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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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.

So you think I can hear..?

 “You’re not really d/Deaf/HOH, you hear me just fine.”

If I had a dime for everyone who’s ever told me that…                                       Here’s what’s more than likely happening during what you perceive as me “hearing”:

1. I’m relying solely on social cues. Luckily for us d/Deaf/HOH, 93% of communicaton is non-verbal. Basically if you laugh, I laugh, and no one ever knows I missed the joke (..again).

2. I’ve known the speaker for a long time. We all have those topics we can (and do) talk about for hours on end. And the longer I’ve known you, the better I’ll be able to use your favorite topics to figure out what you’re saying.

3. ‘Neutral’ answers. “Yeah”, “No”, “I don’t know”, “Yeah, I get that”.. I’ve got a whole list of responses that can easily trick you into believing I have some idea of what you’re saying.

4. Mad Libs. Did you ever play mad libs as a kid? You know the one.. every so many words you insert a random one and you get a story that doesn’t make any sense? Yeah, being d/Deaf/HOH is pretty much just like that. 

5. Silence. You probably didn’t notice, you almost never do, but I haven’t said a word in 20 minutes. I gave up on trying to understand this conversation a long time ago and I’m really just planning what I’m gonna eat later.

6. Again with the social cues. Remember that whole non-verbal communication thing? Yeah, I probably use it even more than you do. Head nodding, and smiling works like a charm to get a girl through your incoherent story telling.

7. Just this once.. On this rare occasion I actually heard what you said; that happens sometimes.. But you’re still a jerk for dismissing my struggles, feelings, and identity. 

Harry Potter Headcanon

Hc: Harry is Hard of Hearing. It was caused by the sounds of too many curse blasts so close to him or something (I don’t really care what made him HoH, or if he was born with it).
St. Mungo’s can’t reverse the hearing loss, and Harry gets muggle hearing aids to help compensate.
But they don’t perfectly correct hearing even when they’re not being interfered with by magic, so he still has a hard time communicating, especially in noisy places. He started learning BSL (British sign language), but since all of his friends were hearing, nobody knew he had acquired the skill.
Until he starts working on a case in the Auror department.

Him and Draco are partners (Draco joined as a big fuck you to his father), and they go to question a witness to the crime, but they’re d/Deaf. When the two realize, Draco is about to start signing with the witness (bc Malfoys always learn an obscene number of languages), but Harry beats him to it. Draco sees how easy Harry is communicating and asks him later. Harry confesses that he’s hard of hearing, and so Draco makes it a point to communicate using sign in noisy environments, and in the field when they need to be quiet.

[Image Description: text states “People be like “It’s accessible!! Wait.. it isn’t? Well at least they tried! What more do you want?” Picture shows a wheel chair ramp leading immediately into a yellow pole.]

Annabeth’s voice caught on the word friend. Percy was a lot more than that. Even boyfriend really didn’t cover it. They’d been through so much together, at this point Percy was part of her–a sometimes annoying part, sure, but definitely a part she could not live without.
—  The House of Hades, Annabeth XXXIX
Deaf pet peeve #18392

People who volunteer to caption videos but then put their own commentary in place of actual captions. And then when deaf people complain the volunteers call them “ungrateful” and “self-centered”. 

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A while ago I offered Minuiko to draw a pic to thank her for her awesome Jasico art and she suggested the goblet scene, which was a great request. I’m sorry it took me so long (did you think I had forgotten ? ;p) but finding a satisfying way to depict the scene wasn’t so easy, as I really wanted to include meaning and subtext ! I hope I succeeded, anyway I have to post it now or I’ll end up touching it up forever !!! ^^;; (I’m in this kind of period where I can’t be satisfied with my art. Again.)

I NEED Percy giving Magnus sword fighting lessons while Jack continually tries to hit on Riptide.

(Also let’s talk about how Percy lowkey might get emotional because he remembers his first sword fighting instructor and like it or not, it’s still Luke’s voice that Percy hears in his head and Magnus notices the tears glimmering in Percy’s eyes but he pretends it’s just sweat)