Earlier this week, Davis’ mentor mentioned the benefits of a specific “Meetup” group in which community members get together to work through comedic routines. What’s a meetup? According the site, meetups are “neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something…” These groups meet in public places, such as coffee shops or libraries, which alleviates safety concerns. I guess technology is keeping us connected, after all...
What’s the difference?
Well, Jason has not only been practicing ASL, but learning more about the culture, as well. Dan (a CODA, or Child of Deaf Adults) explained that it’s taboo to call a deaf person “hearing impaired” because this implies that something is wrong with him. Instead, most who cannot hear prefer to be called deaf. It’s empowering (rather than belittling). Furthermore, those who can hear, but have been raised in deaf culture call themselves “Deaf” with a capital “D,” implying that they are not pathologically deaf, but culturally Deaf, and thus are still members of the deaf community. Check out Jason’s blog (which is excellent) for more information.
This place was packed on a rainy Friday night, and I didn’t want to leave... Although I felt way out of my comfort zone because so many conversations were carrying on in a language I didn’t understand, I recognized that I needed this reality check. I’m pretty privileged to be able to converse in English, a language that allows me easy access to most people I encounter. Tonight, I got a small taste of what it feels like to be left out of the conversation.
I’m including a small clip of video. I had a hard time capturing quality video... It was hard not to feel like I was creeping in on someone’s conversation. Take note of how quiet it is despite the number of people around us.
Prior to meeting with Jason and Dan, Hannah and I met with her mentor, Rivann. Rivann, a dental hygienist, has been working with Hannah since she first started her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The Smart Smile Project has been to Ecuador and is touring local first-grade classrooms in the upcoming weeks. If you know a first-grade teacher who would be interested in having Hannah and a dentist visit his or her classroom, let her know.