Growing up is in itself a very challenging phase of life for children with no added feeling of being different. As children do, hearing-impaired or hard-of-hearing children can suppress shame as a consequence of being members of a minority…
The good news is that children that are or were born in the USA today benefit immeasurably from life-lessons previously learned by government, grandparents, parents and society. Diversity and inclusion are today’s slogan, and open-mindedness and treating all people alike is the rule in several parts of the United States.
The bad news is that there are still many people or societies where prejudice continues to thrive, and some children born today will grow up with the feeling that they are defective, or to be sympathized and enabled to perform at levels far below their capabilities.
Deaf community leaders, famous and not so well-known, old and young, are stepping-up to put an end to the three evils of society: ‘shame’, ‘learned helplessness’ and ‘prejudice’ that has surrounded the deaf community. They are deaf and proud, and give a helping hand to others in self-acceptance and pride of self-reliance, accomplishment, and living up to one’s capabilities or talents.
The Deaf and Proud movement exhibits itself in many different ways:
- As Fashion – Hearing aids that are colorfully designed.
- As Pride – Many people within the deaf community decline the use of any type of hearing devices.
- As Being Social – Expressing pride through social messages via the internet or using print and broadcast media.
Entertainers take the deaf community and the Deaf and Proud Movement on the road to encourage hearing-impaired all over the universe toward empowerment.
Role of Interpreters
Interpreters also play a significant role in the advancement of the Deaf and Proud movement. A lot of general hearing societies may have many misconceptions about the talents and capabilities of the Deaf community, but the interpreters very well know through real-experiences that the hearing-impaired can do anything but hear.
The Deaf and Proud movement is an eye-opener for many societies that still treat deaf people as people with the lack of ability to do great things like hearing people. Be a part of this movement and share this content with as many people as possible.