Once upon a time I worked at a “disability” services and advocacy center. I was on the mental health team, but there were numerous departments including a deaf services department comprised of deaf / hard of hearing staff. Communicating with my co-workers became second nature for me. Some of them signed (we had classes to teach us hearing folks ASL), some read lips, some had “interpreters”, some spoke and some did not. I learned that I could call people on the phone using a relay service or directly using a teletype device. I got to know everyone and their method for communicating and tried not to feel too weird being “the hearing guy”.
Most hearing people are clueless about people who are deaf. Deafula can change all of that as the narrator shares her story of hearing loss and compensating in a hearing world. She discusses the differences between deaf and Deaf, and Deaf culture. She also shares practical advice on communicating with deaf individuals. Deafula is exceptionally well written and I can not recommend this zine highly enough for people who want to learn more about hearing loss / deafness / communication.
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