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Two Deaf Life Experiences on Switched

By February 28, 2012

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Tonight on Switched at Birth, I noticed that the writers incorporated two typical deaf life experiences: "Never mind," and parents who do not learn sign language. Both experiences were introduced by a new deaf character.  Another deaf character starts to experience some deaf-hearing relationship conflict. I don't want to say any more because there are readers who have not seen it yet.

March 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm
(1) BoricuaChevere says:

I have the joy (sarcastic) of experiencing both of these. I get never mind all the time plus my mom doesn’t sign. Its really frustrate and sometimes I hate being deaf (hoh). Many times I wish I born all deaf and not HoH so maybe my mom know sign and I not have to worry about lipread or people calling me or mom that not sign or even my voice. I want to sign and I keep sending that message out but maybe she not understand. I talk to her and tell her, I even try watch switched at birth with her but still understand not. But still my own little Deaf world and community understand. It great to pour out my frustration to my people in my language- not my native language, but ones that I love more than my native English. Thank God for Deaf community!

March 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm
(2) Amy says:

Wow. I have a 9 year old daughter who is deaf. She has a cochlear implant and is hearing and speaking pretty well. I did choose to learn sign language because there are times (swimming, bathtime, and bedtime) when she cannot wear her speech processor and I thought it was a safety issue to make sure we could always communicate. She often leaves her speech processor off on the weekends…it’s like her form of sleeping in, I guess. Her father and I are divorced. He never chose to learn sign despite the fact that I signed him up for classes twice! This frustrates me to no end! I’m so worried about how this will make my daughter feel. Thanks for being honest about your hurt feelings. I know I will face this topic with my daughter one day. I hope I handle it correctly for her with as little hurt feelings as possible.

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