An Outlook on Deaf Culture

Hey guys, I am so sorry that I haven’t blogged in a long time.  Just have a crazy schedule.  But here I am.

Alright.  So today I want to talk to you about deaf culture.  I have been taking an American Sign Language class since June at my local library.  I met the person that works with me every week to learn sign language at a local farmers’ market and decided to do it because I am moving into a group home.  Who knows?  Maybe I will need it to communicate with deaf  people.

As a part of our discussions, we discuss Deaf Culture and how they perceive hearing culture.  Hearing culture refers to people that are not deaf.  Where do I fall?  I’m right in the middle of deaf and hearing culture.  There is a phenomenon that I would like to share with you.  It says, “I don’t like being deaf, but I wouldn’t change it.”

What does that mean?  OK, so take me for example.  I have problems walking and talking about well as not being able to control my body movements.  Do I like putting up with my movements when I move excessively?  No, but would I change it?  Absolutely not, because that’s what makes me Donna Heather Klippel.  It isn’t my disability that defines me.  It is the way I handle my disability that defines me.

That is why the deaf community wouldn’t change being deaf.  Deafness has become part of their identity.  Anyone, especially me, does not like having a disability, but we cannot change that so we accept that disability into our identity.

People can say to me, “Who are you?”

I might answer,  “My name is Heather.  I am a blogger with cerebral palsy.”

Don’t let your disability define you.  Let the way you handle your disability define you.

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