One of our Deaf instructors, Jenna, has taken some time to answer a few questions she’s just plain tired of hearing. (Get it?!)
1. IT’S SO NICE TO ME-ET YOU! 😀
AH! Nice to meet you too! But there’s no need to yell- just talk at an even pace and try not to mumble.
2. How did you get here?
Well my driver, Bertram, is on holiday so I had to drive myself.
3. So you know ASL? Teach me how to swear!
No, thank you.
4. Do you read braille?
Yes. I also speak Minionese.
5. Wait- how do you know what I’m saying without an interpreter?
I actually read your lips as they form words and (usually) understand! Lipreading isn’t an exact science though, so I still might need you to repeat some things.
6. Do you listen to music?
Yes, I do! It is, however, VERY loud. I’m grateful that my neighbors appreciate my taste in music. I tend to listen to songs with a heavy bass in it.
7. Can you hear me now?
Nope. Sorry, Verizon.
8. I will pray for you.
That is not how this works, but I appreciate the intention.
9. Is your family Deaf?
I am the only person in my family that is Deaf. Some of my family have hearing aids but do not know sign language. 90% of deaf children are born into hearing families, and I am no exception!
10. Are there other deaf people like you?
You bet! Your local Deaf community is full of music, art, and meet-ups that all embrace Deaf Culture at it’s finest. Try an ASL poetry slam or a Deaf Coffee!