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ridicuLIST: All Deaf People Are Inspiration Porn

Posted by: Staff Writer on Aug. 13, 2014  |  Comments

Do you have less-than-“perfect” hearing? Then, somewhere along your journey in this hearing-centric world, you may have received comments like these: “You’re so inspirational to live with this disability. I can't imagine how I would do it.” Or “You’re deaf? Goodness, you seem to be doing so well in spite of it.”

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ridicuLIST: All Deaf People Parties Are Oh-So Quiet

Posted by: Staff Writer on July 16, 2014  |  Comments

Quiet as a mouse. Quiet a sepulchre. Quiet as at anchor in a deaf calm. These are the various analogies that many people may use to describe Deaf people – and their parties. Sometimes this is true – such as at more formal events, daytime picnics, and “voice-off” Deaf Jams. But while poetic, these analogies are, at times, far from the truth.

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ridicuLIST: Sign Language is Universal

Posted by: Staff Writer on May 14, 2014  |  Comments

Deaf people have been around for as long as people started speaking to each other. When the first people who spoke realized they had to communicate with each other they developed structure and syntax for language. So did the Deaf, and thus, sign language was born, along with its own syntax and structure.

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ridicuLIST: Deaf People Can't Walk (In Airports)

Posted by: Staff Writer on April 18, 2014  |  Comments

There’s a long-running joke that Delta Air Lines, which operates +5,000 flights daily, is an acronym for “Doesn’t Even Leave the Airport”. But for those in the Deaf Community, it may as well be “Deaf Erroneously Lose Their Ambulation”.

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ridicuLIST: All Deaf People are Poor and Abuse Government Assistance

Posted by: Staff Writer on March 12, 2014  |  Comments

SSA. SSDI. SSI. HUD. If you’ve heard of these acronyms, you’ve probably also heard them being associated with deaf individuals. Sadly, some stereotypes die hard. One is the idea that all deaf people are poor and abuse government assistance. In a recession, it seems even more so. Because seemingly everyone is broke.

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ridicuLIST: Deaf people Read Braille

Posted by: Staff Writer on Aug. 27, 2013  |  Comments

If, as a deaf person, you’ve ever been handed braille literature by a well-meaning person, you are not alone. Somewhere over the course of time, deafness and blindness became joined together like Batman and Robin. Thus an urban legend was born: “Deaf people read braille.”

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ridicuLIST: All Deaf People Make Good Spies

Posted by: Staff Writer on June 12, 2013  |  Comments

Do not heed advice from the cast members of Seinfeld when in one episode they convince Marlee Matlin’s comical deaf character, Laura, to lip-read and eavesdrop on one of George’s ex-girlfriends at a party.

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ridicuLIST: Deaf People Want To Be Cured

Posted by: Staff Writer on April 10, 2013  |  Comments

Ask a culturally Deaf person this: ‘If there was a pill you could take to regain your full hearing, would you take it?’ a majority of them will tell you no. Once, a deaf woman told me, “If I got my hearing back, I would lose my identity and I wouldn’t know what to do.”

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ridiciuLIST: Deaf People are Mute

Posted by: Staff Writer on March 13, 2013  |  Comments

Hearing loss is relative to the loss of one’s functional voice box. Now that’s just silly! Babies learn to communicate by mimicking their parents, i.e. speaking.  When learning to speak, the process is what we call baby talk and includes listening with our ears, watching the mouth of mom (or dad), and trying to mimic the noises we hear.

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