NEW ON DEAF POYNTS: The Importance of Hearing Peers Learning Sign Language

Inspired by episode five of America’s Next Top Model, Dustin signs a little bit for Nyle and I got emotional about it. I wanted to talk about how important it is for hearing peers to learn even just the basics of sign language for d/Deaf/HOH people that use sign to communicate and how nice it is when they do.

As always, reblogs are appreciated.


Expanding upon the concept of “The Middle” and how individual experiences are shaped by existing in between the Deaf World and the Hearing World.  Please click on each photo for captions. 


The “Aspects” and “Privilege” listed in the first photo are as posted:

Aspects of Deaf culture (Not always for everyone)

  • Use of CC/Subtitles
    Limited interaction with sound/music
    Sign language (Some verbal possible, depending) Bi/multi-lingualism
    Deaf schools, programs, camps, performance
    Subject to “warehousing”
    Social activities, entertainment choices may be limited due to accessibility or lack of an interpreter
    Hearing aids/devices/cochlear implant
    Limited job choices
    Police brutality
    Assisted devices - vibrating alarms, flashing lights
    Body language/ facial expressions
    Activism, awareness of Hearing Privilege

Privilege (inevitable - not mean to make Hearing people feel “guilty”)

  • CC devices not “necessary” but can use if wish
    Broad interaction with sound/music
    Spoken language > sign (assume everyone speaks one language)
    Concerns with “hearing” when interacting w/ public not usually primary concern
    Unlimited amount of academic choices, community, jobs, etc
    Not subject to warehousing based on hearing perception
    Can attend movies, concerts, plays w/out CC, interpreter, or assistance
    Public harassment over hearing devices isn’t a thing
    Many do not have to worry about hearing smoke alarms, timers, sirens, etc
    Lack of fear of police brutality due to not being able to hear/comprehend officers (exception of non-dominant language speakers or those with mental illnesses)
    No concern over representation of hearing people in books, movies, TV, social media, etc.
    Face to face communication isn’t necessary
    Most can talk openly on phones w/out anxiety or trouble understanding


The Middle Part I:

The Middle Part II:

anonymous asked:

Hey sorry but I'm planning to volunteer with disabled teens this year. I'm 15 myself and I have autism so I'm really bad with social cues and such. I'm trying to learn sign language to better communicate with deaf/HoH people and also bc it would help me during a meltdown. Are there any kind of unspoken rules that I should know or anything like that? how can I do my best to accommodate the people I'm working with. Sorry to bother you

no bother! ASL is great to learn, but i’m not the best resource for this as i’m not involved in the Deaf community and it’s been quite a while since i’ve used ASL. can someone who’s better suited help this nonny out? 

cheshireinsanity asked:

I am a hearing student currently studying ASL both to become a certified interpreter and because I love languages, especially sign. I am going to an anime convention this weekend (in costume), and was thinking of having a sticker on my badge say "ASL". I have also thought of doing that when I go to the Renaissance festivals as a character. Can you give me your opinion on that? I keep debating on whether it would be a welcomed try at communicating, or viewed as a nuisance/ idiot.

Conventions, my kind of thing!

Usually when I go to conventions I don’t see anyone wearing a badge that says they know “ASL” … I can understand at a grocery store or retail, telling people but a convention, don’t see it at all. I’ve had people come up to me and tell me they know ASL (of course not interrupting before saying) and we had a conversation. 

If there is a big Deaf community in your area, then sure, why not. But I don’t see it often. Unless I have an interpreter then obviously they’ll be wearing a badge that says “Interpreter!” to show that they’re with me. ASL is quite visible, so you may meet people who do sign! 

I know this isn’t much of an answer… I just don’t quite know what to say. As I never seen anyone wearing a badge like that.


Deaf Awareness Week is upon us here in the UK! :D These pictures highlight the importance of lip-reading for Deaf and hard of hearing people all over the world…

We hate it when people mumble

we hate it when people cover their mouths

we hate it when people shout thinking we’ll hear better

we hate it when more than one person speak to us at the same time

we hate it when people do speak clearly….

BUT we do love it when people make the effort to talk clearly to us :)

Happy Deaf Awareness week!!


I'm confused

Okay. Deafdestroya’s post about how a mother isn’t letting her child learn American Sign Language has been circulating. Someone commented on how their mother is a speech pathologist who discourages signing because the deaf children prefer it to speaking.

I’ve also heard of other people discouraging teaching children sign language, “because it’ll stunt their speech development.”

Like, umm?
The vast majority of the USA population is hearing. Most of them don’t know ASL. Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act requires most public places and businesses to provide accommodations, they often don’t.

So many hearing people are ignorant when it comes to us. They often expect us to be “like them. ” Most of them is often annoyed with accommodating us, and often make us feel bad about it.

It’s hard to avoid hearing people. They’re LITERALLY everywhere. As a profoundly Deaf person who doesn’t speak, I cannot tell you the amount of times I’ve wished I could speak, mainly to make it easier on myself when interacting with hearing people.

So when people say deaf children shouldn’t learn sign language, what are they actually thinking about? That the children are “too lazy” to learn how to speak properly?

YEAH RIGHT. Fact is, hearing people has built almost everything based on their assumption that everyone can hear. Add the fact that most people can’t be bothered to provide accommodations to the mix, and you’ve got an environment that heavily favors the ability to speak over sign language.

I can guarantee you that the deaf/hoh children WILL feel pressured into learning to speak like the hearies. Often, if they learn sign language, they’ll prefer it to speaking. It’s not because they’re lazy, it’s because they’re STRUGGLING to listen and speak an AUDITORY language that is either partly or wholly inaccessible to them.

So no, sign language doesn’t stunt our ability to speak. We were already having trouble with that in the first place. :/

The fact that hearing people would think the mere act of learning sign language would stunt our ability to speak is ridiculous, ESPECIALLY considering that we live in an extremely audist environment that rewards the ability to speak and views sign language as inferior. ://

After being involved with one podcast episode, I always had an interest in possibly having my own. After being involved in a second episode tonight, I remembered how much I enjoyed it. This is just me playing around with ideas. I don’t have the equipment and room to do this stuff, so I don’t know if I would actually be able to do it, but it would be fun.


Deaf Culture and Hearing Privilege: The Middle Part II is now available!  Continue to explore what it means to exist in between Deaf Culture and the Hearing World and how both shapes each individual experiences.

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I still found it stupid that Canada tried to deny her because of her deafness… because that is just plain dumb. I mean she should’ve been accepted to Canada anyway! (To those who didn’t know what was happening… here is the information.

I am so happy to see a happy family reunited and the Deaf girl with her mother finally!


One of my husbands friend’s wife (who has never liked me but yet stalks the shit outta me) was texting him and asking him why I called myself deaf. And why did I put “deaf loud and proud” on my Instagram.

“She’s not deaf she just wears hearing aids? She can hear so why does she call herself deaf? She’s not?”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen my husband so pissed off. I laughed it off because really? You’re gonna text MY husband about me and expect him to agree with you? He showed me the message right when he got it. And I was like, “what are you gonna say?”

And he replied, “My wife is profoundly deaf. Her wearing hearing aids does not change that. Do not disrespect me by disrespecting my wife again.”

She never replied.

I’m so proud.