What We Can Learn From Deaf Awareness Week

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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14 Comments

  1. 17/05/2017 / 6:34 am

    I think it is so brave of you to share your moms story. i’m proud of you both. You are both beautiful, kind, good-hearted people!
    So much love for you babe!!!

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      20/05/2017 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much Ella, she is such an incredible lady she deserves so much love! xxxx

  2. 18/05/2017 / 7:19 pm

    I didn’t know this Amie. Your Mum sounds amazing and I love what you’ve done with this post and raising awareness of hidden disabilities like this. x

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      20/05/2017 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you so much darling, it means a lot! I wish I could do so much more because it is something that people don’t understand! xxxx

  3. Megan McCoig
    18/05/2017 / 8:04 pm

    So brave of you to share your mums story! I love that you’re bringing awareness to this. I know a few people that are doing there fair share to raise awareness to and it’s so lovely to see xx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      20/05/2017 / 6:06 pm

      It is so important, even a small thing can make a massive impact on the way people view disability! xxxx

  4. 18/05/2017 / 8:36 pm

    Aw so brave of you to share this, your mum
    Sounds amazing Amie. I can imagine how hard it is for her, and I hate how some people act around deaf people it’s so rude and not needed.

    Kasie xx

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      20/05/2017 / 6:10 pm

      People can be so rude and that is the worst thing, but do you know what, I’m so happy that myself and others are doing everything we can to raise awareness! xxxxx

  5. denajayne
    19/05/2017 / 8:58 am

    Such a brave post to share, I never knew there was a deaf awareness week so thanks for sharing!
    Dena | Dena Jayne | Bloglovin
    xo

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      20/05/2017 / 6:11 pm

      I didn’t either, but I think the more people know about it, the more people will talk about it! xxxx

  6. 20/05/2017 / 11:38 pm

    I loved this!! My aunt Laurie is also deaf, both of her kids can kids and are fluent in ASL. It was very difficult when she was younger because nobody in our family is deaf, so a lot of my family members have issues with communicating with her. Even I do! I’ve tried to learn sign language in the past, but since I have limited movement in my toes, I cannot do much and that part sucks! So I’ve had to slow down my mouth, she can read lips but I am a fast talker! I always feel bad about that! Lol

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      25/05/2017 / 8:12 pm

      I think it is so important to even know a little basic sign language, it helps so much! You’re doing everything you can, that is the most important thing! xxxx

  7. 24/05/2017 / 10:09 pm

    I am sorry for the way that some treat your mother. And I wanted to say thank you for sharing because if it wasn’t for your post, I wouldn’t have known that it is deaf awareness week.

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      25/05/2017 / 8:10 pm

      No need to be sorry lovely, I think if my blog post helps one person that will make my day! xxxx

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