Audism - and Why it's Harmful
Embracing Deaf Culture
They embrace themselves and others as being culturally deaf, and they have no limits.
They may or may not read lips, they may or may not be married to a deaf person, they may or may not speak, they may or may not have hearing aids.
Everyone who is Deaf is proud of their deafness and do not consider it to be a disability.
So... What is Audism?
Audism is saying that hearing people are superior to deaf people.Someone will exhibit audism when they assume that deaf people cannot do what other people can do.
People exhibit audism when they try to "assimilate" them or try to make Deaf people more like hearing people.
You also exhibit audism when you are...
- Asking them why don't they have hearing aids or cochlear implants.
- Asking why they can't read lips.
- Shouting at them, asking if you can hear them.
- Saying that they cannot sign.
- Denying them closed captions for videos and movies.
- And many more cases have been experienced by Deaf people.
Deaf people should not have to be able to earn tolerance or acceptance.
Hearing people should become educated about the deaf community, and spread awareness about the treatment of deaf people in order to stop ignorance and intolerance.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Learn ASL, learn about the Deaf community, learn about audism and how to avoid it, learn about some amazing people!
Get to know some amazing people! Practice your ASL, and learn more about the deaf community and about what you can do to spread awareness to all hearing people!
Fight the good fight, and demand equal rights for all deaf people. Demand equal education in schools, demand law enforcement to become familiar and trained in Deaf interactions, demand more interpreters in all situations! Fight!!