This is my first venture into the blogging world so bear with me. I must say, it is scary to jump in with both feet and pinched nose. I always fiddled with the idea of starting my own blog and here it is!
It seems fitting that my first post should be about why i wanted to blog about my life as well as to introduce myself.
I should point out that I do not fit in any of the preconcieved D/d labels. ASL was my first language, but I was raised oral from the age of 6. I got a cochlear implant and still maintain my involvement in the Deaf community. I never went to Gallaudet, but I support its students and their crusade for cultural autonomy. I must admit, this is a lonely space in the D/deaf world. There are entirely too few people in the d/Deaf communties that participate almost equally in both sides.
Culture wars aside, I am sure y’all are wondering – how does she participate in school? As a deaf person, my life seems to be defined by my services. The answer is simple, I use either ASL interpreters or CART (real-time captioning), which is similar to stenography. Unfortunately I have to pick and choose which one to use for each class (a juicy topic for a different time!). This semester, I am taking 3 classes with ASL interpreters and 2 classes with CART.
To sum it up, I just wanted to say that in the last few months, I have encountered an unexpected amount of disbelief.
People (mostly fellow law students and even other Deaf persons) just cannot believe that I am in a law school, and an ‘elite’ one at that. This blog is to inform and enlighten these people. After all, we, as humans, have incredible capacity to adapt. Also, this blog is for D/deaf people who are thinking about going into law.