On disability

October 31, 2006

It’s gotta really suck to be deaf, and not just for the obvious reasons I won’t bother going into. Imagine you’re deaf and you attend a seminar or a lecture or something, and they know to expect the presence of a deaf person. There’ll be a sign-language interpreter there, specifically for your sake, listening to what the speaker is saying and relaying it to you in an intelligible manner. No matter how boring the lecture is, you have to keep paying attention to the interpreter, because he’ll know as soon as you zone out. You don’t have the privilege of drawing pictures of racecars while pretending to listen intently, the way the hearing people can.

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