VLogging - Contributed by Brian De Cicco

I found these websites, a video blog and a more traditional blog, while researching hearing disabilities. Vlogging combines the technologies of internet blogging with webcasting video capabilities, such as YouTube to create video blogs for the deaf. Watching a video blogger, or vlogger, communicate via American Sign Language, I had the tables turned, and suddenly I appeared to be the one with the disabilty (or at least the inability to communicate). As I watched the video webcasts, and read posts and replies I realized this was the most exposure I have ever had with the deaf community. The debate over whether or not hearing impaired individuals should seek to assimilate into the hearing world or should be submerged themselves in deaf culture, I’m embarrassed it say, is not one I have given much though until now. Even as I commuted to work last year, past the protesting students at Galludet, I could sympathize with their lack of satisfaction over the hiring practices of the university, but I didn’t understand the cries that the new president was not deaf enough. Reading Train Go Sorry and exploring these blogs and the issues surrounding the deaf community has really caused me to appreciate the senses I take for granted. In many ways, members of the deaf community face similar problems as the rest of us (see The Deaf Edge’s account of dealing with the Registrar’s Office at Galludet) but in many other ways the differences are incomprehensible to those of us who hear.

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