Sunday, July 4, 2010

Martha's Vineyard and "impairment"

Funny, reading a post yesterday about the historical Martha's Vineyard population and ensuing mass bilingualism on the island reminded me of a quote a read a while back: "I am not impaired by my hearing loss. I am impaired by my environment."

It rings so true. If everyone were bilingual, there would be no thoughts of "impairments" and "disabilities".

2 comments:

John F. Egbert said...

How true!

This is what Deaf Bilingual Coalition is all about.

http://www.dbcusa.org/

Anonymous said...

Even if everyone was bilingual, which of course would be ideal, there would still be some focus on impairment and disabilities in relation to hearing (inability to hear music, to interact in certain situations, to perform certain jobs that require listening, etc.).