What not a lot of people don’t know is my mum is deaf, she is one of the strongest people I know but it’s a hidden disability. I think the thing with deafness is the fact that people don’t see how truly isolating it can be, you could be in a room filled with people you can feel so lonely. When you can’t hear people, or when people are trying to talk but are speaking away from you and you can’t lip read it is so hard. So why is deaf awareness week so important?
I think sometimes think because you’re deaf sometimes, they think you’re stupid. I’ve seen people talk to my mum so slowly in a condescending way like she is stupid. I’d like to point out that my mum is very intelligent and a big softie, she isn’t stupid, she is deaf. My mum is the kind of person that won’t say anything if someone is being like that with her, but I bet you that I damn well will.
My mum isn’t defined by her disability, she isn’t is more than the fact that she can’t hear without her hearing aids in. She doesn’t ever expect someone to sign in front of her, I do sometimes with her, but all she asks is that you speak clearly and to her face.
When it comes to deafness it seems like people don’t necessarily understand, some people can think that my mum is being ignorant, no she just can’t hear you, don’t be rude to my mum.
For people who don’t understand deafness be aware that no disability is easy, deafness is hard to deal with, especially when you try to ring people on the phone and they don’t understand, they just shout down the phone which is why my I ring places for my mum. My mum doesn’t have a text phone for certain reasons which I won’t go into, but my mum is deaf. End of.
Be kind to everyone with a disability, be patient, and talk to someone about it. People with disabilities are fighting a fight already, don’t add extra baggage to it.
My mum’s disability has opened my eyes to the way that people treat others, it’s horrible the way that some people treat my mum.
I’m proud of my mum for her strength, her honesty, and how her disability has made her this strong and incredible person.
I’m proud of you mumma!
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