PLEASE WRITE IN MIDDLE School level like “”””””””” when I went to the Deaf school and then I learnt what Deaf world was like, which fits my life well. Today I’m still learning the deepest of Deaf culture. Being Deaf can’t be the main barrier to lead to the failure of the big life dreams that I have. My life has been affected in various ways because of my status but that doesn’t make me fail in making my own decisions on my life. Learning about the Deaf characters and culture has made me view my status in a positive manner making me think on the privileges that the society has offered to me by giving me a chance to utilize the important privileges delegated to me. Though the society has offered several positive privileges to the Deaf, some of the people focus much on empowering the underprivileged hence hindering the Deaf from making special developments in their lives.When I was in a hearing school, I often felt overwhelmed and wanted to avoid studying and never wanted to go to college. My parents tried to convince me that school was extremely important, but I did not listen to them. One day, I told my mother that I wanted to receive a better education in a deaf school, and my mother did not want me to go to a deaf school because she believed that I did not care about education for my life. A few days later, I felt so disappointed that I was forced to learn unwanted lessons. I decided to keep telling my mother my goal was to go to a deaf school and my mother finally accepted it. I started to be joyful at that news and readied for a better education. As a college student, I applied for City college of San Francisco to learn more English and general studies and then transferred to the University. I am majoring in communication and public relations and minor in digital media. I personally love working with people, I feel very happy seeing them satisfied with their present and looking forward to their future, and I love learning different cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, traditions, and many things that I have never learnt before, although what i really would be glad to add to my personal experience is developing a new project, to develop a new website to make the hearing and Deaf worlds one unit so they will be able to communicate with each other to learn about their different worlds.My major is Communication and my minors are Digital Media and Family studies part of my passion is to do my research and analysis on negative things and change them in a positive way.”””””””””
- Discuss the results of your #hashtag.
- Do some research and learn more about the results of your #hashtag.
- Compose a short-answer essay to respond to the following questions:
- Did this #hashtag go viral fast after its first post? Discuss.
- Did this #hashtag get a lot of views, likes, re-tweets, and shares? Share the statistical information of the #hashtag.
- What is the most recent post of using this #hashtag?
- Is this #hashtag fading away? Discuss why or why not.
- Did any celebrities use this #hashtag (beside the person who created behind that)? Who and why did they use this #hashtag?
- Did anyone important (influencers like politicians, advocates, attorney, educators, etc) use this #hashtag?
- What were the impacts of the #hashtag? Did anything change such as enforcing policy, changing our system, changing our perspectives, etc.?
- Must respond to all questions in a short-answer essay
- Must be double-spaced and using 12-point font size
- APA citation required
- At least 3 – 5 sources to support your results
3 Key Points – #HearingPrivilege
Hashtags have made things go viral, whether that be pictures or a movement. The #HearingPrivilege has really take the Deaf community by storm. The viral movement made by Dr. Joseph Hill and his students have brought awareness, education and to enact change within the community (Hill). With a majority of the population not noticing what they have, the Deaf community has stepped out called attention to the issue. With daily posts, pictures and videos being posted people are starting to get a better look at who others see the world. This doesn’t only help the Deaf community because it is helping to overall, educate the population.
Being aware of our surrounds is what we do with noticing.
For some people it is seeing the trees move in the wind or feeling a car zoom past. The awareness that the hashtag #Hearingprivilege is shocking but true. Since September of 2016 the Deaf community has been posting about the inequalities in different public and private settings. Just Naomi posted on twitter, “#HearingPrivilege being able to choose your class options based on interest, not interpreter availability” (Just Naomi). This is showing the struggle that Deaf people have had in education for centuries now. Due to the Milan Conference, Deaf people have not had the same access to education a hearing person and it is no longer expectable (Milan 1880).
With awareness of the problem at hand, next comes education. The education for change starts with the doctors, nurses and administrators to understand the person as a whole and not just an ear. Amber Galloway states that Deaf people are told no everyday because the fact that they are deaf (Galloway). They are told no when they ask for equal access because people are uneducated about Deaf culture. Promotion of ASL classes and more emphasis on the ADA is needed to show people about the rights of Deaf people. From a classroom standpoint there is a lot that one can learn about the Deaf community. Deaf culture books are all over the place and they share stories of what people have gone through. Another twitter post from Interpretopia shares this post: “#HearingPrivilege is asking, “Do you read lips?” Instead of, “What can I change/do for us to communicate with each other?” (Interpretopia). This shows that obviously hearing people have been taught an inappropriate way to communicate with others that are different. Something can’t be changed unless people are told the appropriate knowledge and give the right tools for that change.
The ability to enact change is to overcome the hardship of differences and acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with that. In Amber’s video she calls for people within the medical profession, and outside of that, to accept the Deaf community. She spells out the fact that hearing people take away Deaf people’s’ rights and the fact that they are the same (Galloway). Making the change to access and equal opportunity. For example, the NEAC Swimming and Diving championships tried out a new lighting system for the starts. A short rod with LED lights at the end flash different colors to let the Deaf athlete know what is happening without having to watch the referee. Flashing red means ‘step on the block,’ solid ready means ‘ready,’ solid blue means ‘take your mark,’ and solid green means ‘go’ (NEAC). This change has been implemented due to a disqualification at last year’s championship meet. This is the first of its kind to be used in an NCAA championship event (NEAC). This is the kind of change that is needed all over the U.S. and not just with sports teams.
To enact change we first must be educated and aware. It is now out of date to ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’ (Roosevelt). It doesn’t matter the way that we communicate together we can do what is right for everyone. No one needs to go through any more struggles with communicating.
- Galloway, A. (27 January, 2016). “Hearing Privilege.” [Youtube]. Retrieved from:
- Hill, J. (2016, September). HearingPrivilege: A Day-Long Social Media Convo. Facebook. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/events/1089191714491634/
- Interpretopia. (26 September, 2016). @interpretopia. Retrieved from: https://hashtagnow.co/hashtag/HearingPrivilege
- Just Naomi. (26 September, 2016) @standUpAB. Retrieved from: https://hashtagnow.co/hashtag/HearingPrivilege
- Milan 1880. Head Speak. Retrieved from: http://www.handspeak.com/study/index.php?id=65
- NEAC. (10 February, 2017). Reaction Light System Makes NCAA Debut at 2016- 2017 NEAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. North Eastern Athletic Conference. Retrieved from: http://neacsports.com/sports/wswimdive/2016-17/releases/17-02- 10_RLS_System_at_NEAC_Championships
- Roosevelt, T. Retrieved from: http://www.quotes.net/quote/6559
Studies have shown that most people in the world can hear and speak effectively. However, there is also a significant number of people in the world who are Deaf. These people can not hear but have differing speaking capabilities. With most facilities in our society designed with the assumption that everyone has perfect hearing abilities; a systematic and structural barrier develops concerning people who cannot hear or speak. That is referred to as the hearing privilege. According to Leigh (2015), the hearing privilege is defined as the benefits enjoyed by people who can hear which are denied to people who are Deaf. Research has shown there are various instances where hearing privilege can be observed. For example, emergency dispatch everywhere is only made by a person behind a microphone. Thus Deaf people do not get the emergency alert directly. Also, in the entertainment setting, rarely will Deaf people find sign interpretation when they play music on the television (Albright, 2014)
Another example of hearing privilege can be found in education settings where Deaf people have to get instructions from interpreters and not directly from the teacher. In a hospital setting, Deaf people cannot speak to their doctors freely and in confidentiality without the presence of a third-party person interpreter or resulting to writing. There are many other areas in life where hearing privilege can be observed such as in the business set up, legal setting and also at homes.
#hearingprivilege is incredibly important because it is about making a change and making people aware. Using this hashtag with a comment or picture bring a heavy feeling to the topic of discrimination. Many hearing people have no idea how much access they actually have until they meet a Deaf person. Even on campus, one can see the difference. I don’t think that Dr. Joseph Hill was expecting this hashtag to take a community by storm (Hill). The Huffington Post states that “one in eight Americans above the age of 12 has hearing loss in both ears” (Kohil). This hashtag helps hearing people understand the kind of daily struggles that Deaf or Hard of Hearing people have.
As stated above, the hashtag #hearingprivilege has a strong impact on people within the Deaf community. The presents a possible social change. The main perception of Deaf people is that they can’t hear and that is all hearing people focus on. If people are made aware of the kinds of oppressive actions that are done toward the community then people typically start to see a pattern. The overall focus is on the ear itself and not the person. Calling for a social change and perspective of Deaf people and the community is what this hashtag is campaigning. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) gives a laundry list of statistics about hearing. The 15 statistics that are listed are all percentages about hearing and hearing loss (NIDCD). There is nothing listed about American Sign Language.
That is why as an alternative, hearing privilege refers to a set of advantages enjoyed by hearing persons beyond those majorly experienced by the non-hearing individuals in the similar political, economic, as well as social setups such as the workplace, country or community (Glickman, 2013). It would be great if more research could be carried out on how to address the hearing privilege and thus approach the gap between the hearing and Deaf people.
Hill, J. (2016, September). HearingPrivilege: A Day-Long Social Media Convo. Facebook. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/events/1089191714491634/
NIDCD. (2016). Quick Statistics about Hearing. Retrieved from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-…
Kohil, S. (2016, September). Hearing Privilege Is One Many People Take For Granted. The Huffington Post. Retreived from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hearing-privil…
Albright, W. (2014). Emancipation of Deaf Voice. Model View Culture. Retrieved 8 February 2017, from https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/emancipation-o…
Glickman, N. S. (Ed.). (2013). Deaf mental health care. Routledge.
Leigh, I. (2015). A lens on deaf identities. Oxford University Press, USA.