by Dennis Jones
The Drolzman has presented us with yet another thought-provoking post.
Whoever came up with that phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me" was a bloomin' idiot. Words DO have power.
I'm willing to bet Drolz's life savings that whomever came up with that title probably learned everything they know about Deafness from pamphlets they found lying around the audiologist's office.
I do not believe this is part of the Hearing Conspiracy to Keep the Deaf Man Down that the militants like to crow about every chance they get. It IS an indicator of just how much work remains to be done towards the goal of making the world at large see that Deafness is a state of BEING, not a pathological condition that can be explained in a single paragraph in some medical textbook.
What bothers me is the use of "National" in the title. If a person with no experience with Deafness were to see that, they would think that Deafness and Communication Disorders are linked. The opportunity to educate that person about the different facets of Deafness would be severely compromised, or even lost.
This isn't to take away from the good work the Center has done . . . I'm saying that they've already created an image in people's minds about what Deafness is NOT, rather than what it IS.
I would definitely support a name change.
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