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Communication not Assumption

Communication not Assumption
Until I was 12 I believed I could do most things, why not, I was deaf but with hearing aids could hear "ok". The one thing I remember upsetting me back then was I couldn't hear on the telephone so couldn't speak to my grandparents who had moved far away.  It did make communication an issue sometimes, group settings, noisy environments, bad acoustics did make life more difficult but I did cope quite well lipreading in most situations but definitely always easier on an one to one. Of course there would have been a few things I couldn't do but in the main I felt capable of most things. To my surprise my disability was more of an issue to the outside world than to me. This very strange assumption that firstly I would use sign language to communicate was the first barrier I came up against followed by the...
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