Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students From Massachusetts Ask State Senator to Change “Hearing Impaired” Terminology in State Law
Did you know that the Transportation Security Administration currently forbids Deaf people from working as officers? Brandon Dopf shares how his experience shows that Deaf people not only have the ability to do this job, but have the tools to excel.
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Every day, Deaf people “fail” the hearing test immediately after being born, face “language delays” with their hearing family that don’t learn their natural language, and attempt “perfect speech” in order to fit into the hearing world. They fight to use interpreters that benefit both the hearing and the Deaf, and deal with job discrimination — all simply because they cannot hear.
An arts based enquiry provides an account of how a Deaf teacher negotiated her identity within an audist educational environment. This enquiry is supported by autoethnographic data gleaned from personal journals and a brief discourse analysis of policy recommendations revealing institutional audism. The account reveals the encounters between the Deaf teacher and her interpreting staff who attempt to undermine her as a supervisor and a teacher. This narrative was initially interpreted as a conflict between strong personalities. In this study, however, the narrative is told against the backdrop of colonialism, and specifically, audism. With insights provided through visual art, the interplay between image and text makes for a richer and multilayered story, revealing injustices, and a much compassionate view of all the players who were struggling with the pain of being subjected to audism.
The underlying message is that hearing is better than deaf, which is audism.
Videos of babies hearing after getting cochlear implants are perpetuating misconceptions, some Deaf people say.