kittymarx asked:

I have a question. I was born hoh raised hearing. I'm learning asl and really want to get involved in the Deaf community because I feel I missed out as a kid. I asked my (hearing) asl prof if hoh can id as Deaf. She said no. So, can hoh id as deaf?

Well good job hearing professor. My suggestion is get a Deaf or HOH professors input. No matter how much hearing learn and try to engage in the Deaf Community… they will never really understand or be 100% considered apart of it. If that make sense.

It takes a while to identify as Deaf in Community but it really depends on each community. For me, even though I’ve been around d/Deaf/HoH people for a short while I am deaf little d because I’m not there yet for Deaf. But some say I do fit for Deaf because I am involved and apart of the community. I dont feel comfortable on that level so I still say HOH because it is my identify and really who I am. But I do know many HOH who identify as Deaf… I think it depends on how long and how much you engage in the Community. I mean for me… Once I engage more, become fluent in ASL more, get involved in events more (I do the best I can) and meet more people I could be identified as Deaf - if  and when my community says so. But not for 3 months of going to events and engaging I would be considered Deaf. I think it more years.

But honestly, it really depends on how YOU feel and how YOU identify yourself. I use deaf and HoH interchangeably but feel more comfortable with HoH. I didnt getting involved until almost 2 years ago. I also like you grew up HOH and parents kept me to go mainstream schooling and use HAs, FM System and talking. Until 2-3 years ago I started learning ASL and learning about the Deaf Community.

rated-d thatdeafblackguy and others… thoughts.

Things Hearing People Need To Know

1. Yelling wont make a Deaf person hear you

2. Not all Deaf people read lips well

3. Speaking extremely slow is not only offensive, it makes it harder for Deaf people to read your lips

4. Deaf people can listen to and enjoy music

5. Deaf people can drive

6. Sign language is not universal

Top 10 Reasons to know Sign Langauge:

1. You can communicate through windows
2. Sign language is a 3-D Language
3. You can sign with your mouth full
4. Hearing parents can communicate with their Deaf child
5. You can sign underwater
6. Sign Language is a neat way to express yourself
7. You can communicate across a room or via mirror without shouting
8. Sign language is beautiful
9. You can make friends with Deaf people
10. Sign language brings together Hearing & Deaf people


To any Tumblrites who are deaf, hard of hearing, know people who are, or just enjoy cool tech, a start-up called MotionSavvy is working on technology that uses Leap Motion to recognize sign language and and outputs written or spoken English.  The project was started by a group of deaf students at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (yay RIT!) who moved to San Francisco to develop the product with Leap.

The team has over 800 deaf beta testers, but they are looking for more.  They hope to have a product available to consumers by September of 2015.

For more information, check out this TechCrunch article and this video.

anonymous asked:

Why do you think it is that most people in the Deaf community are offended when people think deafness is a disability, yet everyone is posting about their deafness disability for no shame day? I'm kind of confused.

Me personally, I don’t take it as a disability. Yes I have days where I wish I could hear like a hearing person. Where I wasn’t deaf. But then i quickly realize that “I’m deaf for a reason because it’s apart of who I am”.

So I posted for NoShameDay because I wanted others to know that being deaf (and for my case DeafBlind) is absolutely okay! Why be ashamed for it? It’s apart of who you are. I know I said it as a disability but others don’t know I don’t take it that way. Yes there are days where it completely overrules and others it doesn’t. 

Everyone has their own reasons why they posted about it. I think it’s more… we get upset when people say “Well you’re deaf so you can’t do anything like a hearing person” When we try to prove to the world “Uh, excuse me? What doe my ears have to do with cleaning the kitchen? driving a car? walking 6 dogs? What about doing something and oh I don’t know… accommodating me?” We get sick and tired of telling people THAT DEAF PEOPLE CAN DO STUFF JUST ACCOMMODATE US WHEN NECESSARY! 

So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me ‘arch priestess of the sightless,’ 'wonder woman,’ and a 'modern miracle.’ But when it comes to a discussion of poverty, and I maintain that it is the result of wrong economics—that the industrial system under which we live is at the root of much of the physical deafness and blindness in the world—that is a different matter! It is laudable to give aid to the handicapped. Superficial charities make smooth the way of the prosperous; but to advocate that all human beings should have leisure and comfort, the decencies and refinements of life, is a Utopian dream, and one who seriously contemplates its realization indeed must be deaf, dumb, and blind.

anonymous asked:

I just want to thank you for all of your informational posts about the deaf community, especially the recent posts about clint and matt. It's really helped me open my mind to things I never knew were ableist.

no problem! my point in making these posts is to help inform =) i never want to intentionally embarrass anyone or make them feel bad, so i’m glad you were able to find them helpful!!!


NEW VIDEO: “Hear Me Out - this one is super important to me. Reblog if you want to share it, I’m checking out & following people who do.

anonymous asked:

I'm currently learning ASL (I'm in my 4th semester. 2 more to go until I get my certificate). I want to become an interpreter and maybe try to engage a bit with the d/Deaf/HOH community (if they want me to, that is) but I'm terrified that I won't be good enough at signing (I'm not awful (I don't think) but I'm still working on getting the syntax vs just signing English)to get my license or that I might accidentally offend somebody. Should I just stick with my certificate or go for the license?

The best way to learn and to become more fluent in ASL is to engage yourself with the Deaf Community. The more you go to events, the more recognition you will get and the more likely you’ll be welcomed in. I mean when we see hearing wanting to join on in we are welcoming. But the more you attend events the more we will accept you. 
The best way for grammar learning is again, go to Deaf events to learn. most Deaf/HOH use PSE more… at least here (PSE isn’t a language at all just Signs in English order) but they do switch from true ASL to PSE depending on who’s around. 
Go with what you feel is right. If you want to be interpreter go for it. But remember the difference between Professional and Personal. Yes many interpreters are involved in the Community, but a bit more differently. Yes they can engage in events… for support and to chat but it’s less likely for them to chat.  But I do also see interpreters involved VERY actively in the Community (A MUST!) Just because you interpret doesn’t mean you’re actively involved in the Community. An Active Member is someone who goes to all events or the ones they can, go there to support. Not just do their job and that’s it. 


FROM THE VAULT: Karly Fesolowich - “A Letter to Alexander Graham Bell from His Deaf Wife, Mabel”

“Once, after a fight, you rushed to the bathroom and threw yourself underwater, muffled the sounds of a world that I never knew in hopes that a minute in a bathtub could honestly compare to a lifetime of trying to read a different language written only in the curves of your lips.”

 Karly Fesolowich of SUNY New Paltz performs at the CUPSI 2012 prelims at the University of La Verne. Subscribe to Button on YouTube!

But you can lip read right?

Yes, I can lip read but it takes a lot of strength and energy to figure out your mouth formation. Lip reading isn’t even 30% accurate.

It’s “Did the person say mat or bat?” or if you figure out some words it’s “The __ __ into __ __ and ___ behind the ___ ___” guessing game. We miss half the sentence so we just guess. “The dog ran into the house and hid behind the kitchen table?” When the person actually said “The cat walked into the house and hid behind the couch” Sometimes we misinterpret/hear what is being said. “How is the weather” could heard as “How are you?”

So when talking to someone who does lip read, don’t assume it’s a MAGICAL SUPERPOWER! Because it’s not. It takes a lot of energy from us trying to figure out the missing gaps. Don’t over exaggerate your mouth movements either. Speak slow, clearly and face us when speaking.

Also it’s extremely hard to lip read someone when…

1) They have a facial hair

2) Covering their mouths when talking

3) Chewing/having food in mouth while talking

4) Having anything near their face. Example: scarf, hand

5) Bad lighting in the area

6) Over exaggerating their mouth movements

7) Facing away mid-talking 

8) Mumbling

9) Barely moving mouth when speaking

What to do when you’re with someone who lip reads…

1) Make sure you’re in a good area of lighting. Ask if the person can see/read your lips before speaking any farther

2) Make sure you aren’t chewing anything while talking

4) Leave your hands away from your face

5) Have minimal facial hair possible. This especially when you know you’ll be communicating with a lipreader daily

6) Speak slowly, clearly. 

7) If they ask you to repeat, please do so.

8) Face them when speaking - this IS important of course.

Things You Can do to Help Disabled People That Don't Cost A Cent
  • Do not talk about an obviously disabled person in front of them as if they can’t hear or understand you.
  • Do not talk to a disabled person’s companion instead of them.  
  • Ask permission before touching people, or their wheelchairs/other equipment. Even if you want to help.
  • Ask disabled people about their lives and really listen to their answers.  (Within reason. Asking people personal questions about their sex lives, for example, is rude unless you are very close to them and they’ve communicated they’re OK with that).
  • Listen to what they say whether they are speaking, writing, typing, using text to speech, using a letterboard, using PECS, gesturing, using sign language, or using any other form of communication.  People who cannot speak can still communicate.
  • Stand up for people you see getting bullied.
  • Understand that disabled people don’t just need friends, they can be friends, too.
  • Every public place does not need to have loud, blaring music and TVs with flashing screens.  
  • If you blog, put bright, flashing images that can trigger seizures under a cut so that people with seizures can avoid looking at them.
  • If a job can possibly be done without a person driving, don’t require candidates to drive/have a driver’s license, and don’t interview candidates and then reject them because they don’t drive.
  • When talking to someone who has trouble speaking or stutters, and takes a long time to speak, wait for them to answer. Don’t keep repeating the question or pressuring them. Yes, if you’re like me and your mind is going really fast and you forget what people are saying if they take too long, it can be hard to be patient.  Do it anyway.
  • If you are talking to a deaf person, make it easier for them to lip-read by facing towards them while looking at them, and not covering your mouth with your hands.
  • If you are talking to someone with hearing impairment or auditory processing disorder, it is more helpful to slow down or rephrase what you’re saying than to just speak more loudly.  
  • Some disabled people have difficulty understanding nonliteral language such as metaphors and idioms (e.g., “a stitch in time saves nine”). If you’re talking to someone like this, try explaining what you mean by these figures of speech, or just not using them.
  • Recognize that failure to make eye contact does not mean someone is lying to you. It may be uncomfortable for them.
  • Recognize that unwillingness to go out to loud, crowded bars does not mean someone isn’t interested in socializing with you.
  • If people have difficulty spelling, or using the appropriate jargon/terminology for your social group, do not assume they’re stupid.  You may need to paraphrase some “jargon” for them.
  • Recognize that a person can need time alone and it doesn’t mean they don’t like you or want to be with you. It’s just something they need so they can function at their best.
  • If a person does not recognize you, do not assume they don’t care about you.  They may be face-blind.
  • If a person does not remember your birthday (or other major names, numbers, or dates) do not assume they don’t care about you. They may simply have a bad memory.
  • Understand that a disabled person’s talents, however esoteric, are real, not unimportant “splinter skills.”
  • Colorblindness affects more than just knowing what color something is.  To a colorblind person, colors that they can’t see will look the same if they have the same degree of lightness/darkness.  That means that to a red-green colorblind person, a red rose on a green background will blend in instead of contrast starkly, and the Chicago CTA El map will be difficult to understand.  Understand that something that stands out to you and seems obvious may literally not be visible to a colorblind person.
  • Accept stimming.
  • Don’t tell them “but you look so normal.” But, if they accomplish something you know they were working really hard to do, it’s great to compliment them on it.
  • Understand that a person can be working incredibly hard to do something and may still not perform as well as you’d like them to, as well as the average person would, or as well as the situation demands.
  • If someone has a major medical problem, disability, or chronic illness, then just eating some special healthy diet or exercising more isn’t going to cure it. It might help, it might hurt, it might do nothing, but they’ve probably heard it before, and it’s none of your business in any case.
  • A person with OCD knows that checking or counting or whatever compulsion they perform won't really prevent disaster from happening, it’s just a compulsion. That doesn’t stop them from feeling the need to do it anyway.  A person with anxiety may know at least some of their fears are irrational or unlikely to occur. That doesn’t stop them from feeling anxious.  A person with trichotillomania may know it hurts them to pull out their hair or pick at their skin, but they have trouble stopping themselves anyway.  A depressed person may know they would feel better if they got out of their house and talked to people, but that doesn’t make them feel any more up to doing those things. A person who hallucinates may know the hallucinations aren’t real, but that doesn’t make them go away or feel less upsetting.  You see the pattern?  You can’t cure people with mental illnesses by telling them they’re being irrational or hurting themselves.  If it were that easy, they’d have cured themselves already.
  • Do not tell a person with ADHD or mental illness that they should not be taking medication.  This is a personal decision. Furthermore, since medications have wide-ranging effects on people’s bodies and minds and often unpleasant side effects, most people taking medications have thought through the issue, done a cost-benefit analysis, and decided that the ability to function better is worth it.  Their decision should be respected.
  • A disabled person with intellectual disability who has the academic or IQ abilities of, say, a seven year old does not actually have the mind of a seven year old. They have different life experiences, needs, stages of life, bodies, and so on.
  • If a disabled person is having a meltdown, they are not angry, they are terrified.  They’re not throwing a tantrum or being aggressive, they have gone into fight or flight. The best thing you can do is remain calm yourself and help them calm down. It may help to keep your distance, keep your voice low and calm, let them retreat to a safe place if they know to do that, or remind them to do so if they don’t.  Reasoning with them won’t work well because they’re unlikely to be able to hear and understand you.  The worst thing you can do is start yelling yourself, threatening them, be violent to them, cut off their escape route, or get right up in their personal space.  

Other ideas?  Please reblog and add more.  The more the merrier.