Issues that affect Deaf people are particularly close to my heart
Having grown up in a family that was unable to communicate with its Deaf relations I decided
that enough was enough and if no-one else was going to make an effort then
Michael was born in the 1940's and was almost "written off" as being mentally retarded *banging his head on the concrete in frustration when he couldnt make people understand what he wanted*
If it wasnt for my grandad insisting that his son was not retarded and that there was a hearing problem I am sure things would have been overlooked
~Grandad died October 2001 and I miss him so much~
Having had much contact with Deaf relations and being unable to communicate and feeling "very embarassed at times" I decided that it was time that someone in my family made the effort to learn sign language
Mom and her siblings had their own way of communicating with their Deaf brother that mainly consisted of lip reading and very strange forms of sign but had managed to get them through the last 40 odd years.
So, In 1996 i enrolled on a "British Sign Language" course hereafter known as BSL*
The BSL courses are run by Deaf people and take in things like the language itself, environmental issues, and encourage the hearing community to interact with Deaf people.
BSL is in no way the same as the Englsih spoken word, and will be an enigma until you enroll on a course and give it a try yourselves.
I can guarantee that anyone that enrolls on a course and learns this form of communication will get fulfillment at having learned a languge that so many of us speak
~We should not have expectations of others regarding things that we are not prepared to carry out ourselves~