My Deaf Day Experience
Gena Pullia- Period 2
With my ears plugged, my eyes were suddenly opened to see the difficulty of daily life for deaf/ hard of hearing people. On April 10th, 2014, I became hard of hearing for an entire day, and I truly believe it provided me with an accurate insight into the deaf culture. Although my experience was a single day, I saw my friends, family, and teachers change right it front of my face as if I changed into a “deaf, dumb, and blind” idiot. I will always remember this experience for the rest of my life. I started my day waking up as usual and placed my earplugs in right away. I thought that was hard because I was so used to talking to my boyfriend on the phone right away, and that day I couldn’t speak one word. I thought it was also hard to communicate with my family since they didn’t know an ounce of sign language. After getting ready, I finally walked to the bus stop where Areeg could sign with me. I felt really comfortable signing with her & she made me feel like I wasn’t facing the day alone. We both walked on the bus and the comfort inside fled fast. “Is everybody looking?!” “Can everybody see my earplugs?!” If I weren’t signing to Areeg, I was looking out the window since I couldn’t listen to music. As soon as we walked into school, we both looked at each other with nervous, yet eager, eyes. Could we do it? My first period class was physics, and the second I walked in, people started to question and stare at my earplugs. My closest friends, especially Nick and Christian, were snickering and laughing due to my lack of communication skills, (not the best start to my day…) but my good friend Gabby was really patient with me and helped me a lot. Of course, the one topic we had to start was sound. Mr. R, my teacher, wasn’t that cooperative with my hearing; in fact, I felt like he stood the farthest away from me so I couldn’t hear a thing! Not the best way to start my day if you ask me!
Second period was sign language,...
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