Everywhere you go there are misconceptions being made about every community and culture. The best way to help clear these up is by educating. What kind of stereotypes have you personally heard about the deaf community? Leave a comment below so we can help educate others and stop all these crazy thoughts.
Have you heard any of these?
The next two are just plain silly. Deaf people are human beings just like hearing people and are able to be intimate with another person and also birth a child. Deaf people have family just like hearing people. What are your thoughts on this topic?
When it come to deaf people not being able to work, the subject is a little more difficult. There are some jobs out there that deaf people aren't allowed to do. Now did you see how I said that? Deaf people aren't allowed to do those jobs that doesn't mean they can't. They are just not given the opportunity to try working in many type of jobs and positions. There are also jobs out there that deaf people have that many people would be shocked to know about. What is a job you were shocked to see a deaf person work in?
A big misconception is that all deaf people can lipread and speak. I see this all the time. I have seen hearing people trying to mouth something to a deaf person. They raise their voices and mouth real big. First off, if a deaf person can lip read mouthing really big doesn't help at all. It is easier for those that can lip read to understand if you talk normally. There is no sense in you talking so loud either because more than likely they can't hear you. There are many deaf people that don't speak for the many reasons such as they can't talk, they are hard to understand, or just have a fear of talking around people they don't know because they personally don't know how they sound. If lip reading doesn't work out for you to communicate with a deaf person either grab a pen and paper or an interpreter.
This brings us to the next misconception that all deaf people know sign language. There are a huge variety of deaf people out there. You have some that grew up in the deaf school and are extremely fluent in sign language. You then have the people that grew up in mainstream school that know more of a Sign English than Sign Language. In that category there are also some that know sign language very well. Then there are some that grew up being forced to use their voice not their hands. I'm sure there are many other types but those are the three main types of deaf people. Just like anything else you can't assume. You need to find a way to understand the needs of each deaf person you communicate with. They usually let you know if they prefer to speak, sign, or use pen and paper to communicate with you. What is your thoughts on this topic?
Now I want to know your thoughts on all of these misconceptions of the community. Do you feel these are accurate or no? I would love to know of other stereotypes you have seen. People only have these thoughts because they don't know any better. It is time for all of us to join in together to help spread the word about this world and the culture that surrounds it. We can't be mad at people for not knowing. Help educate by sharing your stories and thoughts.
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Blogger: Monica Hood
I created Deaf Insight to help spread deaf awareness. It is a place for everyone to come together to help share with the world! In this blog, I discuss my thoughts about many things. I hope you all enjoy it!