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Subtle ableism

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Thankfully, ableism isn't as strong as it used to be but I've experienced and what I've heard others experience in subtle ableism/ignorance;

  • People using Deaf or Hoh as an insult
  • People thinking that Deaf people can't tell the difference between facial expressions such as yawning and screaming (I'm sure some of you have heard of the 'flight attendant joke')
  • Thinking Sign Language is 'gang signs'
  • Complaining about things that we actually need
  • Thinking that our disability also defines our intelligence 
  • Saying that you speak well for a Deaf/HoH person
  • Thinking that Deaf/HoH people can't drive
  • Thinking that Deafness/HoH is one's sole identity 
  • Exaggerated speaking when finding out one is Deaf/HoH
  • Expecting us to read their lips and understand what they are saying
  • Saying never mind, when you are trying to understand what they are saying
  • Saying oh 'I'm so sorry', *thinking its absolutely tragic*
  • Constant staring at the person that is Deaf HoH
  • Have you tried this treatment?

Stay strong, what they think does not ever define who we are because they would not be able to handle what we have battled.

Thanks for reading,



Topic starter Posted : August 22, 2021 3:58 am
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saying, “You do not look disabled,” as though this is a compliment. viewing a person with a disability as inspirational for doing typical things, such as having a career. assuming a physical disability is a product of laziness or lack of exercise.Urban Dictionary: “Ableism is the discrimination or prejudice against people who have disabilities. Ableism can take the form of ideas and assumptions, stereotypes, attitudes and practices, physical barriers in the environment, or larger scale oppression.

Posted : May 18, 2022 11:26 am