My Very Recent Experience with a Hate Crime for being Deaf

Deaf Life for a Hearing Mind

Growing up mainstream and moving around like I did I had–like many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people– a lot of issues with hearing peers bullying, mocking, making fun of and abusing me for my Deafness. And like many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people I was denied the right to my own language and equal access in both the school and work force. And while those were all injustices and should not be continued to this day it is nothing like the feeling of a blatant hate crime being committed towards you for no other reason then you being unable to hear.

Yesterday afternoon I was walking through town with my manager of my one job doing our regular Wednesday outing of going to meet up with some friends of ours have just taking a break and having a talk. My manager took a moment to go into a…

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The staggering costs of the chair- and dark-impaired.


I was accompanying a friend to the doctor a couple weeks ago, and we were sitting in the waiting room, both of us using wheelchairs. We had the following conversation, or something very like it (I won’t get the details right, but this is the gist):

Her (to my staff): We need to find you a place to sit down. I forgot, you’re chair-impaired.

Staff: Actually I’m okay standing.

Her (gesturing around the waiting room): Just look at all this furniture devoted to your special needs. Hospitals must spend thousands of dollars buying chairs for the… uh… chair-challenged. They require assistive technology wherever they go.

Me: Yes, as a matter of fact, you and I can take our chairs with us, but those poor walking people all have to find places to sit. Must be such a drain on society…

Her: It’s quite a debilitating handicap. And very expensive. Well…

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People Are Scared of What’s Different & Other Revelations From The Accountant


The following will contain comprehensive spoilers of the new film The Accountant which opened today.

I am going to start with a brief synopsis of the film, followed by a review based solely on the plot. Then I will dig deeper into the portrayal of disability (specifically Autism but not exclusively). Bare with me the plot is convoluted.


The film is about Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) an Autistic mathematical savant who works as a forensic accountant for organized crime. Some of the promotional material for the film also describes him as either a hitman or assassin. This is less clear in the film though he is certainly very skilled at multiple forms of violence. He’s an unbeatable sniper, his hand to hand combat skills are unparalleled etc (you get the point).

When Wolff realizes that his less legal accounting activities have drawn law enforcement attention, he decides to let…

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Quiet Hands

Just Stimming...

TW: Ableism, abuse

Explaining my reaction to this:

means I need to explain my history with this:

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When I was a little girl, they held my hands down in tacky glue while I cried.


I’m a lot bigger than them now. Walking down a hall to a meeting, my hand flies out to feel the texture on the wall as I pass by.

“Quiet hands,” I whisper.

My hand falls to my side.


When I was six years old, people who were much bigger than me with loud echoing voices held my hands down in textures that hurt worse than my broken wrist while I cried and begged and pleaded and screamed.


In a classroom of language-impaired kids, the most common phrase is a metaphor.

“Quiet hands!”

A student pushes at a piece of paper, flaps their hands, stacks their fingers against their palm, pokes at…

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The death of Alfred Olango, disability, and “failure to comply”

Unspoken Politics

A black man, Alfred Olango, was killed by a police officer on Tuesday in El Cajon, CA. It’s the first major city to the east of San Diego, about 20-25 minutes by car from where I live.

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-3-23-02-am Site of shooting in downtown El Cajon, Sept 27 2016

Not much is known for sure, other than that the dead man was “acting erratic.” A woman identified as his sister said he had mental health issues. According to the NBC report, the police “did not release details on the specific threat he presented to officers.” There is also contention about whether the police confiscated cell phones of bystanders who may have had video of the incident. They likely did, given how often the police aim to suppress video that may run counter to police testimony. There’s also little reason to give police the benefit of the doubt. Look no further…

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Autistic Trans King

Content/trigger warning: inspiration porn, ableism

In Tallahassee, Florida, an Autistic middle school boy who usually sat alone at lunch was joined by a Florida State University football player so he wouldn’t be lonely.

An Autistic young man who’s a big fan of recently retired Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps writes to him on a Facebook page.  Phelps doesn’t respond, but hundreds of other people do.  He even gets 100 random friend requests from strangers on Facebook.

A little girl has cancer, and below the picture of her is the text, “Type ‘Amen’ to save her”, or something similar.

These are all examples of what is known as inspiration porn.  Australian disability activist Stella Young came up with the term in 2012.  Young, who passed away in 2014, used a wheelchair and couldn’t find a term to define how she felt people were describing her.  Inspiration porn is basically a “feel…

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What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

auditory processing disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also called Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a collection of brain-based impairments in the processing of auditory information despite normal hearing levels.

Due to hereditary factors, illnesses such as ear infections as a small child, or other factors (or a combination), someone with APD may lack the ability to rapidly discriminate and process sounds. For instance, tracking conversation in the presence of background noise can be much less successful for an APD’er than a normal person – an occurrence known as the “cocktail party effect”.

Only recently coming into popular awareness, the condition is recognized by audiologists although diagnosis can sometimes be confused with other (possibly co-existing) conditions such as attention deficit.

What Can be Done?

There is no known cure or remedy other than environmental support, such as facing a speaker and sitting close to a lecturer in order to catch more of what…

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