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Hearing people:

-Are privileged to apply to any university they choose without discrimination and not have to worry whether an interpreter will be available to interpret when they attend said university.

-Do not have to worry about funding for interpreters.

-Can have direct communication with their peers and teachers in a classroom without the use of an interpreter.

-Get to have full communication with parents and family in their first language.

-Get to share the same cultural values as their family.

-Don’t have to defend and fight to have their language recognized and respected.

-Can apply at any job they choose without fear of discrimination.

-Can watch almost everything on TV, at movie theatres, and on the internet without needing captioning.

-Are considered a part of “normal” society.

-Can automatically expect fair customer service at stores and restaurants.

-Can easily communicate on the telephone and not be hung up on because the person on the other side of the line doesn’t want to deal with them.

-Can be at ease at restaurants, on ferries, trains, and airplanes because they know that if anything goes wrong, they’ll hear an warning being announced.

-Have auditory devices easily accommodated to them such as doorbells and alarms.

-Can easily and freely engage in conversation with their family, friends, coworkers, neighbours, and strangers.

-Can go to a museum or special events without needing an interpreter.

-Do not have their intelligence automatically questioned as soon as someone meets them.

-Do not have people come up to them and try and be funny by mimicking their language.

-Can go out without making sure they have paper and pen on them at all times in case they need to communicate.

-Do not have to worry about whether they are lip-reading someone properly.

-Do not have to worry about showing up and be singled out as “the only person like that” at an event.

-Can be happy with the way they are and not have to defend their reasoning for not wanting to change anything about themselves.

-Can go to any social event without feeling left out because the majority is communicating in a different language, on a regular basis.

-Can feel sure that any social event they choose to attend will be easily accessible to them, and do not feel the need to get in touch in advance to ensure that it is accessible.

-Get to move along in society on a daily basis without ever having to think about how their hearing has privileged them.

Disclaimer - I am not trying to say that every hearing person has every privilege on this list, obviously some don’t for various reasons, but this is just a general list of privileges that hearing people may have.

Reblogging a post I wrote a year ago. Any d/Deaf or HoH people want to add anything to this list?

-Do not have to worry about their personal safety, such as beeping trucks backing up, cars honking horns, people running them over with grocery carts, because people give out auditory warnings 

-Have the luxury of ‘not being rude’ because they respond to people who try to get their attention using auditory cues

-can go into a doctors office and have privacy

-dont have their ability to do normal everyday things praised as some sort of miracle and/or inspiration

-dont have their ability to do normal everyday things questioned and told they cant do that

-dont get told time and time again there is something inherently wrong with them for their ability to hear

-aren’t expected to make huge investments (hearing aids, CI, interpreter) in order to fit in with the hearing majority. It’s not medically necessary to have external hearing devices (which means insurance providers usually don’t pay for them) but your life will be a living hell without them.

- don’t understand the embarrassment of misunderstanding; for example, if I happen to slur my speech by accident or hear something someone said wrong, then I will be laughed at and subsequently ridiculed (and my intelligence might as well be questioned then). And it’s a horrible feeling.

(I have more to add that’s not coming to mind…)

- Don’t have to worry that they aren’t able to hear emergency broadcasts or warnings (tornado drills, fire alarms, etc.)

- Don’t have to experience people telling them they “know some sign language” and then have said person flip them the bird. 

- Not having your ability to parent being questioned because of the ability to hear

- Not having to constantly worry if everyone talks about you  literally behind your back. (Most people associate this as us being paranoid- it does happen.)

-Being able to take standardized test in your first/primary language

- Not having to worry about being labeled as “below average” or a failure when standardized test scores show that you don’t understand the language you took it in

- Not have to worry about psychological tests misrepresenting them. (Example: Psychologist asks, “Do people often look at you in public?” checking for signs of paranoia. Deaf person answers, “Yes.” Because people look at deaf people signing all the time- nothing paranoid about it. 

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So, quick back story for those of you that don’t know I am a 21 year old F, hearing (though I can’t hear for ****), was an ASL 4 student until I had to drop b/c of work, some knowledge of Deaf culture but not as much as I’d like.

So … I am all for Deaf pride, like seriously all for it but…

It does! I understand where you’re coming from.

First of all: If anyone tells you to stop taking ASL, please tell them to go shove it where the sun don’t shine! You are obviously interested in it- not just the language, but the culture behind it too. That’s so rare! There are tons of people who take ASL, but couldn’t really care less about the culture. I know this from experience, and I’ve met them. And hey, whatever! I can’t change what they’re interested in. 

But to ME, when I meet someone like you who is actively trying to learn it, who is posting about it, asking questions, and putting in their two cents (just because you aren’t Deaf doesn’t mean that you’re thoughts and opinions are worthless!) it makes me VERY HAPPY! You are the type of student I want all of mine to be!

Secondly: I think we are a long way from a Human Culture. I think we’re creeping closer, but we have a long way to go. There is just way too much separation, and what’s more politics keeping us apart. I’m not sure if Human culture is possible, but I really hope it is. I HAVE to believe that it is. 

I think that having pride in all the tiny pieces that make you up is a great thing! I just don’t like that so many of those things seem to require that you draw a line in the sand. 

It’s like they say: We have the American dream of having this cultural “melting pot” where we all come together and share, but really we’re more of a smorgasbord. We’re all on the same table, but we’re in different bowls and dishes: together, but separate. We saw how well the “separate, but equal” thing worked out during the Civil Rights Movement… but we still haven’t quite got the hang of letting it go. We’re still separate, and unfortunately we’re still not equal. 

Lots of gaps to be bridged, lots of patience to be learned, and lots of acceptance to be taught. 


1902 - 1904

  • A few missionary nuns from Baltimore, Maryland came from Sacred Heart to Puerto Rico to teach ASL. One of the nuns was deaf.
  • The nuns moved to Aguadilla and established the first school for the deaf, using SE (Signed English) as the method of communication.


Never trust hearing people in regards to Google Captions on Youtube. What they consider to be “Alright, 90% accurate” will leave you with words like “How blues singers work” (How neurotransmitters work), “Renegades on the senate floor” (2-year old schizophrenic), “Linda Rondstat” (loose…

I definitely agree with this. Just because something says it’s captioned doesn’t mean it’s captioned well . And if that’s the only source of information you really have, it tend to be important that it’s captioned well


My name is Alycia. I am a 20 year old ASL student at Berkeley City College. I’m currently in my last real semester and am doing a research project for my occupational work experience class. While I am looking to interview people in real life in my town, I also wanted to see what people all over…

Name: Emma Kreiner

Research Survey

Part 1 Background

1. What gender do you identify with?  


2. How old are you?


3. Do you use ASL?


4. Do you use spoken English?


5. Would you consider yourself skilled at lipreading?


6. Do you use hearing aids?

… rarely.

7. Do you have a cochlear implant?


8. Did you attend a Deaf school or were you mainstreamed?


9. Did you graduate high school?


10. Do you currently attend college (community or otherwise)?


11. Do you have a college degree?


Part 2 The Application Process

1. What kind of job were you applying to?

Part time, educational aide. 

2. If a part time retail or restaurant type job, did you apply online or in person?

3. If a full time job, did you send in a resume via the internet or in person?

Part time, but I did it via the internet.

4. With either options, did the employer know that you were Deaf before they interviewed you (or didn’t)?

Yes, they knew. 

5. If so, do you think this affected their decision to interview you or not?

No, I don’t think so. 

Part 3  The Interview

1. How did your interviewer react to your Deafness (if at all)?

They already knew I was deaf. They were very accepting, though concerned about how they would communicate with me. 

2. Did you use an interpreter?


3. Was an interpreter provided for you?

No, but that was partly my decision. I wanted to show them that I could communicate with hearing people. 

4. Do you think your choice to use either ASL or spoken English affected your interview?

I do, but in a positive way! I was interviewing for an educational aide/language model/ interpreter. I spoke English and signed at the same time. 

5. Did you receive any negativity from your interviewer based on your preferred mode of communication?

No. I think it was mostly positive!

6. Rate your experience on a 1-5 scale. 1 being openly discriminated and 5 being totally accommodating and treated equally.


In your own words, describe a particularly memorable experience you have had while looking for a job (positive or negative) and tell me why you believe it went the way it did or why it is memorable.

I was applying for the job above.  For everyone they were interviewing, they had the interview, and then asked to watch them sign. (I had no idea of this when I walked in.) They explained the process, but I stopped them and said, “If you don’t mind, I would like to communicate via Sim-Com. I prefer to talk and sign at the same time. If I’m working with deaf students, it’s important for them to see me signing but at the same time, I have to communicate with hearing co-workers. Hearing children can eavesdrop on the teacher’s conversation, and deaf children should have the same access to their teachers. They should be able to see their language in use whenever they see me talking. It promotes more equal access.”  They seem really impressed by that. It wasn’t that I was trying to brown-nose or anything; as a deaf person, I know what it feels like to be left out. Then they asked us to write a letter to the parents of the children of the class- who are we, what we’d be doing, etc. I enjoyed it. I made sure to mention that I was part of a TEAM. I’ve been in classrooms before- no one acts alone- ESPECIALLY when you’re working with a child with a disability or special need. You have to be willing to be a cog in the machine. I enjoyed my time at that job. There were some… hiccups… down the line, but overall people were very accommodating and accepting of me. 

you know you are deaf when, you have to moisturize the inside of your ears.


I just want to say that being told that I shouldn’t talk about my hearing is extremely rude and hurtful. So because of the rude messages I was getting, I felt the need to tell my story.

When I found out that I was hard of hearing at the age of 5. I was extremely excited because I was getting…

Thank you for sharing your story!

I’m so sorry you had to go through some of that. Kids can be horribly mean sometimes, and honestly, I still don’t know why. I was bullied relentlessly all through grade school. 

Stay strong! I’m glad you’re proud of who you are!  There is nothing wrong with a hearing loss! 


my opinion on something i feel is important.

Ya’ll have no idea how much I love this girl. 

For realz!


  • We’re not “able” to comprehend videos with subtitles, we can ONLY comprehend videos/games subtitles. ONLY.
  • The ability already exists to turn captions off. On EVERYTHING. Hell, the amount of things where there isn’t EVEN captions vastly outnumbers the amount of things that have it, let alone…

I will add the following:

  • There are a FEW shows/programs that are open captioned (you cannot turn the captions off). The only one I’ve ever seen was Bobby’s World that was Howie Mandell’s cartoon back in the 80’s. 
  • Every television over 13” is REQUIRED to have a decoder chip and thus have closed caption options. This was enforced by the Television Circuitry Decoder Act of 1990. 
  • Some channels don’t have closed captions, but only because they are not “normal channels”. These are usually high-end channels like HBO and Showtime. These channels are sold separate from basic cable and thus retain the right as to whether or not they will provide captioning. 
  • It’s not that great sometimes. There can be substantial lag, messed up words, and random gibberish that I don’t even KNOW how it happens. It’s not a perfect science, and it’s very annoying when it’s your only source of information from the television. 

Mike, Elle, Tyler, and I are running a new tumblr site for all things Deaf! Check it out!!!!

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