Go up to BATT

It’s BATT — Blogging Against The Telethon day over at Kara’s Place, and like any other self-respecting bee, I’m swarming with the other bloggers. Go check it out!

(while I sit here and try to figure out why my toolbar is in Russian…)

6 Comments

  1. 24 October 2007 at 15:57

    People also seem to think that a given set of “symptoms” or behavior can only correspond to one possible “diagnosis.”

    For example: if a person writes or types instead of speaking then this MUST BE because they are deaf, which therefore MUST mean they want you to write back.

    Now, I happen to BE a deaf person, so that stereotypical thinking works out just fine for me. In fact, I know another deaf person with absolutely perfect speech (late deafened) who frequently writes instead of talking in part PRECISELY to help people remember that, yes, she really DOES need for them to write things down for her–or at least look at her when they speak so she can have some hope of lipreading them. If she dares use her perfect speech then people can’t seem to persistently remember that she is STILL DEAF.

    But I gather that hearing non-verbal people (for example, non-verbal autistic people like Amanda Baggs) have the annoying issue where people run around looking for pen and paper to write back to her even when they repeatedly try to explain that they can STILL HEAR–they just can’t talk.

    One hearing person I know with a speech impairment simply gives up trying to educate people and allows them to believe that she is a deaf person who can lipread amazingly well!

    Yah, people are weird!

  2. qw88nb88 said,

    6 September 2007 at 22:18

    Thank you Tysyacha! Please feel free to comment on posts, as I love the interchange of ideas that results.

    It’s one of those strange conundrums of of the social side of disability that people assume you’re only “allowed” one disability; for example, if “Aaron” is Deaf, everything unusual about him is ascribed to his deafness, regardless of the fact that he’s also autistic.

    Yet at the same time, people also tend to believe that disabilities are a “blanket” phenomenon, as though an amputee, “Beth”, loses her cognitive abilities and hearing along with part of her leg.

    People are weird!

  3. Tysyacha said,

    6 September 2007 at 13:45

    “Nova tema”. As far as I can tell, that’s what the messed-up Cyrillic said. “Nova” is the short form of “novaya”, which means “new”, and “tema” means perhaps “theme”, as in “post” or “blog”. At least those are my best guesses, since I’m trying to learn Russian. (”Trying” being the operative word.) I’m glad your admin interface is back to displaying English, and in the meantime…

    I adore your blog! It’s the most thought-provoking one I’ve ever read by someone else who has a “disability” according to the rest of the world. I have cerebral palsy, and for some odd reason, because of the way I walk, a lot of people assume there is something automatically wrong with the way I think.

    Keep up the wonderful work, and I hope to exchange posts with you soon!

    –Tysyacha

  4. qw88nb88 said,

    5 September 2007 at 2:33

    Well, it’s finally fixed, much to my relief. It was delaying me from being able to attend to things on my blog!

  5. codeman38 said,

    3 September 2007 at 21:23

    And it looks like this is an issue that other people have been having too. It may or may not have been fixed, if the comments on that thread are anything to go by…

  6. codeman38 said,

    3 September 2007 at 21:21

    You might want to ask over at http://wordpress.com/contact-support/ why your admin interface is in Russian.


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