Deaf Stereotypes


Uploaded by seekgeo on 25.10.2010

Transcript:
I'm thinking how funny that some hearing people
would believe in stereotype thinking we all are the same.
Oh.. we all are the same!
That's what I had...
that's what I had to face in last few years and also noticed it happened out there..
I have several examples like one thing...
someone started off with saying "you can't hear?"
"Uh.. let me get you a braille for you!"
Several hearing people were shocked when they found out
that I drive!
"Uh.. I thought all Deaf people can't drive!"
Well.. hello?! I am deaf not blind!
Oh.. I have a story!
It was about 8 years ago, that time I started dating Jes.
Jes had to go someplace and happened to run into someone
and that person heard about Jes dating a deaf guy.
So someone asked such as "I'm curious
you are dating a deaf guy? I mean... how,
well I think it'd be a lot of work?"
Jes asked a lot of work, what?
"Like.. uh you'd have to cook for him, drive him around for him.
I mean you'd have to take care of him, will that bother you?"
Can you imagine that?! I mean.. seriously, he thought...
When Jes came home, he explained to me and I was dumbfounded!
I couldn't believe for real that someone would thought that way.
I was so speechless.
Of course, Jes was appalled!
Then he explained...
Wait a minute.. other thing, I'd say things sometime
such as how I used to enjoy the dancing, went to clubs, etc.
Some actually asked "But...but,
how, uh, I mean you can't hear music!"
Well, I can feel the vibration!
So, I can dance and feel the music.
All deaf people are bad
at what... tips!
You know what I hate the most
when people would always assume that all deaf people
can read lips.
It is not true!
You know what I notice some people thought
there is only one sign language in the world
for all deaf people.
Only one universal language...
I remember when I returned from England
and I ran into a group of people so we chatted on papers.
I shared that I had a good experience there in England
oh and in Australia, too! Their signs is different and interesting.
They were confused and asked "wait a minute,
what do you mean?!"
Uh.. well I learned their sign language, yeah.
"Really?! I thought it's a universal language?"
Um, I wonder is spoken language same all over in the world?
You see why I'm like ugh the stereotype!
Because I'm deaf which means I know all deaf people in the world?
Ah, sometimes I'd say something and then state that I'm deaf.
"Oh I am soooo sorry!"
I'm very curious how your react would be when someone
said I am so sorry that
you are deaf or that you can't hear.
It's interesting most reacted this differently.
For me, I normally laughed it off and said I have a great life being deaf.
There is nothing wrong with it.
Really in general, stereotypes drive me crazy!