Category Archives: audism

monolingualism

One of the things that has struck me in reading about deaf education these last couple of months is this extremely common rationalization that I see: “English is a second language for many deaf people, so their English skills are … Continue reading

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more on the fcc decisions

There have been some very good posts out on the recent FCC activity in granting “permanent” exemptions to the ADA’s requirement for closed captioning. In a nutshell, the ADA when enacted provided for “total” captioning to be implemented by January … Continue reading

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“not deaf enough”

Alrighty, next time I see more vapid whinging that the press was so so terribly unfair and wrong to pick up on Gallaudet administration’s claim that the protesters believed JKF “not deaf enough” and mealy mouthed claims that “oh we’re … Continue reading

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the cost of speech therapy

What I find interesting is when I think back on the speech therapy lessons I used to get, and when I listen to other peoples’ stories with speech therapy. It becomes clear to me that hearing people consider verbal speech … Continue reading

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the constructed perception of danger

Welp. Today I went in and picked up a pair of brand-spanking-new hearing aids. I also made the leap from analog to digital. (About time, considering my professional occupation 😀 ) I’m very pleased with the results so far — … Continue reading

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deafhood and deaf culture

(optional: jump to notes on captioning or start reading here) What I want to do with this post is to put together some background on myself and some of my thoughts on these things. I don’t want to feel like … Continue reading

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safe spaces

[Please note that I supported the protesters at Gallaudet] Some random thoughts tossed out there for the more militant of Deaf folk… Let’s examine the notion of “safe spaces” What is a safe space? Some place where you can air … Continue reading

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the cuckoo in the nest

I am the cuckoo in the nest, the changeling in the crib. I am the deaf child dropped into a world of sound, by herself. I am the child who perfected her mimicry to be indistinguishable from the rest. It … Continue reading

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“accessible to all”? not quite…

Update Seems that WaPo has finally provided a transcript. Good. Now the only thing left is the complete bizarreness of a president-to-be of the deaf university in this country choosing to be interviewed on a radio broadcast… So here’s irony … Continue reading

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what a concept: health insurance that covers hearing aids

It may shock some of you to learn this, but most health care plans do not cover hearing aids. I have no idea why. If glasses are covered, why not HA? But my current insurance actually has coverage. It’s through … Continue reading

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*wheeze*

OK, this is fucking hilarious: Defining who is “deaf enough” always gives me chest pain. For one thing, that’s a bludgeon the Deaf Culture uses to beat many deafened people with. Whether they intend to leave deafened people bleeding on … Continue reading

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