By Somali K Chakrabarti
The cat jumped out of the well
Read this sentence aloud and then read it again in your mind. What happens? A little voice plays in your mind. Now try reading this without that little voice in your head. Just give it a go. Could you do it? Of course not! Because that’s how you were taught words; by pronouncing them; by memorizing the sounds first and then spelling them using those sounds.
Now, how do you think a deaf person would read this?
Have you ever tried imagining the shape of sound? How would it be if you had to remember the letter ‘A’ not by its sound, but by the arrangement of the three straight lines? It’s like trying to speak a language without knowing how it is spoken. It is by no means ‘simple’. And it does not make it any easier for those with impaired hearing, when we lose our cool and give up on them, frustrated.
These people are not ‘slow-witted’, ‘unintelligent’, ‘slow learners’ nor do they deserve any of the tags we might impose on them; they just do things differently. Just because their ways aren’t what we’re used to, it doesn’t make them inept.
When treated appropriately, they might as well be capable of achieving more than what is expected of them. Did you know that Beethoven was almost completely deaf when he composed some of his greatest music?
But many such people are labelled a ‘social rejects’ and have to put up a day to day battle for a dignified existence, All they need is a little bit of our patience, and acknowledgement as an equal.
Sounds of silence
For the hearing impaired people, Sounds of silence; a technology based NGO wants to be a change leader and empower them in their battle against silence and let them express themselves.
Sounds of Silence is an initiative that wishes to fill the lives of million hearing-impaired kids across cities, borders, nations with the beauty of expression and art of communication. Their vision is deafness with dignity and equality, and a society where deaf people have equal opportunities to participate in all walks of life.
Dedicated to work for the development of the Deaf community, they envision a future where deafness is no more a ‘disability’.
They have launched a Campaign on bit-giving to gather funds for Hearing Impaired kids to promote social and cultural awareness among them and provide them with appropriate education and jobs.To create visibility and awareness for the campaign, those who make a donation are requested to post selfies with their hands on mouth and a screenshot of the donation.
If you genuinely feel like making a contribution, in whatever way you see fit, please don’t sit back waiting for the right time. There’s never a right time except, maybe, this time.
Please visit bitgi.co/sos , take a stand and craft a change.
This is a guest post by Yashika Gupta, edited by me.
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