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The Deaf World Ends

May 29, 2007

What will you do when the nuclear missle hit this country? Or Mother Nature tears some piece of the earth, will it affect the Deaf World? Maybe the government starts to clean the deaf people off the face of earth like what Adolf Hitler did to a million innocent people. Most people in the world put their deaf pets to sleep even there is no law that protect the deaf animals. In Keyna, Africa and a few countries in the third world, they believe that Deaf people have the demon spirits because of the deafness cause so they threw the stones at deaf people. In China, it is against the law for the deaf to ride a bike. In Japan, deaf people are not allowed to drive. No animals, deaf or hearing, deserve this kind of horrible treatment. There are plenty unpredictable terrible things that happen to the world. Of course, it can happen to anyone, but it might cause the difficult situation worst for the deaf world. Make this picture, you live in a town with about 10,000 people, how many of them know sign language? Will the interpreters be able to come for the emergency? It might be impossible because they have to survive too. No way for us to use the sidekick or blackberry to contact your friends, family, or loved one because the satellite might be broken. How can we survive? They have American Red Cross but how many of them can be able to work with Deafies? Do we have Deaf volunteers? Not many! Where will we go if we see people running for their life, maybe they know where to go by following the instruction but will we get enough information or just follow them? We have to find for some details thru someone who can hear. Not in all case. If you believe that Deaf people can survive, then share your ideas! Is there a place where we can come and survive together?

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  1. Mariah Ransom
    May 29, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Then we should fight for it! A freedom is what we should have. We shall not be ingored, we must fight for our rights that we need.

    This law is wrong.

  2. Billythegoat
    May 29, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Mariah, how can we fight for freedom when it is out of control? You know how people are when they are in panic situation if something happens seriously.

  3. WildLady01
    May 29, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    oh damn! Good question.

  4. dsboyce8624
    May 29, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    I would say that you will most likely be on your own, just like everybody else. I find (having been in the miltary and worked around these types of situations) that thinking about this sort of calamity is pointless. There is no way to really be prepared. You just do your best when it happens.

    Dennis

  5. May 29, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    It’s an interesting and scary thought. However, before technology, before interpreters, deaf people in our world still survived. The more dependent we have become on technology to stay in touch and up to date on the news, the harder it is for us to imagine any other way of life. But those older than us did just fine. Yes, they had more challenges and hardships, but deaf people are human beings, very capable of adapting in life, even perhaps in crisis situations. I have faith in our deaf humanity. It doesn’t hurt, however, for deaf people today, young and old, to set up an emergency plan. Involving neighbors, family members, schools, and friends in some kind of emergency plan or communication system will help us all feel a little more secure.

    Great question though.

    ~ LaRonda

  6. Wolfers
    May 29, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Sorry but in brutal reality of aftermath of a nuclear war, it’d be everyone for themselves.. (in other words, not supporting each other until way later.) In many wars and disasters throughout centuries, parents would either protect their children, kill their children or sell them for food. People will fight each other for survival means (food, shelter and water.) NOTHING about cultures, NOTHING about politics, NOTHING about “all for one, one for all.” At least, I would think that deaf folks would have it better than blind and folks in wheelchairs, because after all, they can SEE, be aware of their environment and take care of themselves (unless someone sneaks up behind them.) Just my opinion. Thro a good thought. Best thing is to be prepared- at least have a week worth of food (nonperishable- in other words, NOT refridgatored food), two weeks of water, a water distrilling kit, waterproof matches, a compass and a weapon for EACH person. (Took Survival Preparing class as a teenager.)

  7. Richard Roehm
    May 30, 2007 at 1:04 am

    The deaf world ended the date you guys decided to boot Jane Fernandes out of Gallaudet. You see, that sent a strong message to the hearing society.

    Richard

  8. May 30, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Some cities are training deaf people in emergency response. My son, who is a senior at the local school for the deaf, and four of his classmates recently attended a ten week disaster preparedness course including some first aid training. Try your disaster preparedness team where you live if they offer CERT training for deaf residents also.

    Common sense and a need to look out for one’s friends and family will get us through most disasters. Preparedness kits as recommended by Red Cross and the website http://www.ready.govwill be a very good idea also. (this website has a link for disabled persons.)

  9. May 30, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    The American Red Cross is always looking for volunteers who are fluent in languages… and sign language is no different.

    Round up some friends, and go learn about volunteer opportunities in disaster.

  10. mac62*
    January 22, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Deaf people are just that deaf, not stupid. No one is going to stop and give directions if the world is falling apart. Like anyone else he/she can pretty much figure out what is going on by looking around. Honestly, your running for your life, you going to stop and tell someone why your running? Hmm didn’t think so, chances are the deaf people are running the same way everyone else is, if theyre hurt they can point to here it hurts or maybe where the blood is ozzing out. nough said.

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