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Being A Deaf Student In A Mainstream School

Being A Deaf Student In A Mainstream School


[INTRO] Last week, I made a storytelling video talking about a thing that happened while I was in school, and in US History class. And then I said I would make
a more generalised video about being in public
school as a deaf student. So that’s what we’re gonna do today. Subscribers were asking
me on YouTube comments, on Twitter and Facebook, which by the way, links to everything will be down below. Just asking me if I
went to a public school, and if I did, what exactly – what was it like, yada yada yada. Yes, I did go to a public school, and it was a very interesting time. So we’ll backtrack a little bit. I had my first diagnosis,
yes that’s the word, when I was 12, and I did not notice it. I was a child, why would I
notice anything like that? But, uh – My abuser, who is deaf, and I was born from, long story. My abuser who was deaf,
that I was born from. Her friend, all of us were
together in her friend’s house, because I was spending time
with her daughter as well. She noticed that I just
wasn’t replying to things, and her name is Ute,
so we’ll call her Ute. So Ute was talking with person, and said something like “You
know, you’re deaf, obviously, “and I’m just wondering, have you ever “checked Rikki’s hearing? “Because I notice when we
try to, you know, call out her name, “she doesn’t answer.” So I got a hearing test, da da da, and I had already been in public school. I have always been in public school, from Kindergarten to seventh
grade when that happened, and even after that, even
after the audiologist said “Hey, your kid is very,
very deaf in the right ear, and a little bit in the left ear,” I still went to a public school. It was difficult. I would say it was much more
difficult as the years went by because that’s when my
hearing just got worse. And I would say that it got a lot worse, it was at its worst, sometime
in the middle of high school, I would say. This was both with social life
and like actual school life, like grades and work. With friends, making friends
was a little bit difficult. I did keep to a very small social circle, because they got me, and they weren’t really do anything to me. But when it came to making new friends, sometimes it was difficult just because it was like no, there’s no real
understanding there. It was hard to, when you know, we’re having lunch or whatever, it’s very hard to get involved
in a lot of the conversations because there’s so much happening at once. There were occasionally
times when if somebody was trying to get my attention, let’s say we’re at a school assembly or we’re walking down a hall, somebody going “Hey Rikki!” And I don’t pay attention, they’ll make fun of me, they’re like, not really like (laughs) but like crack a little bit of a joke and say “Gosh, what are
you, deaf or something?” And I’m like “Yeah.” In fact, I remember one
guy used to pull my hair when I wasn’t paying attention, so he would run up behind
me and like pull my hair, because I just wasn’t turning around. Now I wish I could’ve probably kicked him in the shins for that, but… He was a little weird anyway, nobody was very comfortable
around him, but anyway. So sometimes that was difficult, and I remember if somebody
was trying to talk to me, and I would always be like “What?” And then they would kind of
crack jokes about that as well. A few of those kids were
the bullies in school, so. But the social life wasn’t
really so difficult. It didn’t really make me feel embarrassed about anything so much. The real difficult part
was the actual work part. I wasn’t put into any special
ed classes or anything. I was still with regular
teachers, regular classes. There was no deaf programme in my school, as far as I could tell. If there was one, nobody told me about it and it was very, very secret. People keep their secrets well. I didn’t really get
any special assistance. There just wasn’t any provided for me. Nobody ever talked to
me about these things. My counsellors never mentioned it, so when I would tell my teachers hey, we’ve got a problem, most of the time I was just
sat in the front of the class, and we’d kind of hope for the best. Sometimes they would
re-explain things to me, you know, help me out
after everybody else is kinda like settled and doing their work. The most difficult subjects were English. I think English was honestly the most difficult subject for me. Because there was a lot of
reading things out loud, reading from books, so
it was very difficult, say if I’m like in the
middle of the class. Sometimes I was in the
middle of the class, and people in front would be talking, and either side of me,
left and right, behind me, and I was like okay, I could
not hear what this person said, and I was constantly losing my place. And if you’re constantly
losing your place, the teachers kinda get
annoyed, because it’s like “You’re supposed to be
paying attention!” Yeah, sometimes that kinda
happened, I think, maybe. But I had one teacher,
Miss Tilton, I think? And I told her, I remember this
was the senior year I think, I said “Look, I’m not really
following along here, “and I don’t want to slow anything down.” So the solution was to
go out in the hallway and read from a chapter which, okay, that worked out pretty well. Then eventually, she didn’t
really like me being away from the class, so then
I had to get involved back into the class. So it was kind of a back and forth thing. I was a very good student. My grammar was great, I could be involved in
learning about grammar fixing, grammar, fixing grammatic
errors on the board, and what have you. My grammar, I know, probably isn’t perfect when I’m talking or writing, but I was very good at
fixing things, anyways. I do remember during discussions when we would be reading books, and I would go up to her and I’d be like, so what was this, I didn’t get this? And there would be like, it’s
just kinda like flew away, like “Weren’t you paying attention?” I’m like, “Kinda can’t!” Then she was like “Oh.” So we can talk about more of
the negative things about it, so just a video on either side
that it’ll actually be on. Will take you to the story time video, where I was talking more in
depth about what happened in US History class, but
another thing that happened was in technical math. Honestly this could have gone for even all the hearing students
in the classes with me, but this particular teacher
he just wasn’t that great at teaching. My teacher would have the
overhead in the front, but then he would be
teaching from the back, so I was constantly looking at this, but then looking at him, because it’s like I need the visual, because I don’t understand
what you’re saying, but I don’t understand what’s
happening with the visual, because there’s like
words and explanation, so I have to go look at him. And it was like back and forth constantly for an hour and a half, every single day. It was really, really difficult. After that would happen,
I would look in the book and try figure it out. I would ask people around
me to try to figure it out, and when that didn’t work, I would go to the teacher himself, and go “Hey, could you
help me out with this?” You know, not getting it,
it was very difficult. Sometimes he would help, you know, fine, but then sometimes it was like “Well, why weren’t you paying attention? “Go look in the book, “Why weren’t you paying
attention to this?” And I’m like I’m trying, man! I try, I promise you,
I really really tried. I’m not like that guy in the
corner that’s just doodling. I’m seriously, I’m trying. So that was, you know, kind of a little bit complicated. Assemblies, those were a pain. I cannot understand
anybody that is talking into a microphone, like from far away, it’s just too muffly. Videos that we watched that weren’t captioned, like in the story time video, that was a pain. Group projects were also difficult, because it was just you know, kids, they’re kinda like “Well, this person doesn’t
really understand what’s going on “so we’re just gonna
kinda keep to ourselves.” And then I was trying to,
you know, get involved and then it just wasn’t
working, communication barriers were being a pain in the butt. So I was that person
that liked to work alone, just because I found it easier, and I didn’t have to rely on other people, because it just wasn’t working out. Sometimes, it was difficult working alone, but it was also very difficult
working with other people. So my grades weren’t really the best. Ironically, I think that’s
the way to use this word, my Mandarin online class was probably one of the best classes that I was in, and the one that I excelled at the most. Which is strange, because
Mandarin is a tonal language, which requires me to really
pay attention to listening because if you hear a tone wrong, you’re gonna get the word wrong. Mandarin requires a lot of
hard work and dedication to listen and to make sure
that you say it correctly. But I was one of the best
students in that class. My Mandarin teacher told me that I was one of the best students, and I made something between
a 94 to a 96 in that class. So yeah, the deaf kid
made an A in Mandarin, a tonal language, which required a hell of a lot of listening, and that has always been my proud moment. Then I kept with that for four years, and I’ve forgotten a lot of it. So I know somebody’s gonna ask do you wish you would have
gone to a deaf school? Um, honestly, yeah, I would’ve liked to experience it, because I’m 24 years old, and I’m just now finding who I am, and I just wish this was something that would have happened sooner, because there was a deaf school around, it wasn’t that far. But it wasn’t considered
an option for me, I guess. When I think about it, I just wish that it
would’ve been considered an option for me, and I wish
somebody would have thought, “And you know what? “Maybe this would be better for her “because she’s deaf, and
this is a deaf school, “and they specialize, they
know how to teach deaf kids.” Because that’s the issue
with mainstream schools, they don’t really know how
to teach kids who are deaf or hard of hearing, that may not excel at oralism like other deaf and hard of hearing people might. I mean yeah, I can talk,
I’ve been doing it forever, but my listening skills just aren’t there. It’s not even like, science –
it’s the way it is. So I think if I had been in an area with a language that I know would have worked better for me, I think it would have been easier. My grades would have been a lot better and yeah, but it is what it is. I graduated out of high school just fine, with a GPA I’m not entirely proud of, but that was seven years ago, so oh well. I’m still a pretty good smart cookie. If you want to check me
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Reader Comments

  1. That seems nuts that there wasn't any additional support. I hope they've figured it out now, it seems incredibly backwards.

  2. Interesting enough I was diagnosed hearing loss at the same age as you ( although I'm older than you a bit lol) . However, I was misdiagnosed as autistic for years before. I had almost the same mainstreamed experience as you did except I had hearing aids , FM systems, and some speech classes. I did had some great grades and made the honor roll. It's nice to hear about your mainstream experience.

  3. I wonder if your abuser declined support for you? Just as a special education teacher it's sooo messed up to me that you weren't receiving support services, that being said if your "parent" declined services they probably didn't talk to you about it because of that…I "hope" that's the case anyway. And not just that the school wasn't providing services. Just a thought. You're strong for making it through the public school system! Anyway, I think you're an incredible role model and I admire your work!

  4. Great video again ! As a HOH (almost completely deaf in both ears but with hearing aids) I can relate to almost everything you talked about (especially that story about the teacher explaining from the back of the class, so annoying having to turn my head all the time, and weird too because I was the only one looking at the teacher !)
    I was lucky enough to have a FM device that helped me to understand my teachers but group projects were almost impossible for me and note taking still a nightmare (thankfully my classmates were willing to help me anytime I needed help !).

    I did pretty well in school, I think partly because I tried my best to stay focused in class to understand whatever the teacher was saying :p. And I was better at subjects like math or physics where most of the time the teacher would write on the board so hearing everything wasn't really "necessary".

    So yeah I said I relate a lot to you but we clearly had vastly different experiences at school (not having hearing aids makes it pretty different I know), so it's nice to hear about that from your point of view !

  5. I just graduated from a high school that had a fantastic deaf program (same goes for elementary (which is mostly oralism but still provided interpreter or c-prints for the kids) and middle school). There's still a barrier from time to time in overall years of school (even with Cochlear Implants), mostly English and teacher that gives video that isn't captioned (some of them dismiss deaf kids due to the school policy but there's always some of them, like my English's Midterm and finals in my senior year, which I'm pretty disappointed because the teacher couldn't really leave those questions from video/movie that wasn't captioned for the deaf because it's part of the school's curriculum and if he/she doesn't do that for a student, they'll screw her pay over to be lower, which is dumb choice. However, there is a lot of deaf kids in the community so there was a quite a few (2-8 ish) student in each grade level and majority of them take regular courses. Also the school I went to over time, had their own interpreters for each deaf group/kids, so yeah, it's rather interesting to see your case. Sorry for a quite a message. 😀

  6. That's nuts that you had 0 support! At my school anyone who has a learning disability (dyslexia, deafness etc) has a teacher's aide at nearly every class to help write notes out and what not.

  7. I want to thank you for sharing your experiences and stories. I am hard of hearing and I went through mainstream public school. My hearing was never addressed until the last semester of senior year in high school. So I was pretty much done with public school by then.

    I have moderately severe hearing loss so I sort of flew under the radar. I could bluff it a lot and fill in the gaps. Most people assumed was a poor student who never paid attention. The other kids would point and laugh whenever I made a faux pas cause I couldn't hear right. My hearing got worse during high school to the point where trying to bluff it didn't work anymore. After getting hearing aids my grades started to show a gradual improvement throughout university.

    It took me a long time to start opening up to this part of who I am. I don't know anyone else in real life who is deaf or hard of hearing. For my whole life I'd kept it all to myself and bottled up the feelings of shame and inadequacy. So discovering stories and experiences online from other deaf and hard of hearing people has been amazing.

    I wish social media was as prevalent when I was growing up. I wish we had the ways that we do now to find and share stories with people that go through similar circumstances. Thank you for doing what you do!

  8. I am currently in school working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education, meaning that I will be able to teach children from birth to eight years old. I will also have a special education licence. In my courses we have not (yet) talked about services or best practices for students with hearing loss or who are deaf. I was wondering if you had any recommendations or resources that I could share with my fellow future teachers? Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  9. i understand where your coming from being deaf in my left ear 25% without my aid in right 50% with aid i was in Mainstream School most of my life it was hard since bullies found someone with my hearing problems funny and picked on me for it now i was in school for the deaf for 1 year or two and i hated it went back to Mainstream School and finished it. graduated in high school in 2005

  10. I'm deaf in my right ear and have hearing loss in the left. My high school supports deaf student and I have an fm system which is basically a microphone that the teacher uses so I can hear her voice in my hearing aid and turn up or down her voice. no one else can hear it except for me.

  11. At my school we had a unit for deaf kids, so like 20 deaf kids and 9 support teachers I did like this but I did get annoyed when they didn't like back off and give me my personal space.

  12. I'm so glad you are telling these stories, I'm sure they might be hard to look back on, and I am grateful to you for sharing them, it's important for people to know that ableism exists and how it's weaved into out bullying, our lack of access, and our visibility. ❤

  13. I just learned about your videos and am really enjoying them. Your story parallels mine so much (except I'm thirty years older than you!). Currently, I am a non-trad student finishing my Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. Thankfully, the university I attend has a strong support system for disabled students. Captionists attend my classes with me and provide me with a tablet so I can read what is being said. There are T-loop systems in all the classrooms too!

    Also, I just want to say "Thanks" for advocating for better captioning on You Tube. It has always been a family joke that if you want a good laugh, just watch a video on You Tube with the captioning turned on. :/

  14. I was exactly in your shoes! I haven't taken a foreign class though. My mainstream high school was only 1.2 miles from the Deaf school, and I never went to the Deaf school! During the 1990s, several parents of Deaf children asked me, an oral mainstreamed deaf student who graduated from public school, what would be best for their kids and what did I wish was done with me when I was still in k-12 school. I told them I wished my family and I knew ASL so we would have been closer to each other (we no longer speak or contact each other today), and that I went to 1/2 day of mainstream school taking math, history, English, reading, then 1/2 day of Deaf school for art, craft/woodwork, sports/PE, and home ec. The parents asked me why I picked 1/2 and 1/2, I responded it's the best of both worlds, to have IQ (education) and EQ (social skills) developed equally for a happy, smart Deaf kid. Little did I knew exactly what I was saying then, I realize now that I had been advocating for bi/bi approach to education all along. Thanks and I LOVE you for doing this vlog, Rikki!

  15. One of the worst thing is when you are talking to someone and you didn't hear what they said so you ask them to repeat them self and they get angry and storm away. I had this happen to me and I sat there thinking did I do something wrong? The worst part about it was that they never talk to someone who was hard or hearing before and I kind of felt like I was a freak or a burden. Also it took place in a noisy lunchroom. People don't understand that if they are talking to someone who is deaf or hard of hearing that they can't get angry with them or say nevermind. I get so upset when someone say nevermind! People really need to be educated about this community. I love these videos because they really help me out a lot and other people too! I hope one day ASL will be a common language in America and not something only a few hearing people know it.

  16. As a hard of hearing person, I would like to share my story about the first time I've experienced discrimination. I'm not very good at story telling, but I will try. When I was in 7th grade, I was given a paper that states that I'm invited into Foreign Language class and I either get to choose to take French or Spanish. I chose French. As 7th grade is over, I went to an open house where you get your schedules and talk to your new teachers and such, but there was something odd, Foreign Language class wasn't on my schedule. My parents asked the consular why is this class not on here. The consular said that she heard that my speech teacher took me off that class, simply because I have severe hearing loss. My parents and I were angered by this and we tried to find the speech teacher, she was nowhere to be found. My mom told the principals about it and they ordered a meeting. Nothing new really pop up, so we can't prove that my speech teacher took me off the list. As an result, the principal who knew me well and a friend of mine, put Foreign Language class back on my schedule. The class didn't go well because of the trouble makers keeping the teacher from teaching. I took French 1 class again in 9th grade and guess what? I was a straight A student in French 1 class and I passed the 2nd semester final with an 113%! I also passed the French 2 2nd semester final with a 96%! I wasn't a straight A student in French 2, but had all A's and B's. Rikki, I think it is amazing that you did so well in Mandarin class and my teacher from French 1 also told me that I was her best student in her class, too. She was one of the best teachers I've ever had because she treated me like she treated everyone else and didn't see my hearing loss as a disadvantage. Unfortunately, she moved to Florida after my 9th grade year and at the last day of school, I gave her a letter I typed in Microsoft Word using the French Script font and a box of Merci chocolate. So, that's my story on how I never let my hearing loss get in my way and my message to all people who have disabilities, never let your disability get in your way and most importantly, never give up.

  17. My Deaf friend who's from Taiwan said he can speak the Chinese language fluently. I'm not sure what particular Chinese language. He's been in Canada for 25 years now and his english speaking and grammar is subpar.(thou, he hold a good paying job)

  18. Have you ever thought of going to Gallaudet University . There, You will most possibly find your `Deaf Identity`.

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  20. as a teacher, a high school math teacher, I am grateful for you sharing this for me to personally learn from but I am also saddened that you had to endure the struggles that you did. I recently had a student with hearing impairments this year and I would just like to let you know that I learned so much from you and your videos on ways I could help and support him. thank you for sharing you life with the us.

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  22. I am Deaf and legally Blind and you might think I am just an old lady but my mind is just alike you! You go girl! Smile!

  23. Glad you made this video! Definitely goes to show other deaf and hard of hearing kids that we are not alone. I experienced the same things you experienced all throughout secondary school and post-secondary and felt so alone! I'm just now, at 24, learning things about the deaf side of me and beginning to understand and appreciate it more I guess. Yeah, some days are harder than others, but that's part of it! You excelling in Mandarin totally makes sense to me, deaf and hard of hearing people are considered some of the best listeners in the world, this proves that! I love it!! Keeping rockin' on Rikki!

  24. I just discovered you, but its nice to see a fellow oral deafie who learned about sign language and deaf community at a later age. 🙂 And a fellow pokémon fan. ~ Gonna watch the rest of your videos, got time to burn anyway.

    Mmm, I recognize a lot of the points you made about mainstream schools. Especially the reading and video classes. Thanks for sharing your stories. ~ I only spent a year at a mainstream school without a deaf program, which was the first year of middle school… I'm from the NL, which grade was for age 12-13 again?

  25. I am just like you, hard of hearing and i can't hear in my right ear and a bit more in left ear however i went to mainstream school and left third grade to a deaf school. Deaf schools have a good speech teacher. I promise you'll like deaf schools better. It was a different time but their education system is great as public schools. You should consider going to Gallaudet University when you graduate high school. In fact go to a deaf school now in High School. You'll actually appreciate to understand why ASL and deaf culture is important to your life. You won't have communication problems and do you really wanna deal with half of no full messages or communications in a group or class? I mean come on.. go to a deaf school. I am serious you will like it a lot. It doesn't take you away from being hard of hearing cuz you speak. I still speak well too. I don't really need to worry about barriers. Just take my advice. Consider trying Galludet University College. You'll like it. In fact you should HAVE went to a deaf school otherwise you wouldn't be not educated more but you turned out great anyways. I did attend mainstream again in 8th grade and i actually wanted to go back to the deaf school because it was easier to communicate with deaf people and hearing easily.

  26. Seriously look into this..
    http://www2.gallaudet.edu/attend-gallaudet/about-gallaudet/

    Maybe you should take a chance now and see what it feels like to be in a deaf school. It's never too late. You are 24 years old. I'd like to see you be successful! Look at Nyle, he went to Gally. I have been there and i really liked it. I recommend you apply for the fall season.

  27. How did you start learning ASL? My bf is deaf I know some signs but I mostly finger spell everything but idk where to start so I can start really learning? And advice?

  28. I really don't think most people understand "different". Like there are clicks in schools where people are mostly a like; or think they are. But as soon as you seem different, you get pushed away. Same with teachers. They are not use to dealing with a "different" student. Now I say different because I am talking about anyone who feels like they didn't fit in. Some would say I was different. But as you grow, you learn and become stronger than the people who don't understand.

  29. great video! I totally relate with some of the struggles you went through. I did sat in a classroom where a teacher talked in the back and we all were facing the screen to do computer work. I used the FM system but all it did was made his voice louder. I think I got a D the first semester but then we worked it out with my Deaf/hog teacher and I did extra work to make it up. I hated group projects! I could never hear everyone clearly and had no idea how to engage or stand up for myself. Learning ASL and being in a full singing school was a life changer for me. I think it's hard because teachers don't realize that they are dealing with a student who simply is missing information, not like a student who is trying to get an easy A. Love your videos!

  30. i have a question!! if youre too busy to answer it that is ok though. so, i am not hard of hearing or deaf, but i have pretty severe auditory processing problems. i have been learning asl (very slowly), but i worry that people who are deaf will get upset at me for it because it does help with my communication so much! if you have any advice or anything that would be really nice…

  31. I'm glad I found your channel! I want to be an ASL interpreter and need to be more involved in Deaf culture. Looking forward to more content (:

  32. My thoughts… Maybe as well to hashtag cripthevote to have politicians monitor what disabled peeps want or wish to change. Cc, schools, etc.

  33. English class in middle school was difficult for me because we had to read outloud and people would be reading behind me or next to me so it was hard to know where I was. The teacher was getting annoyed with me a lot and at the people that were supposed to be helping.

  34. I found you because of Facebook and I thought that you were awesome mainly because of being a deaf YouTuber that was vocal. You are very awesome and love the pokemon shirt

  35. Once again, I shouldn't be surprised that access to resources for deaf/HoH folks were non-existent but here we are. Glad you're talking about these important issues though! Did you find that there was more accessibility in college?

    Side note: that face you make when you say you're a smart cooking is aDORABLE.

  36. I also when to hearing school also when I was younger and it was very difficult for me because I was the deaf student in the school and that can be hard to fit-in!

  37. I hate NC. I got out of high school. Now I'm 20 years old. And.. Hear this. I'm getting a spot in CJC collage level courses. I'm taking the route of BLET. I might be (of what I know) the first HoH officer of NC! I'm not sure. But my scores were well above average in the classes. My problem is.. The students. Teachers really wouldn't discipline their students. That led to them throwing objects at me. And I always was considers the "slow" kid. I was often given assignments about.. Middle school work etc etc. So me being 215 lbs and 6"5, somebody had the bright idea to harass me and all other sorts of stuff. One time this kid slapped me on the head. Me being piss of already I flip his desk on him. The son of a bitch pressed charges. It was on video. It had them being shits and giggles and throwing shit etc. So I got away scotch free. But Rikki wish me luck. :0

  38. I would shut voices off TV tell teacher and them in class try it if no close captions than no voices! your teacher is very lucky I am not in his class I would beat shits out him. and throw TV out of class. yep I would have. you should have went deaf school. they always have close captions. blame your own parents for putting you through.

  39. Love your videos! Have you considered picking up Mandarin again? I've been studying it for several years and I adore it.

  40. You're such a bad ass. I have a lot of respect for you and all the stuff you've been able to get through. Keep doing you girl. Your work and the things you promote (especially D/deaf awareness) are so important

  41. My boyfriend had a problem with his professor at university. Few years ago my bf told his prof. that he's profound deaf but this professor constantly made fun of him until my bf punch his face (yeah, he couldn't stand it anymore). It is hard to believed that educated people do not understand properly what been deaf means…

  42. I'm deaf and I study in a public school which is my senior year. I've always been in a normal school all my life. I always struggle hearing when a student reading a book behind me, on the left, on the right and in front of me because I need to do lip-reading. I need to learn more of lip-reading in English btw I can understand perfectly lip-reading in Spanish.

  43. I really enjoy these videos, I'm a senior in high school and my hearing has gotten a bit worse. but I can relate to like everything that you are telling so thanks for telling these stories!

  44. Thanks for uploading, I'm 22 and I'm now watching more videos like this because I've never really been able to accept this part of me either – I just tend to get on with it, and I've never been able to speak to someone who understands these situations too. This is just like my high school experience, but some of my teachers were a lot more understanding, like my languages teacher who used to read out the spoken test to me in a private room rather than listen to it on a tape. Although, I did have a teacher who point blank refused to wear the radio transmitter that goes to my hearing aids so I can hear them better because they thought it was a recording device, even when I told them it wasn't (it can't record anything at all). I had to complain about him to the staff and he eventually wore it after being told off, but I was pretty embarrassed everytime I handed it to him at the beginning of class from then on…

    I just wanted to ask, I wear hearing aids, do you wear them as well?- and if not, have you ever considered it? I'm not saying you should wear them, I'm just curious about the support offered to you when you found out you were going deaf. I'm not sure what your level of hearing is, but my left ear is severe whilst my right is moderate hearing loss and they worked out with the aids I can hear at about 80%- 90% of sounds, compared to 40-50% without, they help me soo much, but they are free in England and I'm not sure how easy they are to get in America?

    P.s I love your hair, I used to have mine dip-dyed just like that 🙂

  45. I am deaf and also went to mainstream school, if the school did not provide you with service or with the necessity you needed you could have gone to the school board and the state department of disabilities to get the school to provide you the service if its in school,college,work if they don't respect your rights, you and the state can sue 🙂

  46. You are so right about Mandarin. I'm amazed you did well at the different tones, being deaf. I struggle with them.

  47. it blows my mind how insensitive people can be to the needs of people who are deaf/hoh (or blind or any other thing that requires just a little more awareness). im pretty sure its not actually legal that the school did not provide some kind of extra assistance for you and i get it that some people who do try can sometimes slip up, but some people, some of your teachers in this example, dont even seem to want to bother to try. what kind of an inconvenience is it to just stand at the front of the class or to repeat things a little or to say 'maybe we need something other than a group discussion here'. its so bizarre that even after you explain to people that yeah, youre gonna have to talk a little slower or more clearly or at least be in vision if you want to be understood at all, and then have these people who will just be indignant because apparently its just such a major inconvenience to them. geez. buck up, folks. daddy got written up for not answering radio calls repeatedly and ended up losing a job because of it, even after he told the guy over and over where he would be and when and that he just couldnt hear the damn radio. its so funny how if you are verbal, how people just cant separate the hearing or lack thereof.
    <and another rant now over. nice to have found your channel!>

  48. i went to a public school with quite a few deaf and hoh students so i had a handful of interpreters in my classes (im not deaf, but i always had one or two classmates who were). my bf, who doesn't know asl, used some microphone contraption he didn't like and now has a few transcribers for his classes. my schools were never perfect, but they were pretty accommodating for deaf students in comparison to some schools I've heard about.

  49. i went to a public school with quite a few deaf and hoh students so i had a handful of interpreters in my classes (im not deaf, but i always had one or two classmates who were). my bf, who doesn't know asl, used some microphone contraption he didn't like and now has a few transcribers for his classes. my schools were never perfect, but they were pretty accommodating for deaf students in comparison to some schools I've heard about.

  50. I now how you feel. im hard of hearing and 3 of my teachers have very strong forin accents and its a lot harder to tell what there saying.

  51. Is your accent a Deaf accent? I'm not extremely knowledgeable about Deaf culture, but I thought Deaf accents were more common for people who were either born deaf or became deaf at a very young age. I'd love to learn!

  52. Where did you go to school exactly? I am a special education instructional assistant in California and I am also going back to college to be an ASL interpreter. There is something called the Americans with Disabilities Act that was passed in 1990. In Title II of the ADA it requires ALL schools to provide equal opportunities for students with disabilities. Since they tested you and found out you were H/h your school was REQUIRED by LAW to provide you with an Individualised Education Plan (IEP) which would inform all your teachers of your abilities, your disability specifically, goals, and necessary accommodations for you to get the same educational opportunities as every other student. The accommodations you should have been provided could have been: an interpreter, CC, a hearing aid (which you would Not have had to pay for), the teacher could have been required to use a microphone (if that assisted you in understanding what was said better, but if not it wouldn't), a notetaker, more time for assignments (like your history assignment), and modified assignments (like when your teacher was behind you and using an overhead projector). Your school district could've been sued, and the individual teachers should have been reprimanded, if not fired, or you could've sued the district for each individual incident that happened.

    What you are doing is awesome and I commend you on your activism.

     If you have any questions feel free to contact me or reply to this comment and I will answer when i can, to the best of my ability or can direct you or others to where to find out more.

  53. I've been subscribed for a little while now, and I just realized your last name is Poynter….

    I usually glance over it and my dyslexic brain always says Portnoy (like the drummer).

  54. Yeah….I have a really hard time with people…even to this day…..expecting me to read lips and watch what they are doing at the same exact time…..My eyes can only do one thing at a time…they don't do the splits. Same goes for watching interpreters versus watching what the professor is showing us….Hmmmm….same dilemma….Makes it hard to keep up let alone to understand what one is suppose to be learning when missing out on tons of info.

  55. i am not deaf, but my doctor suggested I might have selective hearing and I also struggle with other mental issues and it makes it incredibly hard to pay attention or listen sometimes. i know that there have been times when i was just stuck in another world and the teacher would ask me something and i would have to say "what?" and i would get made fun of, either by the teachers or fellow classmates. my school hasn't made any accommodations for me even though i have expressed to my school counselors and teachers that i have these things. its ridiculous too because i don't even go to a public school and my parents and i have to pay for this school and I'm not even getting any help. i really just wish the school systems were a lot better and its frustrating to you probably that you graduated not even a few years ago and nothing has progressed. i hope they can make a change, especially for anyone with disabilities or anything that could hold them back from doing well in school. lets just hope and work for change.

  56. I know this video was made last year and that but I completely understand everything you felt in school. I am completely deaf in my left ear and I struggle with group stuff and that but I am given support with my deafness in my school, that's our only difference and I'm sorry you didn't.

  57. There's a uh..starting sound in the back ground..just wanted to point that out a bit because it makes it a bit hard to hear you sometimes.

  58. i am hard of hearing, my hearing just gets bad so when people all talk at once, and there's a lot going on, I feel so frustrated and I keep to myself. In class, since I was in 4th grade, we had a new library teacher and we would popcorn read(meaning one person would read a section and they would pick another person to pick up from where the previous person left off), it was a nightmare, I mean I could still hear some things but I couldn't understand what was being said, I would get in trouble because I didn't know where to read. I'm not completely deaf, just hard of hearing so I don't like being called on the phone, if I do, I need to put the call on speakers and it's just a mess, I prefer texting. There are times when I was in school and a phone would go off and I said that I didn't hear anything and people would automatically assume I was trying to cover up and that it was my phone but I didn't even get my first phone until my freshman year of high school. Even now, I always ask the teacher for closed captionings if we're going to watch a video or movie. Sometimes there is no cc so I can't focus on the video because I don't understand what's being said and I get in trouble because like you said in the previous video, if we had to jot down notes, I would literally copy off my partner but I would reword it so I wouldn't get us in trouble for cheating, it was mostly for filling incomplete sentences. Other than that, whenever I watch a video I end up focusing on the cc rather than the top of the screen where the action is happening, if there's no cc, I feel lost. 'Not deaf for the deaf community but not hearing enough for the hearing world'

  59. The guy in the corner that is doodling (7:23) might be primarily an auditory learner who needs to doodle while he learns in order to keep anxiety down. It doesn't mean we're not paying attention. We are. There are infinite ways to learn.

  60. I feel you. Right now I'm an exchange student in the US, and I'm from Romania – so English is my first language. I'm also deaf, and I've had issues with accessibility in my high school aaaaand… it's 2017
    I have a video about it on my channel, but basically, the main problem I've had was closed captioning not being offered.. Also, one time, I had to sit in the last row of the classroom, despite the fact that I told my teacher that I'm deaf.
    PS: Back home, in most classes the teacher talks and you have to write down what the teacher is saying word by word. And usually it's like 2-page essays… I had to look at the teacher and then write, and so back and forth. Then I would give up because it was too hard and I would copy from my deskmate….

  61. i just found out about this channel and it really helps me relate, im not deaf but HOH and ive been this way since i was about 3 or 4, without my hearing aids, i can hear but cant understand or make out the words people say, its mostly muffled. Youre so cool!

  62. Thank you for making this video! Seriously it helped me- My daughter is ten and was born completely deaf, she has bilateral cochlear implants and goes to a public school. As she is getting older and is maturing I have been thinking HARD on what would be the best option for her schooling in the next few years and I have no where to get advice on the subject as my entire family is hearing. You just answered my question for me really. There is a good school for the deaf in my area and I think that would be her best bet! It's funny what you can come across when you're not looking- I just came along to your page from your collab with Molly Burke. It's a signnn!!! LOL Thanks again she also wants to get into YouTube pretty bad and I think you'll inspire her! haha <3

  63. Damnnn,im just crying.
    I can relate to each and every thing.
    I didn't born deaf but in 7 std i had hearing problem.
    I can hear but not properly, always needed caption in English.
    I tried hearing aid too, it doesnt work to me, i have 3 hearing aid still i cant listen.
    Well its really kinda nice to see i was not the only one who faced the problem in normal school and College.
    Im still in college 2nd year (12 std)
    Thanks alot for making this video.

  64. Thank you for sharing this video! I was exact the same way. I’m really glad I found someone who had the same experience as me ❤️ It’s amazing video to the deaf kids to understand the situation.

  65. Totally in the same boat with ya. (I know this video is old but great to share and thanks!) I was mainstreamed and had to do speech therapist I was born deaf in both ears. I only was able to wear one HA. Never been to deaf school or even been around deaf folks. Mainstreaming really sux. Been through a lot of crap and no support. So yah..I really wish I knew about deaf school and would of gone for it. I was really depress when I got to middle school and muddle through HS. I did beg my mom to let me go to school that teaches sign language. Boy, I got in trouble for that. My only proudest moment of my own was graduating HS. Never failed any classes except preschool. Preschool??? haha. How you can fail that…sure..if you are deaf. yup. To let ya know that I know what its like and I still struggle in lots of ways but I tried to stay postive about it. Its hard. Thinking maybe video blogging about it…maybe… Laters, =)

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