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Unread 09-16-2007, 08:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best city/town for a Deaf person to live in?

Hi, guys.. sorry I've been away from the board, life's crazies.
So, in your opinion, what is/are the best place/s in USA for a Deaf person to live in? What makes those places best for a Deaf person to live in?
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Unread 09-16-2007, 09:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I cant judge since everyone is different and have different preferences.

Or did u mean for job opportunities for Deaf people?
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Unread 09-16-2007, 09:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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shel: I am interested in your opinion and experience, so dont worry about what others prefer.

Yes, all the positive things - easy access, friendly hearies, etc.
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Unread 09-16-2007, 10:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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In my opinion, it's generally the same across well known US for major cities. It depends on the individuals who approaches the town. Not everyone are treated equal. I think it's different story with small towns, some are good to live in and some others aren't.
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Unread 09-16-2007, 11:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My opinion, it must be:

Washington DC : Because of Gallaudet University and have some of "Deaf Town" there.
Southern California: A lot of deaf people there, a big deaf community there.
New York: Goes the same as Southern California
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Unread 09-16-2007, 12:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For Deaf singles with no children, Washington DC due to Gallaudet University and govt jobs. People in DC are cool with deaf people.

For Deaf with families, Frederick, MD due to a large deaf community there with families. Many hearing people who live in Frederick are so used to deaf people and some of them have learned sign by simply living in Frederick.

I would love to live in DC but too expensive so I live in Baltimore instead. Frederick is not my kind of town.
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Unread 09-16-2007, 01:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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New York: Goes the same as Southern California
Where in NY? The small city in the economically depressed upstate NY, or NYC proper?
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I would love to live in DC but too expensive so I live in Baltimore instead. Frederick is not my kind of town.
Cool. I generally agree with you that metro DC is easily the best area for a Deaf person to live in. Baltimore's not bad, but the Deaf community there isn't as good as metro DC, nor is it as good as the one found in Frederick. Wasn't there a Deaf club on N. Charles St.?

I used to live in Baltimore for three years. I liked the city, especially Inner Harbor. However, for my 'Deaf Fix', I had to go to DC. Thankfully, that drive is only like 45 minutes away!
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Where in NY? The small city in the economically depressed upstate NY, or NYC proper?
Yupp NYC (New York City) as proper Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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Yupp NYC (New York City) as proper Sorry for the misunderstanding.
Well, I would think you may be mistaken. Don't get me wrong; the Deaf community is pretty big and active in NYC. However, a tiny city by the name of Rochester, in upstate NY, still waxes its big brother when it comes to a top-notch Deaf community.
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Well, I would think you may be mistaken. Don't get me wrong; the Deaf community is pretty big and active in NYC. However, a tiny city by the name of Rochester, in upstate NY, still waxes its big brother when it comes to a top-notch Deaf community.
Ohh that's right, I forgot about that. The RID NTID school right?
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Unread 09-16-2007, 08:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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For me I grew up in a small rural area. Deaf culture here is pretty much non-existent. There are 3-4 people here who are deaf/ severe profound hard of hearing, but they rarely contact each other.

Im hoping with my close proximity to Russellville, that we can get a deaf coffee chat going at Starbucks once a month if we can get some deaf/HH folks rounded up. I think there's more around in Russellville who may be in similar circumstances but looking for that deaf community in which they feel like they fit into.
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Cool deal, guys, about DC, Rochester and MD..
I think it is hard to live in places where Deaf people don't contact each other, or live too far away from each other.
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I must said Wash DC cuz since I am not students at Gallaudet and I decided to stay in DC to start my new life and got full time work at Gallaudet as Staff Resident Asst (SRA) for Clerc Hall and DC got great deaf community
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It is hard to find a deaf town in a small village or small town. I have deaf friends that lives on the reservation across the island and I have to visit them far over there to meet them and socialize them. The best place to go find a deaf town is Toronto, Ottawa, and Belleville. They have good advantage for deaf people to meet other deaf people in the deaf club, deaf bowling and in the church where there is interpreter for the deaf. I manage to find them at the hearing society or happen to meet some of the deaf on the street.
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Do not come here.

West Virginia is the worst place on earth for the deaf and hard of Hearing. I been here for 20 years and I am still trying to get out.
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Austin, TX is the best provide for deaf. They got everything you need.
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West Virginia is the worst place on earth for the deaf and hard of Hearing. I been here for 20 years and I am still trying to get out.
Why can't you get out?
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Jan - thanks for the warning! I hope you get out, honey. It sounds like it is quite difficult for you.

Haa, thanks PowerOn - what about Houston?
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Why can't you get out?
I am married to a man i can not stand, have no job, no money.I am trap here. It feels like a bike in a car lot. As far as people like us forget about it.
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Interesting, I really never thought about best city/town for Deaf person to live in.

All what I consider mainly important is best town or city with good enivornment for the children upbringing including good school...

I have few deafies who live around the area where I live but my good friends live long way from my area... I really have no time to contact deafies since we have a family... I contact them via email and fax... we visit each other when we have time.
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I am married to a man i can not stand, have no job, no money.I am trap here. It feels like a bike in a car lot. As far as people like us forget about it.
If you can't stand him then why don't you get a divorce? And isn't there a store or something nearby that you can work at? Save up and get out!
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So far, Rochester (NY), NYC, Frederick (MD), DC, So-Cali, Austin (TX) have been made as suggestions for deaf-friendly places to live. The cost of living is definitely a consideration!

What about places like Arizona and New Mexico? North Dakota? Nevada?
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If you can't stand him then why don't you get a divorce? And isn't there a store or something nearby that you can work at? Save up and get out!
There is not alot of jobs here and the "normal" people have them if you know what I mean.
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Jan - thanks for the warning! I hope you get out, honey. It sounds like it is quite difficult for you.

Haa, thanks PowerOn - what about Houston?
just great deaf gay and big christian deaf group in Houston, usually.
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So far, Rochester (NY), NYC, Frederick (MD), DC, So-Cali, Austin (TX) have been made as suggestions for deaf-friendly places to live. The cost of living is definitely a consideration!

What about places like Arizona and New Mexico? North Dakota? Nevada?
Phoenix has a fast growing deaf population - but I personally cannot stand Phoenix - it is becoming another Los Angeles but I do enjoy visiting outside Phoenix such as Sedona or Tucson. Tucson is another possibility for you but I dont know how important it is to be within a large deaf community or whether envirnonment/nature/local politics/livability is more important to you or whether you are seeking a balance there. For me, I am very happy where I am even though we do not have a deaf service center or large deaf community but I will never sacrifice the livability of my city and my small group of very devoted deaf friends. That is all I need to maintain quality of life for myself. Sometimes I do wonder if I am missing out a lot by not living in places like Rochester or other places, but I would be miserable as I wouldnt want to sacrifice nature - nature is important to me
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Phoenix has a fast growing deaf population - but I personally cannot stand Phoenix - it is becoming another Los Angeles but I do enjoy visiting outside Phoenix such as Sedona or Tucson. Tucson is another possibility for you but I dont know how important it is to be within a large deaf community or whether envirnonment/nature/local politics/livability is more important to you or whether you are seeking a balance there. For me, I am very happy where I am even though we do not have a deaf service center or large deaf community but I will never sacrifice the livability of my city and my small group of very devoted deaf friends. That is all I need to maintain quality of life for myself. Sometimes I do wonder if I am missing out a lot by not living in places like Rochester or other places, but I would be miserable as I wouldnt want to sacrifice nature - nature is important to me
Grew up in Phx and my brother still lives there. He said the Deaf community there is growing but they are all spread out all over Phx. It is a huge city and the public transportation system is not that great. According to my brother, many deaf people who live there cant afford cars so it is hard for people to get together more often.
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^^That's why they have light rail under construction and it should open in 2008. I'm sure it will spread around Phoenix metro area in coming years.
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Seattle is very deaf-friendly place. Many deafies work for Amazon, REM, Microsoft, Starbucks corporation.

Los Angeles is very unfriendly towards deaf people. They cannot stand them. The unemployment rate among deaf people in LA is very high.
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It is very interesting to hear which cities and towns are thought to be the best d/Deaf Culture towns.

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Los Angeles is very unfriendly towards deaf people. They cannot stand them.
really, why?
I thought LA always presented itself as the melting pot of the west.

Liza didn't ask for just d/Deaf folks responses so I will add Ohio to the list.
I think Ohio, over all as a state, has a very vibrant d/Deaf Culture. Granted, the four corners of the state may have to drive a few hours to get to d/Deaf events but there are tons of events all year long around the state
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