Tuesday, June 3, 2014

10 Dumb Things the Hearing Say to the Deaf

1. “You don’t look deaf!”

There is no way to look deaf. You don’t need to ever tell a deaf person, “you don’t look deaf!” because really, how could you look deaf? Carry a grammaphone around? Have ears of some type of better yet, something in American Sign Language (ASL) tattooed on your forehead?

2. “CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?”

A lot of people shout at us. But think about that for a second. Shouting at a deaf person. Shouting at someone who can’t hear? Okay, it’s true that many deaf people can hear in various degrees, but shouting is almost always simply an exercise in rudeness and condescension, not to mention futility.

See the full list here on Meriah Nichols' blog A Little Moxie (with help from Captain Picard). Nichols says she compiled the list based on the answers to the question given by hundreds of other deaf people.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting article but disappointed to see the use of the word DUMB. Perhaps you should have added that into your article that the use of 'dumb' is inappropriate and offensive.