Good luck to everyone!
We aim to ensure every DHH person has the support they need to achieve their goal of becoming an RDH
Good luck to everyone!
This show has been interesting to say in the least. I first heard of the show coming out a month prior. It was circulating on social media and the trailer looked so good. It seemed to showcase deaf struggles in the real world.
Reason #1 – It’s a bunch of college kids attending Gallaudet University in Washington DC. For some of us that went to college sure do know all about the college lifestyle. There seem to be a lot of drama within the characters. The group they casted somehow seem to be two-faced. Also, sleeping around with talks of getting another person pregnant on purpose? I get it. BUT it’s not something I’d want my daughter to watch and learn about my world.
Reason #2 – It’s not a very good representation of us who are deaf or hard of hearing in the real world. “Do you all act like that?” NO. The reality is there are major differences on the deaf spectrums. The hearing may like it because it’s giving them interesting “perspectives”. I wished the show showed more struggles in real life. For example, what the classrooms are like, what’s studying like, what is it like to work, be around other hearing people, etc.
Reason #3 – The episodes are very short. Not sure why but I wished they elaborate more on their lives rather than being drama and sex focused. It is a documentary and showcased real stories. There were interesting perspectives in different episodes. There were very brief stories of molestations, abortion, LGTBQ, family, relationships, etc, OUTSIDE of their college life.
On the plus side, the end of the last episode gave me all the feels. I can relate to one character named Cheyenna. She’s deaf and uses sign but also words it out with her lips. Some of her friends didn’t like that. She chooses not to use oral speech. It’s just a choice of hers but it’s not good enough for her peers. The deaf culture is separated into different groups. It can be very hateful and discriminating. It’s part of why I didn’t want to attend Gallaudet. I use oral speech and am always questioned by the deaf community about why I don’t express with my hands. How I shouldn’t use my mouth to communicate. How I shouldn’t be wearing hearing aids and be cut off from the hearing world. No matter what I do, it’s not good enough. It’s a very constant state of feeling inferior. Using oral speech is a CHOICE I chose to use. I’ve learned ASL different stages of my life and even teach my 9 month old daughter to use it.
No matter what your choices are, be a better self advocate. Educating others is a constant work in progress. Keep going. Be you. And always be kind to others.
I submitted a video as an application for a grant to pay off my student loans from Wear Figs. Best of luck to everyone who applied!
For the last two years, I would share wisdom I’ve learned on my birthday. ( Link to past wisdom 33 & 32 )
2020 has been a roller coaster. I simply have no words for it. It’s taught me more patience and grace than the last two years.
This year, we welcomed a beautiful baby girl, lived nearly the first two months of 2020 in the hospital, and a pandemic happened as soon as we came home.
I’m continuously and constantly grateful for the little blessings. I’m sharing some old and new wisdom this year.
Happy Deaf Awareness Week! Below are articles I’ve published recently!!
So….I did a thing.
I am on a mission to lift the barriers for those who are deaf or hard of hearing to pursue a career in the dental field. This nonprofit, That Deaf RDH, will help raise awareness, improve access, and provide financial assistance to this population. Help me kick it off with a donation of any amount. Donations can be made at the button below.
Thanks for your help and support!
Article #2 is up 🙂
I am working on a small project and would LOVE your help!
If you know someone who is DoHH and works in the dental field, please ask them to complete this survey! I promise it’s quick and painless.
If you are a DoHH dentist, dental hygienist, or assistant, please help me out! I would love to get as many input as possible.
Please share as well. Thank you so much for your help!
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!