What I’ve Learned at Gallaudet: Audism

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I know that I have talked about this term before in my writings. It is becoming a more and more popular subject. I recommend using caution though when getting into issues of discrimination. Discrimination is a two-way street, but oftentimes, you will find that fewer and fewer people are believing in the existence of reverse discrimination.

That warning out of the way, here is a simple definition of audism:

Audism is the act of someone discriminating based on a person’s hearing status.

Think about it. This could go either way. A hearing person can discriminate against a Deaf person because they are deaf and a Deaf person can discriminate against a hearing person because they can hear.

All discrimination is bad. Discriminating because of a person’s hearing status is no different. However, you will find that most people only look at this definition one way. I encourage you not to do that. I encourage you to view each other as equals. We are all made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). We are all made alike. Learn from each other: learn about other languages, cultures, and communities. Deaf people and hearing people alike have a lot to offer one another. Do not let audism get in the way of that.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'” Genesis 1:27-28, NIV

2 Responses to “What I’ve Learned at Gallaudet: Audism”

  1. Rebekah Gilley Says:

    I appreciated your warning at the beginning, because it is so easy to forget that discrimination goes both ways. Thanks for the reminder, and I love the Scripture you included!

  2. Casey Says:

    You’re welcome. And, thank you.🙂 I always have a hard time remembering the basics. That is why I feel it is so important to stay grounded in the Word. Otherwise, I forget things as simple as God fearfully and wonderfully creating every single person in His likeness–no matter how different we are.

    Blessings,
    Casey

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