Freelance Writer. ASL Teacher. Disability Advocate. Deafblind. Snarky.
Don't Delay Getting Your Eye Exam
Did you know that 80% of respondents on a survey agree that their vision is the most important sense to have and that 97% of them agree that healthy eyesight is important. But only half of them went to get their eye exam in 2018.
Quit “Hearingsplaining” to the Deaf Community
We all know the “-splaining” slang - mansplaining, whitesplaining, straightsplaining, and so on. If you don’t, it’s when someone explains or talks in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner on a topic to a specific group that’s already well-versed in that topic, but told from the perspective of the group one identifies with.
The Harsh Truth Behind Those "Hearing for the First Time" Videos
We watch the little baby getting emotional when its new hearing aid is turned on and is "hearing mommy's voice for the first time". There's been other viral videos of people getting their cochlear implant activated for the first time and they break down crying when they're hearing sounds.
Access, What Access?
I came across this GIF and I actually laughed and eyerolled at the same time. GIF of a person pushing a wheelchair access button and the door opens to reveal a set of stairs.
The Conflict in Attitudes Between ASL & Deafness
American Sign Language (ASL) has steadily gained more exposure through television, movies and social media. It’s estimated that around a million people use ASL as their primary language.
6 Small Ways to Alleviate Your Depression Symptoms
If you’ve ever experienced some degree of depression, you’ll know how hard it can be to crawl out of that darkness. Here are six small things you can do to help ease, and maybe even breakthrough your depression—small things that can make a difference in how you’re feeling.
Disclosure Without Consent
I'd like to discuss a topic that happens innocently enough, but really makes things awkward for some people with disabilities.
International Week of the Deaf 2019—Sign Language Rights for All
The week of September 23rd to 29th marks the International Week of the Deaf. The #IWDEAF was started by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) which is a global organisation working to ensure equal rights for 70 million deaf and hard of hearing people around the globe.