This blog recently reached 6000 followers, but I haven’t had time to do something nice. So you get a Nero-chan scribble!
Thank you, everyone!
That’s entirely possible considering I’ve been around on the internet since the late 1990s.
#DidYouKnow #Deaf #DeafAwareness #education #SignLanguage #advocacy #NMSCares
This is actually sadly relevant. I had a lecture this summer about sign languages and Deaf culture and when I was finished, one hearing girl from the audience stayed behind to ask me some more question.
She asked me: “And your parents use sign language, right?” Like it was the most obvious thing in the world and why is she even asking this, of course my parents must know sign language.
"No… They don’t, actually."
"And how do you communicate, then?"
"But… isn’t that complicated for you?"
"It is, sometimes."
"They probably didn’t have time for it…" she said. And I haven’t the heart to tell her that my father was offered sign language courses several times, that I offered to teach them some signs and that they always refused.
But I did told her: “It is not that rare. Most of deaf people I know have hearing parents who don’t sign.”
It’s the sad truth. People are willing to pay for surgeries to “repair” their children, but they are not willing to learn something to communicate with them.
i’d like to add onto this with my own personal experience, too. i was born hearing, but as soon as i was diagnosed as HoH, my parents didn’t do anything to learn ASL. they were quick to put me in classes, but they wouldn’t when i suggested to them that they take the classes with me so that we could learn.
i’ve tried to teach my mom how to sign numerous times, but she always says that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” to which i tell her that she can learn, she just doesn’t want to. which is true. neither of my parents want to learn how to sign, but they want me to be able to hear perfectly so they don’t have to repeat themselves.
little do they know that their frustration with me not being able to hear them would be solved if they would just learn how to sign. maybe signing something to me once instead of repeating themselves four times and then getting mad would be more beneficial.
Filed under wow this is so sad i can’t imagine choosing to not communicate with my child mean while hearing parents teach their hearing children to sign because baby signing is the hip new thing not that baby sign is inherently bad but it’s sickening that sometimes parents with a hearing child will do anything they can to fallicitate communication while some parents of deaf children don’t even make an effort ableism
"You can’t teach an old dog new tricks" is bullshit. My mom has a good friend who randomly lost her hearing. This was when they were both adults starting families. My mom tried to TEACH HERSELF sign language so she could help interpret for her friend. And while her ASL wasn’t the best, she studied and took classes and she still tries to better her sign language skills and she’s 62.
It’s heartbreaking to know that some parents won’t even try for their children. At least learn some basic signs or the alphabet to spell.
Tumblr: spreading the world apart, one group at a time.
THIS is the shit that bothers me with tumblr
Definitely one of my old pieces.
I tweaked it a little to my fit my taste. The unedited version was UGH.
Calabria, Italy has beautiful traditional costumes. ( * A * )
Here at home, we forget that somewhere out there are villages where everything’s closed on Sundays and finger-sized dragonflies hum, Robitussin-green, over stone walls three times older than the whole USA.
Clinging to the Ligurian Alps that rear over the Italian Riviera — which Italians call simply la Riviera because riviera, as an Italian noun, mandates no modifiers; thus all other rivieras are pretenders — Seborga is exactly such a village.