There are barriers that our deafness prevents us from fulfilling certain aspects of life so I set dwellers a task to finish this sentence according to our own interpretations and dreams for in dreams are seeds planted of reality.
“I long to be….”
I long to be free as a bird.
I long to be confident.
I long to be loved for being me.
I long to have stress free conversations, access to services where everyone is aware of our needs.
I long to be a performer on the stage where I warm people’s hearts and put a smile on their faces for days weeks and even years later.
I long to be able to give my daughter the best possible future without having to constantly chase education and medical professionals.
I long to work for education authorities who understand that a deaf child is not going to “get better” next year, and yes, they will need continued support.
I long to be someone who can make a difference and inspire others too.
I long to be given more access to services without having to constantly struggle with basic things like shopping, ordering food in a restaurant, or travelling.
I long to work somewhere I feel I belong, where I don’t feel socially isolated, and where colleagues are deaf aware, or willing to learn deaf awareness.
I long for access but the crafty part of me would like to continue crafty conversations where not everyone understands!
I long to be understood.
I long for a world where web live chat is a common alternative to phone calls!
I long for the day when hearing people no longer frown at me and say ‘I telephoned “Joe Bloggs” [whose deaf] yesterday but they didn’t answer the phone??!’
I long to see the technology we REALLY need to communicate (as deaf people) SPEED UP …and coming up to speed!
I long to see society take responsibility for excluding us in developments, new services, buildings etc.
I long for people to understand that Hearing Aids are great, but do not “solve” my “problem”.
I long to know if I’m meant to feel complimented or insulted when people say to me ”you’re deaf, really? Wow don’t you do well’
I long for hearing people to simply accept us as one of them.
I long to see an approved national independent governing body for all deaf issues.
I long to see people no longer dictating and undermining others.
I long to be a classroom teacher still, a job I have done for 30 years.
I long to be understood by the hearing community (of which I am part) and not have them say when I say I work with deaf people stupid things like ‘oh, you must know Braille’.
I long to read people’s minds… so I don’t have to make attempts at listening to them.
I long to be awarded a life-long exemption certificate from the hassles of having to prove I have not miraculously become hearing due to the inefficiency of the government and their services.
I long to be able to sing along with everyone else as I can hear the words of a song or even just be able to know what the song is and who the artist is.
I long for people to stop hanging up on type talk calls!!
I long to be taken seriously by all. Too often are my views brushed aside or disregarded simply because I won’t always be as confident in voicing my views as a deaf person in a mass of hearing people, and also some disregard because I am still young.
I long for labels to be dropped – at the end of the day we are all human, we all live on one planet and we all have the right to be ourselves – throw the labels away.
I long to able to occasionally be able to take back everything I’ve said, when I’ve answered a question only to find out I misheard and nothing I said makes sense in the conversation.
I long to be able to go about living my life the way I want to without having to adapt to what society insists we do!
I long to be always a Spring Chicken.
I long to open up narrow minded people to the wonderful and diverse world we are a part of as it is they who create barriers and divisions!
I long to see access rights for all the various communication needs and abilities.
I long to be accepted for the intelligent person I am.
I long to be considered as an equal and included as an equal based on justice.
I long to be listened to…..
~ SJ (Sara Jae)