I was wondering if I should take part in this day, but I thought fuck it, why not.
My name’s Emma and I’m profoundly deaf. I was born deaf but didn’t get my hearing aids until I was six years old because my doctors didn’t listen to my mum and just told her there was nothing wrong with me. I remember getting my first pair of hearing aids quite clearly and being all: Oh! I can hear sirens from a fireman’s truck! That was me in year 3 of primary school during the first class back after I got them.
I’m a little ashamed to say that I have never been part of the deaf community as I raised in the hearing community, that is something I want to change in the future though. I only sign very little, but my speech is really good after years of speech therapy when I was younger. On top of being deaf, I also have dyspraxia which effects my fine motor skills, it has basically wrecked my left knee and both ankles over the years as well as my writing looking like a child’s rather than a grown womans.
I just want to wrap this up with saying that, I have a diploma in Media Production and want to work within TV or film, so if I don’t let my disabilities get in the way of achieving my dreams, then none of us should. Chase that dream and grab it with both hands.