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Good insight on what it is like to be deaf. It reminded me of  some of my experiences as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) with a deaf parent and siblings. So often, as hearing people we take things for granted (our hearing) and the small things we do not think twice about a deaf person has to think four times about. I am sooo appreciative that I was raised in a deaf household! This experience has taught me to not take life for granted and the small or big things that come along with it. My childhood gives me the motivation to get involved; to advocate and educate others on deafness and disabilities. All I can say is thankyou mom and brothers because of your lives, your struggles, your visions….I am. (I am a CODA, I am an advocate, I am passionate, I am bilingual, I am blessed, I am empathetic, I am loved, I am empowered….I am)

A few years ago I encountered the word “Deafhood” at first glance I assumed it was a label for the deaf community, the unity of it or deaf identity. As years have passed with more research I am learning more about “deafhood” and its imprtance to deaf individuals.I have read  different perspectives on this term/concept anyhow I attached five videos of an interview with  Paddy Ladd(the person who coined the term deafhood) interviewed by Joey Baer (www.joeybaer.com)

Feel free to share your thoughts on this “Deafhood”.

Resources are one of the best gifts in the world (besides money..lol). Resources open doors, provides opportunities, support and connect people to services and each other.  One resource can make the difference in a person life, career or education.  As an educator I often, I seek resources in how to better teach students a lesson or curriculum. I seek resources to provide assistance to students and the community I work with and live with. All in all I love when I locate or receive a great resource. This link to the website below is a definite to check out. The website is titled Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNET). They offer so many services along with online orientation for education professionals servicing deaf and hard of hearing clients. At the end of the orientation participants can download and print a certificate issued by PEPNET. Take a look at their site and share the interesting information you found. If you have additional resources you would like to share with me please feel free to share them under comments.resources

 

 

Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNET)

Interesting that across the nation, countries realized the importance to meet the needs of the Deaf community. Even though access and equality have been a slow process it is better late than never along with the continued hope of brighter future.

Nederlands: Monogram van studentenclub Carpe Diem

Nederlands: Monogram van studentenclub Carpe Diem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carpe Diem

 The enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future

To “seize the day” and/or a certain moment in time.

To put aside all differences, all fears, all worries, and just go for it.

To make the most out of that part of time

Live your life to the full

Be spontaneous

Go for it

Last night was the ASL showcase for my program. Both the students and I have been working persistently to produce a worthy showcase for parents, fellow students/teachers and (drum roll) our primary focus the Deaf community. Well, the show seemed to be a success (grin from ear to ear)!!! There was an overwhelming vibe of positivity, support and well wishing from the audience. At the end of the performance encouraging feedback and future commitments were shared with both students and I. From the moment we began the show to the moment we turned lights off we seized the moments. I put my hands in the air and waved them like I just didn’t care and enjoyed the energy from the crowd and my students. I almost felt like a rock star and so did they.My students had to stop me several times to remind me to do a quick dance, or shake off the stress or to look at what we had accomplished as I ran in circles at the event make sure all needs were meet (even though I had a great team taking care of everything, I could not let go).  Finally I stopped and joined the festivities. Last night, the lesson learned is the importance  of seizing the day….there is not one minute, hour, moment or day that can be returned. I know there are so many phases or clichés people use casually and without thought such as “live like there is no tomorrow” well that’s hard to do when you are trying to get through today and who has time to think about tomorrow. However, when we take a moment to smell the roses you we can see how much we have missed in that minute, hour, moment or day and I’m not sure how you feel but for me it’s too much. I want to stay connected, I want to smell the coral colored roses (enthusiasm/passion) most of all I want to seize the day in any way I can.

What does seize the day look like in my life?

1. Stop and make myself laugh

2. Do a dance I havent in a long time

3. Change the scenery by going for a quick walk or sitting in a garden

4. Telling myself everything I love about me and my life

5. Enjoy my favorite song

6. Doing something out of the ordinary

7. Tell a stranger something good about them

8. Wear my favorite color as much as I can (brown)

9. Remember that I am who I am and being me is good enough

Are you living  or existing? How do you seize the day?

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of ...

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of them used by the United States National Park Service. A package containing those three and all NPS symbols is available at the Open Icon Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems odd that I would ask this type of question especially with my background but very often people ask me is deafness a disability? Or is it a handicap? Or both?

My answer is that Deaf (Big D) individuals do not see it as a disability nor handicap but instead a unique way of life and a culture bonded by a common language. Deaf individuals do not focus on what they cannot do but what they can do- this would the disability vs. ability perspective. Hearing individuals tend to focus on the limitations associated with deafness until they are introduced to the “can do” perspective of a deaf person.

The hearing communities and deaf organizations have established programs and resources for deaf individuals to have equal access, resources and opportunities to be successful and a productive citizen in society based on what may be perceived as a disability. On average deaf individuals appreciate and utilize the resources and opportunities provided but they take advantage of the offers not because they feel and agree with the disabled perspective but to use the resources to accomplish goals, to advance and to thrive.

According to www.ehow.com

Disability Defined
  • According to the World  Health Organization, a  disability is “any restriction or lack (resulting from any impairment) of  ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered  normal for a human being.”

Handicap Defined

The World Health Organization’s definition of a handicap is the “loss or  limitation of opportunities to take part in the life of the community on an  equal level with others; encounter a person with disability and social,  physical environment. Is an inability to accomplish something one might want to  do. The term emphasize the focus on shortcomings in the environment and in many  tasks and activities, ex. in education, occupation, information or communication  (social dimension).”Read more:  Difference Between Disability & Handicap | eHow http://www.ehow.com/facts_6141081_difference-between-disability-handicap.html#ixzz2TQ7D4Ymx

According to www.wisegeek.com

Impairment: occurs when there is a problem that affects the normal human body structure or organ.

Disability: refers to the way in which the impairment restricts the movements and activities of the individual.

Handicap: stems from the extent of restriction that the impairment and disability impose on the individual. The criteria for measuring the handicap is by assessing how other normal people in such a situation would cope. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-impairment-disability-and-handicap.htm

 

All that being said, which there is more to the Disability vs. handicap topic, how do you define each and what do you think the difference is and which applies to the deaf ? Maybe your perspective is that neither applies to the community.

What are your thoughts respectively shared:)

Exposure and information can be the key to feeling  more comfortable and accepting to what you as hearing parents and your deaf child may experience. This is a great video sharing perspectives of hearing parents that have deaf children. The video was created two years ago by University of Northridge. This university has a degree program dedicated to Deaf Studies/Education and has a large deaf population attending to obtain degrees. If you are a parent of a deaf child please view the video to gain more insight to American Sign Language and Deaf culture and more so to see the world through your child’s eyes.