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Here’s a short (for now) thread of things that #hearing people really should know and somehow choose not to
1. It’s actually quite rude to ask someone how #deaf they are.

1.1 because there’s no direct relationship between how much hearing you have and how well you integrate with the hearing. Most of my friends can, technically, hear things I physically can’t.
2. Sign languages are actually languages, not just a fun accessibility tool.
3. If I’m not signing with you it’s because I speak your language better than you speak mine (I’m not confident in either). And because the only time you approach me is to ask abt “what’s the sign for”. (I prefer “what’s the word for ...?”)
4. Deaf people aren’t naturally part of the disability community. Some of the worst ableism I’ve experienced is within the Deaf community.
5. I know I correct this, loudly, especially when someone comes to me with “disabled person said this” about Deaf people. But like point 4. MOST Deaf people do not want to hunt through a fucking accessibility tab to figure out if they can watch/participate in/go to something.
6. Also don’t ask interpreters what Deaf people can/can’t do. Unless they’re CoDA, most have no idea. I’ve had interpreters say the most incorrect things assuming I’m either too far away to hear or not looking at them (lol)
6.1 I’m sure there are some that will qualify it with “in my experience” but I’m telling you, interpreters who know us will just laugh at you. Probably not in your face. Probably.
7. On my hearing ability - it’s known as “lipreading” but actually it’s “using context and whatever hearing I’ve got scraped together to figure out what you’re saying and I have had twenty-five years of practice.
7.1 If you’re new to me, I probably can’t understand you at all but I am trying. Unless you’ve been mouthing words for two hours as you sign. Ties in to point 6. I’m memorising everything about you and will probably quote you as I’m complaining to the organiser.
7.2 Hearing is really exhausting. Sometimes, especially after group meetings, I need to go and be very still in a dark place. It helps if people do hold meetings or themselves act in a hard-of-hearing-friendly way.
8. There is a deaf accent. It’s not a speech impediment, even if you know some asshole who insists on calling their voice a speech impediment I assure you that person knows it’s not. Most people are sensitive about their accent because it’s often the subject of mockery.
9. Hey uh, Deaf people don’t actually look at their own hands when they talk? If the sight of your cheeks doesn’t distract you during conversations, why do you think our hands distract us?
10. Being Deaf isn’t, like, our whole lives, we don’t sit around thinking about our ears all the time or practicing speaking in the mirror or any other tragic shit you can think of.
I’m assuming the person didn’t want to engage with me/my thread so I’m not gonna force em but uh. I’m talking from experience about specific attitudes toward ableism within the d/Deaf community, and how a lot won’t even consider “accessibility” to cover them so like Text: Actually no. You know what? Most DISABLED PEOPLE IN GENERAL don't want to have to hunt through an accessibility tab to find out if we can access things.<br />
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We'd rather just be able to access things, too.
Lmao sure I’d like not to have to ask about like, my physical access either but this is specifically linguistic and linguistic access is not a thing specific to Deaf people. So yea like. Context.
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