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On many occasions, I have been asked to explain this phenomenon which is known as Deaf Pride. After all, people ask, how could someone possibly be proud of what appears to be nothing more than a disability? On top of that, deafness is a disability which affects communication... it can put an invisible wall between hearing and deaf people. So what's there to be proud of?
If you had asked me this question many years ago, I would have been hard-pressed to come up with an answer. Deaf Pride? What Deaf Pride?
What about all those times in mainstream school when I had to give up and simply say "I don't know" because I couldn't understand the teacher?
What about all those times I was made fun of?
What about all those times when I was put in an audiologist's booth like a guinea pig?
What about all those times a speech teacher squeezed my mouth and said, "C'mon, can you say BA-BA-BA?"
Certainly nothing to be proud of. In fact, as a youngster I w...
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