“Dear Hearing People”

By Sarah Snow

Over the past 18 months, I have learned a lot about the Deaf community, its people and their culture. One thing in particular I’ve learned is that there are many misconceptions that hearing people have about those who are deaf. This is mainly due to the fact that the majority of hearing people never have the chance — like I did — to actually interact and engage with the Deaf community. Many hearing people may never even meet anyone who is deaf.

I have thought long and hard about how I could try to help change some of these misperceptions, as I don’t want deaf people to be seen as less than able. In spending time with them, I’ve come to view them as equals. Even though they may sometimes have a harder time doing all the things that you and I might, it’s not because they’re not able to do so. Instead, it’s because society around them doesn’t fully understand them and their unique needs.

To convey this message, I asked Glide’s deaf users to share with me some of the most common misunderstandings that hearing people have about those who are deaf. I hope this video, entitled “Dear Hearing People,” opens up many eyes and starts to break down some of the stigma around what it means to be deaf.

Please share this video and its important message with as many people as you can. I look forward to your thoughts and feedback.

Oh, and when you do encounter someone that is deaf, just say “hello” and try to get to know them. I’m sure you’ll be just as touched by your interaction with them as I’ve been…