The List - What Deaf People want you to Know


As part of our Voice issue we met with Tabatha McCurdie a profoundly deaf woman who shared with us just what it's like to live in a hearing world. Her interview is a great story about her childhood - her mum didn't realise she was deaf until Tabatha was one, how her world opened up to her when she learned Auslan, and the challenges she faces on a daily basis. 

Our conversation ended with this question:

What is the one thing you have always wanted to say to a hearing person?

She definitely had more than one thing to say, so here is the list of what deaf people want you to know with a little help from Tabatha's deaf friends...

We are not retarded

I tell people that I don’t bite because they get a bit awkward or freak out or freeze!

Watching movies/shows without captions or listening to people without interpreters is like a hearing person watching a Chinese movie or listening to Chinese people. You can hear and see what’s happening but you just don’t understand what’s being said.

Please look at me so I can lip read.

Try talking to me slowly do your best and I will reply easily.

Don’t be afraid and remember to be patient. 

No nasty comments please.

You don’t need to yell at me

We are not aliens

for the whole interview grab this month's issue