don’t feel like I belong in the Deaf Community. I don’t feel like I am (HOH/deaf/Deaf) enough to be a part of it.

You have hearing loss? You have troubles understanding speech in noisy environments?
You’re a part of the d/Deaf/HoH Community. It doesn’t matter the degree, how you got the hearing loss, the frequency… if you are wanting to have someone who understands your daily struggles… you’re a part of the Deaf/HoH Community.
You want to learn Sign Language? You know Sign Language but you don’t feel like you ‘fit in’? You are already fit into the Community. You have hearing loss, you have people who GET IT and will be there to understand what you’re going through.

17.I have (Mild/Moderate/Moderately-severe/Severe/Profound) Hearing loss. I don’t know if I identify as Deaf/HoH or deaf…?

You identify how YOU feel is right. If you have Mild hearing loss, know Sign language, will be involved and is involved in the Deaf Community… and you feel comfortable as Deaf? Awesome.
You have Profound hearing loss but feel best as identifying as HOH? Awesome!

We cannot tell you what to identify as. It’s YOUR choice and your own calling.

18. I am hearing but wanting to learn ASL (or any SL), is this culturally appropriate?

Here’s to a blunt response.

We are fine with Hearing learning ASL (or any Sign Language). To join in on the Deaf/HoH Community or learn about our Culture/World/Life.
We just don’t like when hearing use it to their advantage, meaning taking ASL classes to have secret conversations. To make Youtube videos and you’re an ASL 1 student (or whatever level of fluency) thinking you can ‘teach ASL’. Wrong! To make “ASL music videos” when it’s really just Learners doing Englishy signing. Those who DO Teach ASL or do music videos are Certified/Qualified/Well Experienced Interpreters, Deaf people or ASL (Deaf/HoH) Instructors. Some CODAs too. Or to “help those poor Deaf people” and speak on behalf of us.
We are fine with Hearing Learning Sign Language! We just don’t like it when they barge in thinking they rule the Deaf World. You don’t. You are here to learn, educate yourself and expand your knowledge.

19. I’m writing a story about d/Deaf/HOH Characters, could I have your feedback or can I ask you some questions?

Lovely deafwizards has done a wonderful post for this kind of stuff!

When a presenter asks the interpreter to participate


I am completely baffled by how many times the interpreters are asked to do something while they are in the middle of interpreting. At a conference, the speaker called the interpreter up to draw names for the raffle prize.  In college, the professors seemed to confuse the interpreter with a teacher’s aide.  Doctors have handed medicine over to the interpreters to hold, asked them to help me up, and have continued speaking the entire time.  

Here’s a tip, presenters/teachers/all hearing people: despite what you may think, the interpreters are not there to entertain you. They are not there as an extra set of hands to help pass out papers, set up equipment, change slides, or anything other than to facilitate equal access to communication and information.