Deaf identity and BSL


Deaf, hubby to Rachel, dad to Corey, Libby and Emily, Solicitor, Lecturer in Legal Practice at University of South Wales, PhD student at University of Leicester.

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4 Responses

  1. Alison says:

    Don’t I just remember 2003!

    Re having a go at your family, pretty sure many of us might go through the same process, rejecting xyz. So called professionals have a lot to answer for, and parents will just go with what they are told because they see them as the expert.

    Cool re family learning BSL though.

  2. Tina says:

    I wondered about that, switching over to BSL, very interesting you say that. I find training courses so hard even with a palantypist, and it makes me feel stupid. I remember having a Phonic Ear at school and I was always top of the class as it was effortless to learn by hearing. By the time I went to university my hearing had deteriorated so much that I couldn’t even use the Phonic Ear and since then have found learning much harder and more time consuming as I basically had to teach myself by reading everything – no communication support then! It’s so annoying isn’t it. I feel that a lot of hearing people don’t realise how lucky they are and when they can’t be bothered to obtain qualifications ….gaaaggh! Right, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

  3. JGJones says:

    Too true mate and this reflects what I went thru myself and finally accepting my Deaf identify. And on telling this to my family…

    Sigh…it’s still many arguments to this day – and they’ve said they will “learn” BSL – but that was over a year ago now and they’ve still yet to do it.

    It’s a uphill battle for me since my father is very much in the old school of thoughts – where he goes with what the doctors said and many of them said that it’s bad, will make me stupid etc and it’ve been extremely tough to get my father to stop believing that and I know I’ve not been 100% successful there yet, but hey, I haven’t given up.

  4. Rob says:

    JGJones, what you mean you’re not 100% successful there yet?! You’re the nutter from gwallgofi, who does a lot of IT support for some high profile companies. So shaddup you!

    Mind you, I sorta know what you mean. I may be a qualified solicitor now, but I’ve still got aways to go before I consider myself as 100% successful.

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