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Be Realistic About Limitations

Share Your Story: Realizing What it Means to Be Deaf

By Tami

Updated January 14, 2010

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  • What Happened to Make You Realize What Deafness Means?

    I was 12 years when I finally realized I am DEAF. I don't know why, I grew up thinking there was nothing wrong with me, even though I did learn ASL when I was younger (I even flunked the oral school, too!) But for some reason it never really sank in that my deafness is PROFOUND, until I was 12. I forgot what made me become aware of my deafness, I guess it was the way I communicate with people, and vice versa that make me realize I had limitations too.

    That is all.

    How Did You React to Knowing This?

    I really don't remember how I reacted to the realization I am deaf. I'm not depressed or anything. I guess I just shrugged and accepted it, heh. I was a kid after all! (It did make me a bit more introvert, though.)

    Advice

    • Don't make children grow up thinking there are nothing wrong with them, because when they get older they will face a serious setback when they are made aware of their limitations. Just tell them they cannot hear, but that it should not prevent them from accomplishing anything they set out to do.

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