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….”
“For in dreams are seeds planted of reality.”
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)