Deaf rights have certainly come a long way over the past century, but audism (the belief that hearing people are superior) still infiltrates our society. America struggles with diversity, in general, because we have been raised to believe there is such a thing as a “normal” person. Deaf people may not be able to hear, but they can do pretty much anything else they put their minds to!
Unfortunately, ignorance about deafness and Deaf culture frequently leads to discrimination when it comes to critical education and hiring opportunities. Deaf people are often left out of social and cultural events due to lack of interpreters. As a Deaf Aware ally, do your best to recognize these situations and help educate those who are behaving in an audist way.