The Gallaudet Syndrome, Part II

The second in this series. I posted the first part yesterday. Note that the English article is not a transcript but more of a summary of the ASL video.

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The Gallaudet Syndrome: On Profiting from Deafness

Suppose you have a “disability”? What if you’re Deaf? What are you worth, then?

As an independent, self-sustaining, Deaf, ASL-fluent individual who contributes to the world? You’re probably not worth much more than the very cushy profits that the Video Relay and Interpreting industry rake in. And of course, Gallaudet profits from your becoming a student. Where hearing professors and hearing students can observe you. Study you. Publish research and become experts who travel the world to explain to other hearing people about deafness.

But if you’re a deaf person riding the medical establishment train? Your deaf body is worth even more.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) boasts 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The average salary for audiologists is $66,976, and for Speech-Language Pathologists, $66,744.

To be conservative, lets say there are 100,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and hearing scientists making an average of $60,000 a year, how much is that? $6,000,000,000. That’s six billion dollars a year.

And that doesn’t include the sheer amount of profits that insurance companies receive from hearing loss diagnoses, related assessments, and surgeries. Or the vast earnings for companies that provide the technology necessary to “repair” hearing (cochlear implant devices, for instance).

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