Spent most of dinner today arguing with one of my RAs over Deaf culture and Deaf education - particularly how a lot of Deaf parents would not want their kids to have cochlear implants or hearing aids. He mentioned that he knew Deaf/deaf* parents who wanted their Deaf/deaf* kid to have hearing aids, which kind of surprised me at first, but I guess it would depend how they grew up and if they consider themselves to be Deaf/deaf. Either way, it was a very uncomfortable discussion because he seemed to be getting very into it and showing a lot of emotion; he wasn’t quite yelling but he was getting loud. I think I stood my ground alright but the knot to my stomach arouse quickly and hasn’t left yet, although I left dinner 40 minutes ago. I told him to look up the Sound and the Fury, which is a documentary following a set of Hearing parents with a deaf son and a Deaf family with a Deaf daughter and their conflict about whether or not to get cochlear implants. It’s really intense and emotional, so I highly suggest people watch it.
If ya’ll read this and had no idea what I was talking about/would like to know more about how Deafness should be considered an ethnicity, feel free to shoot me a question. I just don’t have much time now to write it all out/am not particularly feeling it again after this argument.
*The difference between Deaf and deaf is that Deaf implies that you recognize your Deaf identity as an ethnicity, as opposed to it being a medical disability.