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I can understand why there might be Disabled or Blind Sports but why are there Deaf Sports?
The focus of the world has been on Beijing during August 2008 with the Olympic games showcasing the fastest athletes, the strongest swimmers, the smoothest divers and the best and greatest in any of the sports competing for glory. But not all people can compete in the Olympics.
Deafness - a foreign country
Deafness brings mis-understanding, alienation and language barriers. It's a lot like moving to a foreign country.
Deafness and a hearing spouse
Deafness doesnít just affect the person who is deaf. It has a profound effect upon all those people we love. Spouses particularly have to develop a level of understanding.
Deafness and Bullying
Bullying makes the news these days Ė probably because social media makes it easy to record and share these experiences. But bullying is not new, especially for the Deaf.
Deafness and Entertainment
Hearing is such a vital part of our culture and if you canít hear you miss out on so much. Almost all entertainment requires hearing.
Deafness and languages
Learning a new language is hard even for most people with excellent hearing. Learning a second language when you are deaf and canít get any feedback about the way the language sounds is doubly difficult.
Deafness and Music
Learning music as a child seems to help them learn speak and lay down strong auditary pathways in the brain. These strong auditary pathways seems to have shown that if someone goes deaf later in life, those who had music training cope better.
Deafness and personal safety at work
It depends on the kind of work you do, but being deaf in the workplace often comes with risks. If you work in an office then this risk may be minimal but if you are in an industrial workplace risks could be considerable.
Deafness and personal safety in the home
We all rely on our senses to alert us to danger. We use our vision to see obstacles and our hearing to listen for alarms, traffic or intruders. When someone is deaf an important early warning system is missing.
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