I found something shocking, a group of people who want to or pretend to have a condition such as deafness and other people who are attracted to people with those conditions.
They call themselves the transabled people.
What I found were a bunch of blogs by such people, plus a yahoo group for deaf wannabes. Someone already posted about that yahoo group around two years ago here
. I found more than just deaf wannabes. On a blog by a deaf wannabe and pretender, I found links to other blogs by people like a blind wannabe and a MS wannabe. There's even a spinal cord injury pretender. The spinal cord one even has some creepy stories on her blogs with a character trying screw up her spine.
This really creeps me out. The blind wannabe wrote on her blog that she wanted to go blind by looking at the sun and thought about using lenses to make it faster, but her SO doesn't like that, so she wears special contacts to block her vision instead.
The MS wannabe's blog has stuff on going around in a wheelchair and clutches, even at work. She is even aware of what happens in MS, because it is the basis of her blog's name, demyelinate. It refers to how the myelin covering of the nerves get destroyed, likely by an autoimmune attack. She writes that she sometimes pretends to be deafblind, but feels that she is somehow meant to have MS. That creeps me out because I don't see how anyone could want such a thing to happen to them.
It's also a waste of wheelchairs. The blogger also wrote about being let onto the buses for free, no questions asked. This is nutty even if she has an unlimited pass that she doesn't bother to show to people.
The deaf wannabe's blog has stuff on her using earplugs made of cotton soaked in oil and blasting music into her ears with an Ipod and earphones, even at work. She also wrote about thinking about faking hearing loss on hearing tests to get a hearing aid sooner, even if she usually doesn't. That stills irks me. She's learning British Sign Language and wrote that she used to take ASL classes at NTID! I am sad and angry about my alma mater being defiled by such people.
She also wrote that she posts to deaf forums, keeping the wannabe thing a secret.
The reason that particular deaf wannabe is like that seems to be related to her autistic spectrum condition and the associated oversensitivity to sound, which could be a reason for her saying that the earplugs she's using aren't enough. I wonder if there could be other reasons those people are wannabes, including creepy ones.
I hope that those deaf wannabes and pretenders don't waste interpreters and take them away from people who really need them.
I found another deaf forum with a thread about this and someone joined and copied a post about a hoh pretender who made friends with a real hoh person. What would happen if the real one found that the other one is a pretender? There, I also read of someone wanting to learn how to speak like a deaf person.
I also talked with a friend who's a transsexual and she was offended by those transabled people's frequent comparisons of themselves to transgendered and transsexual people because that's piggybacking themselves onto the other group.
What do you think of those transabled people? Should I post any links to those blogs? Actually, I won't need to because anyone can immediately find the deaf wannabe's blog with a Google search and find the other blogs linked to from there. What would you do if you found out that someone you thought was hoh, deaf or had some other condition like MS, was actually a wannabe and/or a pretender? What do you think of people attracted to those with such conditions?