Deaf Awareness Month (September) Around SD 308
Deaf Awareness Month Around SD 308
The month of September provides the opportunity to highlight the importance of providing equal access to members of our communities who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or experiencing hearing loss. It is also a time to celebrate the rich cultural history of the Deaf community, and work on advocating for the rights of Deaf, hard of hearing, or those experiencing hearing loss everywhere. The teachers and staff at SD 308 who work with our Deaf and hard of hearing students work every day advocating for their hearing-related needs, teaching sign language, Deaf culture and identity, and so much more.
10 Things to Know about Deaf and Hard of Hearing People:
1. If an individual doesn’t respond to you, they most likely can’t hear you --
Don't assume someone is ignoring you or being rude if they don't respond when you say something to them. More likely than not, they are deaf or simply didn't hear you.
2. Every deaf person has their own preferred methods of communication and language --
Everyone communicates in their own preferred language and communication. Some deaf individuals choose written communication, to sign, speak, both, or combinations of methods.
3. Some deaf individuals may not identify as “Deaf” --
There is a wide spectrum of Deaf Culture and Deaf Identity. Read more at: Celebrating the diversity of deafness
4. Social situations and various environments may be different for deaf individuals --
Trying to keep up, communicate and follow along with conversations often pose a variety of challenges to those who are deaf.
5. No two deaf people are alike --
Everyone is different. What might work for one deaf person may not work for another.
6. Deaf does NOT mean “dumb” --
Many deaf individuals go on to lead successful and fulfilling lives in a wide variety of professions.
7. Deaf people don’t often consider deafness as a disability --
Deafness is considered an invisible disability and does not mean the individual is disabled. It simply means these individuals can't hear or have different ways of hearing and communicating.
8. Using hearing assistive technology is a personal choice --
Everyone has their own preference and way of life and communicating; therefore, not everyone chooses to use hearing assistive technology for a variety of reasons.
9. Deafness is often invisible --
Deaf individuals learn many various ways of adapting to communicate and to the environment around them so that it may not always be apparent when someone is deaf.
10. You don’t need to feel sorry for an individual's deafness --
"Oh, I'm sorry," is often heard after individuals find out that a person they are speaking with is deaf. While most mean well, there is truly nothing to be sorry for. Most deaf individuals are happy being deaf because it is who we are and we have our own ways of navigating life and communication.
These are just 10 of the main things which can be discussed during Deaf Awareness Month with regard to deafness, deaf culture, deaf identity, etc.; however, this is definitely not all.