Originally Posted by MissLady
I am with you on this one, Lily. The whole Switched at Birth thing drives me crazy! I am in an ITP and it seems to me that a lot of the Beginner level students are simply OBSESSSSSSED with that show. They really think that is what being deaf is all about. I would say 99% are completely shocked when they actually start learning that ASL is a language and that you actually have to interact with Deaf people to get the language and the culture.
It pains me to think that people seek out Deaf people because they think it's cool or trendy. I myself am hearing. I did not come to the Deaf world because I thought it was cool. At the same time, I have witnessed events where I was just in utter shock that people think it would be so cool to be deaf or HOH. Those people don't seem to understand that Deaf people can't just turn on their voices like hearing people can when the Deaf event is over. Their deafness is a part of their identity. I know some of my Deaf friends get pissy about that because those people never take the time to understand what it feels like to be the odd one out in a conversation when everyone is voicing and not signing (how ****ing rude), or get pissed off when they can't understand a conversation and demand that the Deaf slow down or use PSE to make it easier for them.
Those people mentioned above are too proud to even try to become part of the Deaf world. They want the deaf world to come to them, not they to become part of it. I think maybe the hearing ASL teachers are the problem by not requiring that hearing ASL students frequent Deaf events; I think one of the best things that a teacher can do is to encourage students to join the community that uses the language, and get to know the people.
That being said, sometimes it is hard to go when you only know how to FS your name and say what your favorite color is. But at least make the effort! Go and attempt it! Maybe the teachers are being unreasonable to ask students to ask such complex questions (that undoubtedly have complex, long answers) when beginning students have such limited sign vocabulary. It's a conundrum.
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