“Knowledge is power.”
—Sir Francis Bacon
As a Deaf person in a minority population that is continually disenfranchised by a hearing world, I believe that being involved in politics for the advancement of the deaf community is critical. Sir Francis Bacon is 100% correct; knowledge is power. Knowledge used for the support of others allows for great things to happen; there is absolutely no reason that any deaf person cannot receive an advanced degree, start their own business or have any job they aspire for.
This is something that should be promised to every deaf child.
Too often this promise is broken by the incomplete opinions of medical professionals, teachers who lower expectations and parents who label their child as ‘handicapped’.
There are many things that our fellow community members are not happy with. Issues like these are changed only through the power of the masses. It is critical that those of us in the deaf community, fortunate enough to be blessed with knowledge, learn to harness and wield that power.
The vast majority of deaf children are born to hearing parents; many do not realize the daily oppression they may experience. It is therefore incumbent upon us to enable our deaf children to learn; our community can then become stronger and more visible on Capitol Hill. But it has to begin with one.
It has to begin with you.
ABOUT WYATTE HALL
Wyatte Hall is a deaf graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and a current Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Gallaudet University. Other than academics, he likes to play Ultimate Frisbee and sample exotic beers while rooting on his hometown New York Yankees.