she cannot do things that “hearing” can. The deaf and “hard of hearing” are just as capable of living normal lives as we are. One of the few differences is that they cut off from the usual forms of communications. It leads them to feel isolated, and make it hard to get information or help in an emergency. That is why they have their own community to lean on. Aside from having a language barrier it is hard to be accepted by the hearing community much like it can be hard to be accepted by the deaf community.
Things that may be different are things like how deaf people may wake up in the morning. After years of relying on someone else to wake them up on time we had finally created a vibrating clock. Heavy sleepers would put things under their pillows that would vibrate also. Some people put things under their bed to make it vibrate and wake them up when it was difficult to get up in the morning. Most deaf people today have alarm clocks that only vibrate, but flash bright lights. Cell phones have more of that now though, and tend be a second thing they put under a pillow to wake them up. Another difference would be smoke detectors and door bells. Flashing lights are now placed strategically throughout homes. They range in colors and intensity depending on the alert. They flash in certain directions or patterns based on what they are set for. The deaf also do not use telephones as we do. Before skype and other webcam programs out there they used TTY. It loo...
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... be named Miss America. I learned of these people and their accomplishments during that quarter in ASL. Why did I not know of these people before? Why have I not been taught about these amazing people in school? Even if I did we did not touch enough bases on the matter. These people had a huge impact on future generations. They shaped what the world is today for so many people. How is it that we are still so ignorant about the deaf community? Even being here in Nebraska it is sad what we have to done to our own people. Not surprised since our state seems to be full of hate from god fearing “Christians”. I can tell you that every single person should take one American Sign
Language class to learn the basics of the language, and the true history. Take all of your assumptions and pre conceived notions with you to your first class so you can be just as shocked as I was.
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