Friday, August 20, 2021

GrannyHandicap 18 Aug 2021 Deafness, Communication and Barriers


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I've been posting the links we explore on the livestream to Twitter singly, but I think they make more sense in a group. So from now on, I'll post my after-the-livestream links in a blog post and post that link on Twitter.

Deafness and hearing loss

Making Listening Safe initiative from World Health Org

CDC Types of Hearing Loss

Learn Fingerspelling [ASL Alphabet]

20+ Basic Sign Language Phrases for Beginners | ASL

Bill Vicars - Learn ASL by immersion. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can start having real conversations in ASL.  Dr. Bill Vicars (Deaf/hh) of "ASL University" will teach you ASL using his innovative and interactive question-based approach.
Lesson 01

Guide to the Different Types of Sign Language Around the World

What is it like to be Deaf?

I did a crude version of the activity in the article. I didn't have earplugs handy, but my daughter had noise-canceling headphones. I described my experience. This would be worth repeating in the future on a Livestream!

All About Tinnitus
Would have been better if I'd remembered to pronounce it TINNitus instead of TinnITUS lol!

This dissertation gave many suggestions about how colleges might approach helping minority Deaf students, in this case Black and deaf or Deaf students. The difference between deaf and Deaf is, Deaf is a person with a connection to Deaf Culture and community.

Obviously, a dissertation is not easy reading for laypeople, but I suggested just reading the Abstract and Conclusions. In these, the six Black and d/Deaf students who are the subject of the paper gave their views of how their school could have made their journey easier, without much effort on the school's part. In my opinion, all of their suggestions would apply equally to students with any disability, in any workplace, and in public and private schools for children.

They mentioned not wanting to be put in a box. Instructors seemed to want to group them by race or disability, but not both at once.

The suggestion that stayed with me most was of anyone teaching making a chart of disabilities across the top and class periods down the side, with a count of students. If this were visible while the instructor was lecturing, perhaps if he/she knew of a Black and d/Deaf student, they could include an example of a Black and d/Deaf person who advanced the subject field.

Imagine what that would mean to a person studying, to know of an example of someone like them, who became famous in that field. Especially if that student wanted to major in that field!

The comments from these 6 disabled students were well worth a read!

The unexpected talented tenth: Black d/Deaf
students thriving within the margins
Lissa Denielle Stapleton
Iowa State University

Next time we revisit what it means to be Deaf, I'd like to dive deeper into the controversy over possibly curing deafness, and the threat that presents to Deaf culture in the view of many people who were born Deaf. I would love to hear from folks who live with deafness and how valuable Deaf Culture is to them!

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