Every day, I go through so many challenges, doubts, and praises from hearing people. What I detest the most is when people stare at me while I use sign language with my family and friends; however, I have become accustomed to it so it really does not bother me as much! Some hearing people could be fascinated with sign languages, some could be amused by it, and some could be ignorant about it. I don't want to come off as offensive as I know this doesn't apply to all hearing people, but it has been my experience with some. There are some hearing people who think so highly of deaf people. I am very impressed by that. It makes me feel more equal. I also believe that some deaf people feel like they always have to prove to themselves that they are capable of everything! I get that every day from some hearing people wherever I go, people look seemingly surprised to see me with a nice truck, my beautiful daughter, and probably even as I am walking to the food store. It's like they thought I could not raise my daughter on my own or I couldn’t even shop for some groceries? This applies to some hearing people who unfortunately saw me as a disabled person. It is just beyond ridiculous. Deaf people are neither disabled nor retarded. We are exceptionally normal like everyone is and the only thing we cannot do is hear! We have tried to educate the world about deafness and I do think it has built much more knowledge with everything than it has in the past, but it still isn't sufficient. In comparison, I think we are somewhat similar to animals in some ways. There are so many varieties of animals with their own characteristics in this world. We don't look at the animals differently, but are amazed with their uniqueness and they are not misjudged by being different in a negative way. We all like different kind of animals and adore them with our own ways. Why can't some hearing people do the same with deaf people, or with people of different races, people with special needs, or people of different sizes, too??? We all need to stop with the discrimination in this world. It would be such a perfect and happy world if we all just worked together! Let's spread the word!!!
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