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,