We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change. ~Katharine Hepburn
Growing up, I would always get from my mother, "You will be in the hearing world." This one of the reasons why my parents drove me hard; equally hard as my siblings. It can get static when you hear a saying over and over and yes... over again. Some time in the future, you will reflect back on that saying and see a different picture.
That is what I did.
One thing for sure, by being deaf has almost never been a problem for my parents; however, when I stepped into the world after graduation... it no longer became a "hearing world"...
it became the "Real World". Not the same idea behind "The Real World" series hosted by MTV, I never understood that show and I would not begin to.
The "Real World" is bigger than a hearing society, bigger than the deaf community; heck, is pretty much the global world we live in now. Diversity is the norm in the real world, not the hearing world. Human culture is the norm; all other 'divisions' within are just a part of the real world and the way of life.
Education is a part of that ... want to know something interesting? Even parents' and the real world intrude on students' education time during school. I have had students tell me that they were talking to their parents, today I had a student's grandmother call during class, just to tell the student about a car that this one is getting from the grandmother.
Really? I guess our concept of the 'worlds' out there is getting blurred and boundaries are crossed. Perhaps we as adults need some discipline to stay grounded in the Real World. The Real World is not limited to your household, community or school. This world is bigger than we really want it to be. Perhaps that is why we have so many fantasy media resources out there, to give our minds a break from reality; yet, how far do we want to retreat into the fantasy and forget that there is life beyond our limitations.
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.