What Role do Hearing Allies Have?
DeafRead.com recently announced that hearing people could submit their blogs for publication. This got me thinking (probably for the millionth time) that we need to have a dialogue about what role hearing people play in our lives. They clearly play a huge one because so many of us have hearing people for parents, and also because we have yet to achieve self-determination. Hearing politicians, audiologists, educators, researchers and many more have so much power over us - they control our fate and our lives. We are often squashed by these powers-that-be, and we have every right to resent them. We should be battling them. But what about the hearing allies? Those hearing people that became interested in us and genuinely want to know us as people, to further our cause, and to affirm that our existence is worthwhile? What role do they and should they play in our lives? At my school, a group made sure that the person in charge of the instructional division was a qualified Deaf person. Some people felt that that was too extreme and that it was invalidating to the hearing people who have worked with us. Others countered that we need to demand self-determination and to be in charge of our children and their destinies. Now for DeafRead.com... do hearing allies have the right to expect to have their blogs syndicated if they are Deaf-centered, supportive, and can contribute to the dialogue? Or do we have the right to expect that we control discourse? What about other situations? We need to have this dialogue. So what do you think, guys? What is their role in our lives, our schools, and our institutions? Have at it, members of the Teeming Millions. *smile*