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    I would consider it a disability if it caused difficulty carrying out day-to-day activities (without intervention by technology).
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    (Original post by Ice_Fire)
    My parents and my uncle are all profoundly deaf and I 100%think it's a disability. They cannot communicate with hearing people effectively, which affects all aspects of life. Their education has left a lot to be desired (although deaf education has improved). So they can't communicate effectively with anyone who isn't deaf, or knows BSL. They need an interpreter (usually me) for everything.

    They cannot use a phone, talk to customers, hear fire alarms etc. Hardly any employers will go near them because it's too much effort and cost to make everything 'deaf friendly'.

    Also...not able to hear music, to me that's a disability in itself.
    I also find it hard to communicate with hearing people too, even with my hearing-aids turned on. It's even worse without my hearing-aids, I'm hopeless without them. Usually, if I'm outside of school and I'm struggling to hear someone, my younger brother helps out and repeats back pretty much everything that person is saying. It's painful to know I'm slowly losing my hearing too.

    Using a phone is difficult because I cannot see the person's face, so I prefer to use Skype to communicate with my extended family or friends. I know some of the basics of BSL but I've probably forgotten most of it. I find myself sub-consciously using the sign for "repeat" in BSL when I'm confused by task instructions or if I don't hear someone properly.

    Fire alarms hurt my ears since my ears are ridiculously sensitive to high pitched sounds. that's when I turn off my hearing aids and follow pretty much everyone out of buildings.

    I was going to go to a boarding school specialising in deaf children but the local council refused to fund a SEN report for me, so I attend a mainstream school instead.

    Being fluent in BSL must be amazing though! What is it like having profoundly deaf parents?
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    Disability means an organ in your body does not work. It doesn’t mean you are retarded.
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    (Original post by TheGoonerGirl)
    I was going to go to a boarding school specialising in deaf children but the local council refused to fund a SEN report for me, so I attend a mainstream school instead.
    If this was after 1995, (when the disability discrimination act was introduced) you could have taken them to court for disability discrimination.

    Disability means an organ in your body does not work. It doesn’t mean you are retarded.
    It's nothing to do with organs not working properly.
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    Hi,

    Life with deaf parents has been difficult. Although there are many factors, definitely not the deafness that has caused most problems.

    Purely from the deafness point of view, yes its cool to know BSL but honestly, I wish they'd accessed interpreting help instead of using me.

    I appreciate my hearing so much though!
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    It is an impairment that has disabling impacts in various areas of society.

    Edit: Why are so many people conflating 'impairment' and 'disability'? These people are disabled but are not impaired:

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    (Original post by miser)
    I would consider it a disability if it caused difficulty carrying out day-to-day activities (without intervention by technology).
    Yes I think anything that limits what a person can do is classed as a disability!
 
 
 
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