6 responses

  1. Ben Ostrowsky
    October 22, 2012

    I’m not so sure about there being no Deaf neighborhoods. Safety Harbor (FL) strikes me as such, though as a non-Deaf non-resident, I am not qualified to say so definitively.

  2. Tina V
    October 23, 2012

    Great post! Being HOH, I try to explain all this stuff to my colleagues every time I start in a new branch or on a new committee.

  3. Hava
    October 24, 2012

    Interesting article!

    I started using the Word trick a while back, when we had a deaf patron who was trying to communicate with me, and I got sick of writing my thoughts on a piece of paper. I am a MUCH faster typist, so I thought, “What the heck,” turned the screen around so we could both see it, opened Word, and typed away. I’ve been doing it ever since, but I’ve never seen it as a suggestion in an article. It was kinda fun to see it on this list – now I know it’s not an idea completely out of left field. ;-)

  4. Holly
    October 24, 2012

    Good point, Ben! Now that I think about it, Martha’s Vineyard could count as a Deaf neighborhood, but had no idea about Safety Harbor. There are certainly some cities where there are more deaf people, but I would argue that in most places, deaf/HOH people are mixed in with the general population.

    And Hava–nope, it’s not an idea out of left field at all ;)

  5. Cathi Finnen
    October 25, 2012

    Have lived on and visited Martha’s Vineyard for over 30 years and have no idea about what you mean, Holly, that it could be considered as a Deaf neighborhood. Could you elaborate? As I hope to work in a library there some day.

  6. Mandie
    November 14, 2012

    Cathi — check out the book “Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language” by Nora Groce for a history of the deaf community at Martha’s Vineyard, very interesting book :)

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