On October 15th I went to the Panera Deaf Chat in West Orange and this was an experience that I will never forget . I was supposed to attend with one of my classmates but unfortunately she could not make it so I decided to ask a friend to take me. I was excited when I knew my classmate was accompanying me but when she canceled fear consumed me. I was really nervous because I did not know what to expect although Professor Wohsteller mentioned that people from the Deaf community are very friendly. When we arrived at the building I was literally shaking and numerous questions flooded my mind.
In specific chapters, my mind really opened up to new ideas and made me think hard about questions, like “why don’t some Deaf people trust hearing people,” or “do we need another ‘Deaf president now’ revolution?” I realized many new things in the course of reading this book, and have recommended this to my family. In my family, I have a close cousin who is Deaf, and I know that many of my family members have questions about Deaf culture but are too afraid to ask. I felt the same way, which was a main reason I decided to take the ASL class. The class not only opened my mind to the study of American Sign Language, but also how Deaf culture is used in our society. This book has helped me learn a lot, from ways to respect Deaf people and to understand them, which is why I have advised my family to give the book a look as well.
Have you ever felt like there was nothing that you can do for your child? In this book, Deaf Like Me, by Thomas S. Spradley and James P. Spradley, I can see the journey that Lynn’s parents took to get her help. (Spradley & Spradley, 1978). This book was an excellent read. I really liked the way that they described the ways they tried to help Lynn to understand the world around her.
It reminded me of times I have heard a recording of myself and been astounded at the way I sounded. I knew it was me talking but it did not sound right. I also got very frustrated with having to ask people to repeat what they said multiple times. I ended up teaching Ambley the alphabet in sign language so that she could just spell words out for me. This actually proved to be very effective for long messages or words that were hard to discern from reading her lips.
All the other family members of the young boy were not deaf. The grandparents of the underlying boy were normal and they think that the boy will be normal without any problem. The grandparents of the Mark were against the sign language because they think if Mark understands the signing language he will become dependent. However, the parents of the Mark want to teach him the signing language because according to their point of view, the signing language will help the Mark in understanding the language. In the school, he used the signing language with his friends and teachers in order to communicate with all of them.
Doing my oral presentation for my senior project was an experience that made a huge impact on my life. It took many talks with my teacher and practicing in front of a mirror to finally get me to speak in front of people. At times I thought to myself that I would never be able to get over the fear of public speaking. However, I finally made it through my fear and I am not afraid anymore. When my last semester of high school arrived, I knew I had to do my senior project because of every senior I was friends with told me about it but they did not mention what I had to do.
To try and make the situation better, I tried to converse with some of the students after class, but none of them were willing to even respond. I would say “hey” and some would just nod, others would ignore me as if I didn’t wave. It was a very unusual feeling for me. Usually after leaving class on the first day I would have made at least two to three new friends and I would have even already had their number and we would be talking about future assignments but with these students it was like a whole new world, an anti-social world. Later that night I talked with one of my friends about what happened earlier and her response had me baffled.
We tend to look at signing as an inferior substitute for "real" communication. We assume that all deaf people will try to lip-read and we applaud deaf people who use their voices to show us how far they have come from the grips of their disability. Given this climate, many hearing people are surprised, as I was at first, to learn of the existence of Deaf culture. To me deafness is not a defect but a source of connection. Imagine yourself deaf, growing up with a beautiful language, visual literature, humor, and theater.
She said it would be interesting to interview him because he has a disability. Max however, is confused by this because he does not have a disability, although he agrees to the interview for his own benefit; not having to explain to everyone he works with how to face him so he could lip read. I think that being hard of hearing is not a disability it is a difference and could, however create some challenges, but it depends person to person. Their are many deaf individuals who do amazing things just like any other person. It really got underneath my skin when the woman Dotty said “disability”.
Off camera Mary told me she thought the interview went well, she did not give me much feedback about my communication skills. I think this may be because she did not want to hurt my feelings. I feel I have much room to improve that I will discuss later in the paper. Although Mary chose not to be on camera I perceived I made Mary feel comfortable and open to answering my questions honestly, although my body language appeared to be somewhat judgmental.... ... middle of paper ... ...e constructive feedback to contribute to our conversation. Next time I would also be more prepared.