Browsing All posts tagged under »deaf identity«

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


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


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


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


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 […]

Phoebe Tay: “For the first time in my life, I experienced the Deaf community becoming united at an international level”

November 6, 2013


Just last week, I was a delegate at the 2nd International World Federation of the Deaf Conference in Sydney, and the experience was nothing short of incredible. The theme of the conference was equality for Deaf People,  and 644 delegates from 67 countries were present. For the very first time in my life, I experienced the Deaf […]

Jen Dodds: Why do people assume there’s something wrong with being deaf?

October 28, 2013


The other day, my toddler and I took our car to have some work done to it at a garage in a nearby town. We were greeted by a rather annoying salesman-type manager person, who was probably also working part time as a game show host. You know the type? Sharp suit, stiff hair, far […]

AJW Smith: “I began to see possibilities, not impossibilities.” The Deaf tribe who gave me pride

October 18, 2013


“I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks, and ever thanks.” Shakespeare, Twelfth Night. I’ve got a big “thank you!” in my heart. I’m going to try and squeeze it out through my fingertips, onto this keyboard, and into the words that follow, like gooey toothpaste. I want to personally thank the Deaf […]