Anonymous said: Do you know how to read lips? If yes, would you mind helping me find out what someone is saying in a video? Thank you in advance, whatever your answer is :)

Yes I can read lips, I do it all day everyday but its not easy when its a new person as everyone lip patterns are different. I am curious about this video, so I will give it a try.

When someone has an accent and you can’t understand them

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This is me!! with ‘oh fuck’ running through my head!

Oh wow!!

I swear our government are full of idiots! Lord Freud at a recent tory conference deemed it appropriate to declare that disabled people are not ‘worth’ minimum and proposes a pay of £2 an hour instead of £6.50!

Disabled or not! we are all human beings! and should never be regarded as worthless!

Politics really rile me up sometimes!!

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/15/welfare-reform-minister-disabled-not-worth-minimum-wage

Anonymous said: I'm hearing, and it surprises me that hearing people would say they know what it's like being deaf… like the "logic" there just doesn't track at all. I feel like it's akin to saying "I've been on a long car ride so I know what it's like for wheelchair bound people". Like it just doesn't track…

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Can never really fully understand

One thing bugs me, and it’s been bugging me for a long time, and that is hearing people who thinks they fully understand what is deafness, how it affects us. They may know all the facts and figures but they can never truly understand what it means to be deaf. I have met BSL students, interpreters, and communications support workers who’ve seems to think it is appropriate to tell me that they know what it is like to be deaf after a blocked/infected ear or any other reason that temporary affects their hearing. Yes! It can give you an insight as how difficult or tiring it is to follow conversations or listen on the phone.

But they will not understand the emotional impact it can have on us such as the impact of growing up deaf, the being the different one in school, the bullying, the exclusion from hearing peers (including hearing family), growing up with deaf peers, being fully integrated in the Deaf community/culture, or being deaf and not including in the hearing culture, the different upbringing, or modes of communication such as BSL, oral, lip reading etc… This list can go on and on! All these factors add into our own individual formation of our deaf identities, whether it’s negative or positive! We all have our own personal unique journey to our deafhood!

Am I the only deaf person who roll their eyes and zone out when someone tells me they understand what being deaf is like? Do I have a chip on the shoulder about this because I’ve had negative experiences with being deaf in the past…..

But they bottom line is, a hearing person can never truly understand what being deaf is!

Wow! Just had the pleasure of meeting a ‘fan’ of my blog, randomly in a shop in town:)

Travelling to see family and for a wedding! Feeling extremely happy at the moment, and why? I have found out that I shall be graduating with 2:1 despite all the ear troubles I had (2x ear operations and severe tinnitus) and I learned that my student union are taking on board what I have campaigning about in my final year at uni about accessibility for deaf student ( they are using subtitles) YEY!!! 
I’ve a got a new job lined up where I can make use of my new degree and I’ve starting up my driving lessons :-) 
So yeah! I’m happy all round!!

Travelling to see family and for a wedding! Feeling extremely happy at the moment, and why? I have found out that I shall be graduating with 2:1 despite all the ear troubles I had (2x ear operations and severe tinnitus) and I learned that my student union are taking on board what I have campaigning about in my final year at uni about accessibility for deaf student ( they are using subtitles) YEY!!!
I’ve a got a new job lined up where I can make use of my new degree and I’ve starting up my driving lessons :-)
So yeah! I’m happy all round!!

Anonymous said: Hi Sasha! But the friend whom you nominate to update you during group conversation, does she not mind repeating everything to you as group conversations are really lengthy? Also, during the conversation, do you keep quiet until the conversation is over before asking your friend to update you the whole thing from the beginning or a quick summary?

My friend depart repeat from word to word, but I just ask if I’m unsure about something :-)

Anonymous said: i cannot ask them to keep typing for me when speaking is much faster when obviously i can talk. Group revision, lunch , hangout, i cannot do any of this even with close frens. I cannot even talk on messenger as the topics they talk are really alien. I cannot connect! I really feel life has no meaning for me. I really feel like giving up..End. -Deaf Anom

Firstly don’t give up, I feel like I need to give you some tough love!! It’s seems like you don’t know what you need in order to ask for the support. Your friends are your friend because they care about you, therefore should be there for you. Speak up or suffer in silence. Been there done that and it was SHIT!

Anonymous said: Thus, I choose not to nominate anybody or not to get too close with anybody as I can sense they are afraid they will be forced to help me. It is really lonely but it is better for all of us. But, I am struggling everyday. Why? Why is it despite both of us being deaf, yet you have people willing to help you? How did they help you? How do u cope in ur studies, friendship, relationship? They always prefer to use speech to communicate as it have been part of their life. -deaf anom

It’s not like I point to someone and say I nominate you, if someone is sat next to me and lean over to say something like “are they talking about this…..” let’s face it, whether someone is deaf or hearing in a group conservation, people talk over each other and things get missed. So it’s always good to ask for clarification