“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” – Mark Twain.
I found this quote to fit perfectly with what I experienced in the deaf event that I attended the latter week. On Wednesday April 6, I went to Pizza Royal, an event that even though it was miniscule I can say with assurance I will remember for the rest of my life, surprisingly. I really did not know what to expect as I entered the restaurant, besides the fact that I was nervous my communication skills would be poor with a deaf person. As the night went on, I learned a lot of about the people I met there including characteristics such as, friendliness, mirth, and patience. The list goes on.
The event was located in Rancho Cucamonga in a pleasant pizza restaurant named Pizza Royal. The event was rather small but as people say quality over quantity, and I can say without a doubt, it was a fine event. The event consisted of numerous deaf people, ASL students, and interpreters ranging from students my age, to graduate students, to seniors. Although when I think of an event, I picture something big with more people and things going on. I found this to resemble more of a gathering, which to me was perfect, and a great first event to go to. It was a group of people who either spoke or were learning American Sign Language. It mainly consisted of the more experienced signers teaching the younger students. There was an old man who taught me very clearly some everyday things in their sign form. At the event it was implied that even when people spoke they signed what they were saying, which I thought was very convenient. Ultimately, the event was a friendly learning environment for students.
This event did not have so many differences to...
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...I understand why, it is disrespectful. Deaf people do not need somebody to hold their hand. People need to understand they are no different from any other man or woman. They are simply deaf. It is demeaning and ignorant for somebody to think that way. It reminded me of the first day of class when you were signing and the interpreter was interpreting. You told us not to feel sorry for you. At first I thought ok sure that probably is a personal thing. Now I realize that I was just ignorant and there is no reason to feel sorry for a deaf person, it is demeaning.
To conclude, the event will not be a one-time thing for me, for I learned a lot about the deaf community. I learned how kind and welcoming they are to strangers. The people are patient and recognize that you are trying to communicate and help you every step of the way. They enjoy people learning their language.
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