Browsing All posts tagged under »deaf identity«

Emily Howlett: Mindfulness and Deaf identity

March 11, 2015

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I’ve been involved with a few things recently that have really got me thinking about me. Not in a me-me-me selfish way, I hasten to add… But, then again, would it be so bad if it was in a selfish way? Is there never a time when being selfish might, actually, be… ok? One of […]

Charlie Swinbourne: Don’t believe the Deaf community exists? Watch Grayson Perry discover our world on C4 tonight

November 5, 2014

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Ever since I was a child, I’ve met people who seem incredulous at the idea that there might be a Deaf community. The concept of people being linked by something they see as being inextricably negative is ridiculous to them. A typical response goes like this one from a commenter on an article I wrote […]

Kim Webster: Between deaf and hearing identity: Trying to find out where I fit in

September 10, 2014

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A friend asked me earlier this week, “What does being deaf mean to you?” Honestly? I replied with a series of ‘cant’s’. It wouldn’t be too strong to say I hate it, and if someone had turned round to me and said “Hey, I made this magical potion thing that will restore all your hearing […]

Ask the Chicken: I don’t want to offend people who are more deaf than me. So what term should I use to describe myself?

January 6, 2014

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In an uncertain world, there’s one person you can turn to for dependable advice: the limping chicken. Offering sensible tips for all kinds of common deaf-related problems. Here’s the latest instalment of our ‘agony chicken’ column… Our reader, A, writes: If you’re not completely deaf, what is the term you should use? Personally, I just […]

Cristina Hartmann: What it is like to be deaf from birth

January 3, 2014

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Previously published on The Daily Beast and republished here by kind permission of Cristina Hartmann. In many ways, being born deaf is quite normal; in other ways, it’s not. I did a lot of “normal” things: joined the Little League (where I was one of the worst players, unrelated to my hearing or lack thereof); […]

The Question: Could you spot a deaf person in a crowded room? And is there such a thing as a ‘Deafdar’? (BSL)

November 11, 2013

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I don’t know what it is about the Victoria line, but when I lived in London, I kept meeting deaf people on it. This would usually happen between Victoria station and King’s Cross. I would be standing or sitting down on the tube, when I would notice someone in my carriage who looked familiar. I’d […]

John Walker: What disabled people are learning from taking a Deaf perspective

November 7, 2013

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When I’m at work, it is my job to meet with people. I work in a University, which is made up of academics, professional staff and, of course, students. I am very aware that ‘university’ is a scary place for some. It shouldn’t be, but it often is. In fact, the University of Brighton, where […]