Deaf Culture

Identity First and Person First Language of the Deaf and Autistic Communities

    It is no secret that I was born Deaf. Even though my parents shielded me from the Deaf community, I was very involved as a child. American Sign Language was banned from our home. A teacher and child taught me signs from when I was very young. I had to be careful not… Continue reading Identity First and Person First Language of the Deaf and Autistic Communities

Oralism in the Deaf and Autistic Communities

As a Hard of Hearing autistic adult, I think about this often. There are many overlaps in the autistic and Deaf communities. There are different sensory, diagnosis, difficulties and therapy experiences. There is certainly an overlap of experiences and history. Having experiences from both communities is a truly unique experience. Combining the Deaf and autistic… Continue reading Oralism in the Deaf and Autistic Communities

Relying on Lip Reading and ASL during a Mask Mandate

Green face mask that says: “I’m not ignoring you.” on the left and “I’m Hard of Hearing” on the right with HOH in ASL As many of you know, I am a Hard of Hearing Autistic adult. I rely on lip reading and ASL. I am normally able to fake being able to hear effectively… Continue reading Relying on Lip Reading and ASL during a Mask Mandate