Thursday, February 8, 2007

Oops, I did that

Jay Krieger shows some of his (and commonly others') experiences of doing things that slightly contradicts with "Deaf people can do everything but hear".


Anonymous said...

Me, too! Shhh! Don't you dare to tell anyone!

Michele said...

Haha! Very true. But is that a good or bad thing? I'm sure they do this with other disabled people. Do we deserve this kind of thing? You got me thinking about this.

BEG said...

Guilty as charged!

Anonymous said...

LOL I love this. This is so much better than Britney Spears song "oops I did it again!!"
Thanks for reminding me how precious our Deaf advantage can be. I will use that airline line next time I fly to China and see if we can get in the plane first.

Anonymous said...

Why do you have to tell the world?? You moron! ;)

That's what we are fixated to do so.

Now, we are guilty as charged. Wait a minute, who is complaining? You?

Not me!

Anonymous said...

That's HILARIOUS! :) Thanks for making me laugh! :)

Carrie Gellibrand

Anonymous said...

i am ahead of you on the roller coaster part :)


Jon said...

*winks* me too! As long, I told truth then they gave me good deal.

SDA said...

Well... I think you, Jay, have brought up a good topic. Unfortunately, they have been made out to look bad beyond necessary.
I, for one, have done some of what you confessed to have done in the past. In many situations, I do not feel like I need to abuse the priviliges, or whatever you call them.
For example - I do not see any point in getting in front of the lines at amusement parks. That has nothing to do with my using ASL or such.
I have reached to a place where I am comfortable about letting the airlines know that I'm Deaf and that I use ASL. (I do NOT sign as in "I cannot hear..." - I sign as in "I'm Deaf and I sign..." - simple as that). If the airlines decide that they prefer to put me up front ahead of others, so be it. I understand that the airlines prefer doing that so that they won't be held accountable for any miscommunications or such. They know that they have yet to equip their system to fit our language/ communication which they have failed miserably over the years. Apparently they are aware that their current system marginalizes people like us.
As for going skiing and getting a FREE ticket is way too much, in my opinion. I do not do that. I have always felt that it is a nice happy medium when I get a half price or some discount on my day ski pass, knowing that ski areas are not even equipped to give us full service should we ever need it. Suppose I get injured while skiing and I'm being attended to by the ski patrols. They do not sign. How do I tell them where my injury is or describe the severity of it? What if I'm gasping for my last breaths and truly need immediate attention to my injury, they are unable to understand me.
Are you saying that we should begin to think "Oops, I did that..." when requesting interpreters for our classes when mainstreaming at some colleges/ universities?
Where are we taking this to?
I do not think we need to be made to feel guilty for some things we do that are within reasonable boundaries.
What say you, Jay?

Jay said...


We know when we are taking advantage of or being taken advantage of.

Skiing and Amusement Park (unless you need interpreters for their shows), I would think we are taking advantage of.

Airports, school interpreters, etc., I think we warrant the priviledge.

Just ask yourself, did you do that just to get things cheaper, faster, easier, etc.

Anonymous said...

We have a big advantage over these situations, we CANNOT hear people grumbling behind our backs. I heard that parents of kids (who look normal but have hidden disabilities) hear remarks from other people if they get in lines early or whatever. Some remarks are hurtful. I'm sure our koda children hear it as well and also may feel jealous of us. But we need to remember we are disabled, if we are disabled, this is how they will treat us unless you tell them so. There is a very fine line here, at same time we don't want to consider ourselves disabled but then when it comes to accepting things, why are we suddenly feeling so guilty as if we are doing something sneaky when we are not.


Toby Welch said...

Far out! I never thought about it until you mentioned. It is true. Haha!


Oscar the Observer said...

Hehe, yeah, that is funny. I don't do that often but I am guilty too. But there are very few situations where I can claim my deafness (and my low vision) if my primary method of effective communication is through an interpreter and you know how their time can be limited so I tend to try to get "in front" because though I love to read I ABHOR to write as a communicating tool so I use the interpreter in that time frame! hehe