Deafness Isn’t Binary

When people think of the term ‘deaf’ I can guarantee you most will think of someone living in a world of total silence, only able to communicate by sign language.

I mean, it’s not a completely invalid assumption, but the idea that you either have all your hearing, or none of it, is wrong.

It is widely accepted that when it comes to visual impairment there is a spectrum. I know lots of people who wear glasses, myself included, and not everyone has the same prescription. Some people’s eyesight is worse than others, and some may only need to wear glasses in certain situations – and that is the same for deafness.

Where Are You From?

Ah, the dreaded question. It seems so innocent and simple that you’d wonder why someone would associate those four words with a feeling of panic and despair. I wish I could say I’m joking and being slightly overdramatic, but I’m really not.

See, I am a Singapore-born British-Indonesian currently living between England and Singapore. I lived in Indonesia for two years as a baby (which I remember nothing of), and spent the rest of my childhood and teenage years growing up in Singapore.

That’s the answer I am usually inclined to give, but that doesn’t clarify where I’m from, per se. Believe me, I am as confused as you are.

Hello, It’s Me

If there is one thing I can say with absolute certainty, it’s that I am terrible at introducing myself.

It’s more that I don’t know where to start instead of not knowing who I am as a person – although you could argue I am not up to speed on that topic either, but I’ll save that for another post.

So, maybe I’ll just jump right into explaining why I decided to create this little corner of the internet in the first place.