With this sentence, our deaf friend open-up to us…
He illustrated: We're just like you. As much as you experience difficulty in communicating with anyone speaking a language you don't comprehend, we also have a challenge in communicating with you. Is this a disability?
Soldiers in wars, and divers in the depths of water, have their own sign language to communicate and understand each other in such delicate situations. Are they disabled?
We are not people with disabilities if all the tools we need to communicate is within reach. We have a language that enables us to communicate and understand each other very clearly.
Our challenge is mainly communicative. Because we can't speak, it remains a hurdle for us to adapt and communicate with listeners. So listeners must adapt to our form of expression!
You don't have to learn sign language like you do with English or French, or seek an interpreter to crackdown communication barriers. But, what really upsets every one of us is having to live with an implicit stereotype that categorizes us as disabled!