Wow, I can relate to all of these posts... I think I have some hearing loss, Auditory Processing Disorder and Tinittus, getting testing done over the summer, but here's how my life has been.
slowly turned outcast all friends left to be popular. My mom thought i needed some social and had me join the girls scouts, after one meeting i was banned, no explanation etc.
Probably some of the best teachers i've ever had (switched school halfway through semester) social life non-existent.
History teacher of evil, made sure i never recieved any homework from the class, when i was ill in class i was forced to stay in my seat instead of being able to run to the bathroom. When she wasn't causing me trouble in class and i was walking home someone would follow me the entire way to my house calling me names the entire way. Dropped out of school.
Got a job, my crippling social skills got me fired. The boss looked me right in the eye before giving me my checks and told me i would never work anywhere but a factory for the rest of my life. I believe it was a ten minute speech on how useless i am. I took my checks and stalked home before breaking into tears.
Attempting to make up for all the years that i neglected math, trying to get my GED etc. Started with a 4.0 GPA it's been falling steadily into the 3.0 range as classes get harder and transition to lectures.
I dropped math, couldn't understand the teacher, social life non-existent, teachers refuse to cut me any slack. I always feel like the third wheel in conversations to the point where i wonder why even try anymore? I go to class pray for it to be over, head home and study until midnight praying for a c or better to keep my phi theta kappa honors. I'm not allowed to record any audio etc. Life is a living h3ll on campus. I can't hear anyone when they are talking to me except mumbling so i'm ignored, scoffed, laughed at and called names... I'm always telling my mom i hate college, but she believe learning is supposed to be fun and i should enjoy it, especially since i'm the first in the family even barely making it to college.
I don't know ASL, although in second grade i learned finger spelling, wasn't allowed to use it though. It was a week long program of "sign language / braille" . Basically it wen't something like these people are disabled, here's how us genius hearing and seeing people created languages for them. I hated their methods but loved the asl. Come to think of it, they bullied me too... Stole my book and my ribbons (the teachers not the students). ... -_-