Last weekend, there was an event I attended to meet with some ASL students from a local community college. It was an event that the ASL students had to complete as a credit for their classes and they requested me to host the event with them. I was asked to give some ideas for the event and choose a place for it. I thought it would be great for deaf people and ASL people to get together for a ASL student to experience the challenges as a deaf person. We met up at a shopping mall for them to explore on how a deaf person communicates with store clerks and how they are treated in the public. I asked the ASL students to act as if they were deaf so that they could experience the challenges as a deaf person. We went to a tea shop called Teavana.
We looked around at their products, I made everyone aware to turn off their voices and not to speak at all. One of the salesperson came up to us, she began to speak and I acknowledged that we were deaf. She just kept on speaking and I hoped for the others to acknowledge her again. I knew they didn't realize how to really react as a deaf person in reality. I don't intentionally expect them to grasp the idea of it. It was a fun lesson for them to learn our way of life as a deaf person. It was very interesting to be able to show how I manage or deal with communications with the hearing people and my surroundings. On the other turn, I don't think I could imagine what it is like as a hearing person. I do wonder and I won't possibly be able to experience it myself as I am not able to speak. I can say I do have some ideas but I wonder everyday what it is like as a hearing person and what hearing people face everyday that we don't?
From Tracy Todd :)
"A Day In The Life" was a good experience for me. It taught me how to work equally with other people and that there are things that I can't control--this is a constant lesson I have to learn. It also showed me what it is like to be Deaf and have people be completely at a loss as to how to communicate or act around me.
It takes boldness and confidence in yourself to step up and say that you have a different way of communicating that the other person has to adapt to--this takes a strong personality and, for me, would possibly take many frustrating encounters to do. I am grateful for this experience, the things I've been able to learn, and the friendships and comradery that were formed. :)
Life of a Deaf Socialite
Hi, My name is Ann Marie. I was born on May 3, 1975. I was raised in Indiana. I attended Indiana School For The Deaf from 1979 to 1989. I have grown