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#DidYouKnow #Deaf #DeafAwareness #education #SignLanguage #advocacy #NMSCares

This is actually sadly relevant. I had a lecture this summer about sign languages and Deaf culture and when I was finished, one hearing girl from the audience stayed behind to ask me some more question.

She asked me: “And your parents use sign language, right?” Like it was the most obvious thing in the world and why is she even asking this, of course my parents must know sign language.

"No… They don’t, actually."

"And how do you communicate, then?"


"But… isn’t that complicated for you?"

"It is, sometimes."

"They probably didn’t have time for it…" she said. And I haven’t the heart to tell her that my father was offered sign language courses several times, that I offered to teach them some signs and that they always refused.

But I did told her: “It is not that rare. Most of deaf people I know have hearing parents who don’t sign.”

It’s the sad truth. People are willing to pay for surgeries to “repair” their children, but they are not willing to learn something to communicate with them.

i’d like to add onto this with my own personal experience, too. i was born hearing, but as soon as i was diagnosed as HoH, my parents didn’t do anything to learn ASL. they were quick to put me in classes, but they wouldn’t when i suggested to them that they take the classes with me so that we could learn.

i’ve tried to teach my mom how to sign numerous times, but she always says that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” to which i tell her that she can learn, she just doesn’t want to. which is true. neither of my parents want to learn how to sign, but they want me to be able to hear perfectly so they don’t have to repeat themselves.

little do they know that their frustration with me not being able to hear them would be solved if they would just learn how to sign. maybe signing something to me once instead of repeating themselves four times and then getting mad would be more beneficial.

I’m absolutely shocked at this, it’s never crossed my mind that many parents wouldn’t even try to meet their hard of hearing kids halfway.

A day care that I was at for a short time for Uni used to teach kids from about 12 months sign language as a sort of second language (kids sometimes don’t feel like talking or need a way of communicating with other children who are hearing impaired) and I don’t think i once saw parents use it. It wasn’t even hard words or actions it was things like ‘drink’, ‘toilet’, ‘finished’

My aunt is deaf and not only did my grandmother refuse to learn to sign, she insists that Aunt Jan isn’t actually deaf. She’d rather holler at her three times than learn to sign.

My parents didn’t teach me sign because I was capable of oral communication. (Though looking back at all the issues I had with speech therapy, I think it would have been a bit easier on my self esteem if I’d learned to sign.) When I tried getting into sign as a teenager, they shut that down right quick, because “but you speak!” I feel like a part of my identity as a deaf person is completely gone from me because of this refusal to let me learn a language it is INCREASINGLY LIKELY that I will need. (And my dad likes to pretend I’m not deaf, like the previous commenter’s grandma and Aunt Jan. why do parents do that.)

I can’t imagine having a kid who was deaf and not learning to sign. I mean, speech therapy seems like a great idea too and all but signing is too and not learning it with your kid? Hell, I am rubbish at languages but I’d at least try. And that real parents who actually have kids don’t is…. well, I want to say mind boggling but sadly it isn’t really.

Hell, come to think of it, if my sister has kids who need to learn to sign I’ll give it a go.

And what the hell, trying to pretend you aren’t deaf?!?! Just…. what?!


i like how cis people act like it would be the worst thing in the world not to assume people’s genders i mean we don’t assume people’s names what if you just met someone and you were like “hey emily” and they were like “thats not my name its megan” and you were like “oh well how was i supposed to know. you look like an emily to me. i guess i can try to call you megan but its gonna be hard because i just see you as such an emily”

I honestly have to keep myself from doing this.

And sometimes I ask people if I can call them something else and they end up with a new nickname.

(via lgbtlaughs)




High Five New York

See? Now this is a prank. Something silly and good intentioned and actually funny. Not groping poor, unsuspecting girls.

It took several gifs before I realized these people were signaling to taxis. I have never seen a person do that IRL so that’s why I didn’t get it (but I have seen it in TV-shows from USA). I live in the capital of Sweden but we call our cabs 29 times out of 30. You know, on the phone.

(via awkwardvagina)

Sometimes I want people from the USA to visit Sweden

Specially those that can change laws and prisons.

I want to show them the prison I see every weekend when I visit my friend. They have got no fence. I can see prisoners taking a walk and there’s really nothing between us. And most of the time there are no guards around. I mean, there are guards that work at the prison but the prisoners aren’t monitored every minute.

They have cows and bulls that the prisoners take care of, and these are just by the road were cars and buses passes. And still - no one escapes, no one takes a sharp thing and threatens. Because you aren’t a monster just because you have broke the law.

But we also have prisons where the prisoners aren’t allowed outside the fences.





My brother sent me a picture of a few young girls protesting outside of Party City in Harlem, today. They want Princess Tiana back.

Amazing! “Kids don’t see racial differences.” “Tiana is available online only” You go girls!!!

"Representation doesn’t matter."

"Kids don’t see race."

These girls just proved you all wrong.

precious angels!

(via disneyforprincesses)








I’m so down to own something like this.


Yes, please.


Never ever knew this technology existed back then.

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mechanics were a big thing, people who made clockworks could make pretty much anything.

Wow they don’t make furniture like this anymore. If they did, it would probably be electric. Please can we have stuff that doesn’t need electric power to work?

(via thewerewolvesareheretosaveus)

attention all vegetarians






a lot of people don’t know that mcdonalds fries contain beef in them and mcdonalds has been sued a long time ago for this but it’s still happening!!

the company says the “natural flavor” on the fries include beef flavoring

the official ingredients on the mcdonalds website for their french fries specifically says “natural beef flavoring”

even if you’re not a vegetarian or already know this, please reblog this and let people know 

i know this is a serious post and all but i can’t stop laughing at the fact the beef is italicized every time its said in this post


afaik this is at least not true for UK restaurants

this is not true in canada either

it is true in the usa though.

Not true in Sweden either. Important info for those countries where this is true though.





Malcolm X: Our History Was Destroyed By Slavery 

on March 17, 1963 in Chicago.

see how little we get taught about history - I never had any idea why Malcolm X used the ‘X’. 

How come I didn’t know this

Also that crusty old white man called the named ‘gifted’. Jesus.

I’m in England, raised in the British education system and I was taught why Malcolm X used X. I mean, granted it was probably in one lesson in part of a small section of whatever, probably something to do with civil rights because I know Jim Crow laws were mentioned also. But if they mention it in British schools how is it not taught in American schools where it seems like it should be an even more important thing?

I live in Sweden and I didn’t get to hear about Malcolm X until I reached university, and still I know about this person only vaguely.


the swedish democrats is the third biggest party in sweden at the moment, not okay


Racist party :(

(the counting of votes is going on right now)

New neighbour! Octavia I think the name was.

Nice room!