Monday, 13 May 2019

Deaf Culture is it welcoming?

Obviously, some feel it isn't.  Is the pressure and nature of the Deaf cultural approaches oppressive toward diversity and anti-wider inclusion?  Another post not included here from the same site also stated attempts to 'assimilate' the deaf into the mainstream are discriminatory.  Do they want in or not? Or are they so lacking confidence in their ability to do so, and using cultural 'norms' as an excuse?

"I am hearing. I am not Deaf nor am I a part of the community. But I have been doing a lot of research about the Deaf community, and while there nothing wrong with the culture, there are some things that I wish the deaf community would stop. "

The things said in the Reddit post are atrocious, but this is something else. It's sad that on top of all the problems CryptoDeaf already has, he was driven to suicide because he wasn't deemed Deaf enough to others.

These aren't people that have disrespected the Deaf community like in the Reddit post, these are people just simply trying to find a place where they fit in. These comments came from a video called Bias In The Deaf Community | ASL by Youtuber Rikki Portner.

D versus d

Are there degrees of deafness? There are types/causes not degrees.  Either you are deaf, or, you aren't.   'Degrees' pertain to hearing loss (db), not deafness. Ergo... the definition of deafness.  In general, there are three main types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. There are also four agreed upon levels of hearing loss severity: mild, moderate, severe and profound.  Profound being deaf, hearing nothing at all.  

As regards to culture, this has no influence or effect on your ability or not, to hear.  It's a clinical or genetic thing even a disability depending on your own perception...  Of course, there is no 'Deaf V Deafened' we are different people, more integrated than the cultural side are because we don't tie ourselves down to 'Deaf' norms, educational approaches or communication options (Mostly because there is no support or desire to do so).

Deafened are 'Hybrids' in the loss world we can and do function inside or outside the hearing area or the deaf one, and even the hard of hearing areas,  we are the third alternative.    If only 'Deaf' realised this they could emerge from their own cultural straightjacket by taking our hard-won advice won via very difficult experience.  We continue to drive advances too.