What This Presentation is About? Peer to Peer Conversation Sharing of ideas & ‘real world’ tips Personal Growth Empowerment!!!!!
So How Many of Us Are There? Stats 3/4 of the population has a hearing loss 2/5 know about it Causes? Loud noises Genetics Illness Ear wax build up Source 1: http://youth.hear-it.org/page.dsp?page=5114 http://youth.hear-it.org/page.dsp?page=5114 Source 2: http://youth.hear-it.org/page.dsp?page=5109 http://youth.hear-it.org/page.dsp?page=5109
So What is Communication? The CHHA-NL Youth Group believes that communication is... the ideas we are trying to share our way of sharing these ideas the responses we get as a result of sharing them
So What is Communication? A Visual Diagram…. How am I going to share it? Does this person understand what I am sharing? What do I want to share?
Scenario 1 You are hanging out with your friends. Everyone is excited and the noise level begins to rise. You find it increasingly hard to hear, and you are getting frustrated. Why is this happening?! You’ve told them many times that you are hard of hearing! How do you deal?
Option 1 Take the bluffing approach. What are the positive outcomes of choosing this option? Easy (until you get ‘caught’) What are the negative outcomes of choosing this option? Isolation Miscommunication
Option 2 Ask everyone to lower their voices, so that you can hear. What are the positive outcomes of choosing this option? Potential for long term change What are the negative outcomes of choosing this option? Requires a lot of energy Low chance of immediate success
Option 3 Get frustrated and tell everyone that you are going home. What are the positive outcomes of choosing this option? Easy What are the negative outcomes of choosing this option? Hard feelings between you and your friends. Losing out on a social opportunity, and on the opportunity to assert yourself.
Option 4 Find a notebook and pen. If there is something you cannot understand, you ask them to write it down. What are the positive outcomes? Ability to communicate immediately What are the negative outcomes? Impatience on the part of your friends (somewhat likely)
What TO do Ask for clarification if you do not understand Be able to open up and talk about your hearing loss (perhaps even take a humourous approach) Maintain a positive attitude Be able to adjust to the environment Personal listening systems Pen & paper
What NOT to Do Get frustrated and blame others Bluff – acting like you understand when you don’t Develop a negative “I can’t” mentality Choose to not open up and talk about your hearing loss Indulge in self-pity (“poor me; I can’t hear”)
REMEMBER……. Our attitudes influences how others react towards us. A positive attitude will yield positive results; a negative attitude will yield more negativity. We teach others how to treat us.
Self-Identification According to the CHHA-NL Youth Group, self- identification is… When we identify ourselves as either having a hearing loss, belonging to a particular group, or having any other specific disability. Taking charge of our disability and embracing the challenges and opportunities it involves.
What are the benefits of Self-Identification? Enables us to receive the proper accommodations for our needs. Enables appropriate recognition of our disability. Educates the general public about hearing loss, and thus strengthens the bridge between the hearing and the hard- of-hearing.
(Benefits of Self- Identification continued) Builds self-awareness and in turn self- confidence. Sets a positive example for other hard-of- hearing individuals who are considering self-identification.
Why Don’t the Hard-of- Hearing Self-Identify? Fear of how people will react Lack of knowledge about process of self- identification Lack of confidence Lack of knowledge about disability Fear of being different Negative Stereotypes “deaf and dumb”
Best & Worst Case Skit 1 Scene 1: You are at work, and a co-worker is giving you a task. He or she is in a rush, and talking to you while walking away. He or she does not know that you are hard-of-hearing. What are the best & worst case scenarios of self-identification that can happen?
Best & Worst Case Skit 2 Scene 2 You are going to your first class at university. Your professor does not know that he or she has a hard-of-hearing student in her class. You want him or her to wear your Personal FM system. What are the best & worst case scenarios of self-identification that can happen?
Best & Worst Case Skit 3 Scene 3 You need to find someone in your university class to take notes for you. You do not know anyone in your class. What are the best & worst case scenarios for self-identification that can happen?
Best & Worst Case Skit 4 Scene 4: You have a job interview. On your resume you did not self-identify. You know that you should inform the employer of your hearing loss so that you can have the proper accommodations. What are the best and worst case scenarios of self-identification that can happen?
How bad are the worst case scenarios? Not actually that bad Dealing with unsupportive people gives us an opportunity to teach them about the importance of accommodating persons with disabilities. (Human rights law, etc.) It is all about our attitudes We tend to over-dramatize the possible negative reactions
Song – “Power Me Up” -Song is an overview of the main points of the presentation. -Sung to the tune of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”
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