Oliver Sacks is My Writing Hero

Oliver Sacks’ Seeing Voices is a remarkable book about deaf culture, and my own reaction is one of major gratitude. The book was written in 1989 when students at Gallaudet University protested about the appointment of a hearing president. The students made many demands, including that sign language be used in classrooms and not just in dormitories. I’m mostly amazed that they managed to have their voices heard even though they had no voices. I’m moved by the sentiment that says that deaf people aren’t disabled, but instead have a majorly privileged mentality to share with the world. I’m inspired to think about how I might make a similar statement about my own disability with speaking.

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