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Source: Sarah C. Wilson,

This powerful photography almost speaks for itself. Photographer Sarah Wilson, in four photos, captured the obstacles of being a Deaf girl in a hearing world: the prejudices, the feelings of isolation, and the assumption the Deaf are stupid. 

It’s the things that we in hearing world don’t think about that can inadvertently leave a Deaf person feeling ignored. For example, you’re probably leaving a Deaf person out if you say:

”I’ll tell you later.”  Your friend Dan just told the CRAZIEST story, about how he got picked up by a girl at a bar who turned out to be a guy. He tells you in detail about the flirting, how he spent $30 buying her drinks, about going back to her place, about his reaction, and you are roaring with laugher. Your Deaf friend looks at you, confused, lost in translation, and says, “What’d he say?” Chances are you say either, “Oh, Dan picked up a guy at the bar on accident,” leaving out all the details and funny play-by-plays, or you say “Don’t worry about it; I’ll tell you later.” Either way, your Deaf friend is alienated and probably feels left out on the joke.

“So what you want to do is habummmmammmmaaaaammm” Hearing aids or no, this is what a hard-of-hearing or Deaf person hears if you’re not looking at them when you talk. This happens all the time with teachers; they are prone to lecture with their back turned while they write on the whiteboard. Lipreading is not perfect, and not all Deaf people can lipread (so don’t assume), but a lot of people with hearing aids rely heavily on being able to see your lips and facial expressions for full comprehension.

“…” Pretending that a Deaf person is not in the room is never the answer. “Lost in No Sound” shows the negative consequences when the hearing world decides that, to solve discomfort and an inability to communicate, they will simply converse around the Deaf person, as if he or she was not there. This isolation is crippling. You don’t have to know ASL to communicate. It is not considered rude to write back and forth. 

Overall, “Dumb & Mute” speaks the loudest of all these photos. Intelligence is not based on oral communication or how many times you ask someone to repeat something to make sure you understand what they’re saying. 

Just because someone doesn’t speak doesn’t mean they have nothing to say. 

See the photos in their original context with Sarah’s captions below:

Deaf Person’s Emotional 

Dumb & Mute

Lost in No Sound

Language Barrier

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Just found out about a play that Dan Savage has created and directed. It’s about a deafblind drag queen and of course it’s completely offensive. It is NOT okay at all. In fact, he even has a sign on the stage that says:

“This play will be deeply offensive to the deaf/blind community, so please don’t tell them. Keep your hands shut!”

Like usual, here’s a hearing person so absorbed in his own little bubble that he doesn’t happen to think about the fact that uh there’s deafblind people in the LGBT+ community. There are deaf, blind, and deafblind people in EVERY fucking community. Way to make us feel comfortable, included, and respected. It’s not like he portrayed the character in a good way either, just read this little gem:

She can’t hear the music and she can’t see the stage, so you can imagine what her dance routine must be like. Or then again, maybe you can’t. Let’s just say, she has to wear a dog collar that zaps her whenever she gets too close to the edge of the stage. 

DISGUSTING. What is wrong with people. Why would anyone think this is funny and totally okay to do? If anyone wants to do something, look here for some contact info.

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(Deaf relevant) Why I will never be flying United or flying into/out of Louisville ever again.


(TW for audism out the ass)

As we were leaving the NAD convention in Louisville, Kentucky, I had on the following shirt I got at the convention:

It was a very public week-long event downtown, make no bones about it. As such, the shirt very clearly identified me as deaf.

While I was going through the TSA, some of them started laughing in my direction. I thought it might’ve been someone behind me, but I found out otherwise.

They went through my bag (for no reason), and found a couple bags of candy I brought. I was told I wasn’t allowed to fly with that (wtf? I’ve flown with food before — these were even sealed still because I brought them right in the airport). I was then asked if I would like to donate the candy “To the USO”. Since I know the airport there has an Air National Guard base, and I figured it would go to the soldiers, I (annoyed) said sure, why not? 

The guards, as I was getting scanned, started eating the candy they just told me was for the soldiers. In front of me, still laughing at me (very clearly now). One of them asked why they were laughing, and one of them came up to me, pointed at my shirt, laughed at me and said, “Fucking deafie”. The Louisville TSA called me a “fucking deafie” and laughed at me because I was deaf, and they expected wouldn’t say anything back (or wouldn’t hear them). Make no bones about it — she was facing me and I read her lips. There was no mistake. I would later find out that they had called at least 4 other individuals the same thing. 

My teammates had to hold me back from going after them, but we moved on. After I had calmed down and we had sat down, some rude as fuck lady got up and started filming us signing. She called us “Dumb apes” with a “gesture language” and laughed at us. When we asked her to stop, she said “I was getting a picture of the plane behind you! (the plane wasn’t even at the gate yet)” and “You’re dumb deafies anyway so no one would believe you”.

At this point I was blind in rage, but I let it go. It wasn’t the end of it though. This, however, is why I’m never returning to Louisville, ever again. 

When we got back to Rochester, we found out that United had lost all of our luggage. It ended up in Kansas. The United reps had put a phone number up and said to call it. I responded, “I’m deaf, I can’t use a phone!” I was told, “Buy a TTY then talk to us!” When I shouted back that TTYs had gone obsolete years ago for texting, I was told, “I guess you’re shit outta luck then, huh?” .

But I guess because I’m disabled, I have too many rights, huh?

This is so fucking disgusting. Why does shit like this happen?

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