DeafBlind oppression in Deaf Community
I am doing a survey on DeafBlind oppression in the Deaf Community for my Thesis. The research is to see the views from DeafBlind and Deaf individuals in regards to DeafBlind people's role in the Deaf community. This study asks if DeafBlind people fit into the Deaf community. The survey takes around 10 minutes. Please don’t add your name on the survey as it is confidential. If you are interested in the survey, please go ahead and fill out the survey. You can respond to the survey through the email. Once you filled out the survey, it will automatically alert me without identifying who you are. Contact me to discuss or ask any questions about the survey in person by emailing me at Deadline is January 15, 2017. It has been approved by IRB. Thank you for your participation.

My good DeafBlind friend, is doing a thesis about DeafBlind oppression within the Deaf Community. This is for ALL perspective of Deaf/HOH/DeafBlind individuals, Hearing can be involved too!

Everything is confidential within this.


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 found the coolest mac app for deaf/hoh music lovers!

It’s called Hearing Corrector and it’s $11.99, but it’s worth every cent. 

Basically you put in your audiogram info. Then you load a song. Then you hit calculation and save the song. And the converted song is tailored to your hearing loss. I boosted the equalizer to maximum for my profoundly deaf right ear, though it’s a lifesaver on both sides. Anyway, I highly recommend it. 

-Thanks for your submission!


This is created for recent trending #whyIsign. #whyIsign was started by Stacy Abrams. She wanted to spread knowledge about sign language, how it helped so many deaf people and families, like myself, and to encourage more people to learn and use sign language, especially with deaf children.

I am eternally thankful for American Sign Language.

You can find #whyIsign on facebook, twitter, and instagram.


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


ASL sign names have to be given to you by a deaf person. Sign name is usually based on a person’s personality and have to follow ASL grammatical rules. And, ASL sign name isn’t like English name. Two person with English name ‘Jonathan’ don’t have the same sign name. So that’s why we deaf people cannot come up with a sign name on a spot for a stranger. We have to get to know them first, and getting a sign name is a huge deal- it’s like naming a baby hah.

Also, yep, Brits have different sign language than US. I couldn’t really understand a deaf brit signing.


Friendly reminder…

If you are hearing, and are hanging out with a group of other hearing people, with only one deaf person… please try your best not to leave the deaf person out of conversation. I know it can be difficult, especially if no one knows sign language, and/or only knows a little. Please try to include the deaf person in the conversation, try to tell them what’s going on every now and then by typing on your phone, writing on paper, etc.

Imagine eating dinner with family, everyone laughing so hard at something someone said… the deaf person asking what everyone is laughing at, only to be told it’s nothing.

DO NOT tell the deaf person, oh don’t worry about it… or it’s not important. It is important to us.


Extra panel here:

I’m so sorry. I’ll totally understand if you all unfollow me now because of this 8 years old meme. And yes I know I make an excellent anime villain, telling you all about my world domination plan.

But seriously. If you wanna check out these amazing deaf singers, here are their websites:
Sean Forbes:
Rosa Lee Timm:



On September 25th, 2016, I want to launch #NoMoreCraptions.

What is #NoMoreCraptions, you may ask? It’s a campaign that I want to start to make people aware of the lack of proper closed captioning on YouTube.

As you know, I have been working for almost two years to make YouTubers aware of closed captioning for their deaf audience. I have been somewhat successful, but I’m not clearly as close as I want to be. That is because I cannot do this by myself. There are too many people on this earth. I am one person in a world of seven billion. I can only make so many “caption your videos!” videos. Every channel has a different audience consisting of different people. In order to reach out to everyone, I need everyone’s help.

I have only one rule for this video: the video must be captioned, obviously. The video must be captioned before you make it public.

I want the videos to cover these topics:

  • Introduce the campaign and what it is
  • What closed captioning is
  • Why it’s important (d/Deaf/HOH people, people with auditory processing disorder, for people learning other languages, etc)
  • What auto c®aptions really are and why they don’t work
  • How it benefits creators (captions get translated into subtitles, brings it more viewers/subscribers)
  • How to caption (you can refer them to my 3 Ways To Caption video or tell them to Google, lol)
  • Note that if creators choose to go the fan contribution route, they NEED to look over the submissions before publishing. Caption with jokes and unnecessary commentary are not real captions and should not be published.
  • Anything else you can think of that would be worth noting.

I want to emphasize that I would really like to see these videos go up on Sunday, September 25th. Why? While September is fully dedicated to deaf awareness, there is one day dedicated to the cause: the last Sunday of September. So, for 2016, that’s the 25th.

Please, please, please, if you can get anybody you know on board with this, please send them this post.  I want as many people involved as possible. My mission is to make this a huge thing. I want this to make this as big as possible in just one day.

When the day arrives, I will make a #NoMoreCraptions playlist on my YouTube channel so all the videos will be in one place.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me! I will reblog in about two weeks and then another a week after that with reminders to get your videos finished and ready to go.

EDIT: Yes, hearing people, you can join in. If you weren’t allowed, I would have said “d/Deaf and hard of hearing people only!” instead of “I want as many people involved as possible.” There’s around 7 billion people in the world. Around 642,000 people are d/Deaf/HOH. The rest of you outnumber us, obviously. So we need you too!


gerard's story of uncle tt
  • gerard's story of uncle tt
  • this was on the radio tbh

“ok listen to this story like seriously.. i have a friend named dennis, right? ok.. mikey, this lollipop you threw at my head broke. it shattered. thats how hard you threw it at my head! ok! seriously!! shh! shh! no, there’s a story! oh my god.. anyway.. there’s a guy, named jack… my friend.. my friend dennis.. my friend.. you guys gotta shut up! my friend dennis, i went to highschool, i was in middle school, i was in elementary school with the kid. anyway. he had an uncle. his name was tt, right? he was all into voodoo and stuff, right? so, i forgot about this. when i was a kid, right? he was like… i was like.. ‘tt, what am i gonna be when i grow up, right?’ cause he was like, used to see into the future and stuff. so.. no! let me tell you the story! so he’s like ‘you’re going to be on the stage’ ‘i see you on the stage with lots of lights’ and i was like ‘no, i want to be an artist i’m going to be a comic book artist, right?’ he’s like ‘nonono, you’re not gonna do that  you’re gonna be on the stage right?’ so i talked to dennis, like, i forgot all about this, right?’ i talked to dennis about this on the phone and i.. i was like, he was like, i was like ‘yeah, i never thought i’d be doing this, i was going to be a comic book artist or something’ he said ‘no dude, remember what tt said, cause tt said, he said ‘gerard, you’re gonna be on the stage’’ and i was like ‘oh hows tt doing?’ and he’s like ‘he’s dead’ and i was like..i was like.. ‘wow..’ thats not funny at all, dude! no.. he’s. tt was a sweet dude.. and dennis, dennis.. if you’re out there bro.. i feel you on that. tt! the next song we play goes out to tt!”

basically several minutes of gerard talking shit (i wrote it all up incase anybody has trouble hearing! :-))

It is hard to tell in this photograph, but Ariel was signing to me! I am hard of hearing and there are times where I have to use ASL for communication. My mom told her that I couldn’t hear and immediately she turned asking (in sign), “You are deaf?”. I started sobbing, ugly happy sobs. In the time slot allotted we signed the entire time and it made my trip to Disney absolutely incredible. Think about that. Five minutes of just being able to communicate with a character made the long plane ride, long car ride, etc. worth it. The bonus is that Ariel is my favorite Disney princess. I felt included in a world that is tailored to the “norm” and it meant the world.