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Deaf and Proud

I'm proud to be Deaf

Most people react negatively towards deaf community which is not a perfect feeling for a Deaf or Hard of Hearing person!

Deaf are humans, they feel, love, hate, create, think, and dream. I’m not deaf, but lately I’ve been so close to the deaf community especially creative deaf kids at some local organizations like Asdaa’ Association for the Hearing Impared, and Resala organization. I can tell that the deaf community are more talented than hearing people, they have the advantage of blocking unwanted distractions and sounds, so they can concentrate with high levels.

They really need the people to treat them equally. Deaf is not a disease, you should interact with them, some people would find it difficult to interact with the deaf and hard of hearing but it’s not that difficult, and you don’t have to learn sign language in order to have a successful conversation. You can interact with deaf or hard of hearing who can read lips, just talk normal but slow your speed a little bit, and I mean it -a little- so they can understand. Don’t stress on words and talk louder, you would just scramble the letters on your lips and make the situation worse.

You should also be aware of the most familiar signs in the sign language, just some words to survive for example the words: deaf, greetings, directions, time, date, and so on.

Finally I’d like to recommend the following video by our active member at Shack of Hope (Rebecca Toft) her video is featuring various Hearing Aids used by the deaf and hard of hearing, and also featuring someone from the deaf community talking about his experience.

Special Thanks to Rebecca Toft : )

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Rebecca Toft’s Cochlear Implant Experience

My Experience Of Having A Cochlear Implant.

If i didn’t have a cochlear implant, i wouldn’t even know the meaning of sound.

It all happened when i was born, when my parents was told that i failed my hearing screening at hospital. For the past of two years, i was unable to hear anything, not even voices of my parents and siblings. My parents did try and get me some hearing aids. However they wasn’t powerful enough and didnt work for me. some months went past…

On a random day, my parents received a phone call, from a doctor. Saying that there was a chance for me to hear for the first time… by having a cochlear implant. My parents was so relived and was   in joy of tears, knowing that one day i would able to hear their voices.

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