Overlooked

  • Teresa Crowe Mason Gallaudet University

Abstract

This narrative portrays aspects of the deaf community through a lens that is both personal and social work oriented. The author frequently finds herself straddling uncomfortable roles between the deaf and hearing worlds because of communication difficulties between deaf clients and hearing service providers. She is often faced with the awkwardness of hearing intimate information about clients before they do. At times she is unsure how to interpret insensitive or derogatory comments spoken by hearing people, and other times she is unsure about whether or not to act on behalf of a deaf person in the face of overt discrimination. This narrative describes several incidents that involved the author personally or as a social worker, and a deaf person. Historical and social knowledge is drawn upon as a way to reflect on and understand these experiences.

*Names have been changed to protect privacy.

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