Deaf and proud, but how can someone be proud of something that is perceived as a ‘disability’ by a large majority (Not all :P) of the hearing society. What is there to be proud of exactly?
I personally think being Deaf and proud has a different meaning to each individual, after all we each have different experiences of being deaf. Some primarily uses BSL, some lip read, some are oral, or use SSE. Some of us grew up in the hearing world, attending mainstream school. While others grew up in the Deaf world and attended Deaf some schools, or had best of both worlds. We each have different negative and positive experiences, and all this adds up to our own unique feeling of being Deaf and proud.
In a sense I cannot give a definite answer …
For me, being Deaf and proud mean that I am proud of what I’ve accomplished despite the odds stack against me. I’m proud to be graduating from university after the nightmarish year I’ve had due to problems with my ears. I’m proud to know sign language. The list goes on and on, but….Ultimately, I am proud to have learned to love my ears after hating them for so many years. We cannot afford to hate something about us, as it will eat away at us.
So yeah! I’m Deaf and proud!