Thursday, January 15, 2009
Audism: I Need a Definition and Some History...
I'm getting more involved in the Italian Deaf Forum and someone posted this:
"Well then, to say it succinctly, the term "Audism" is widespread in America and it means literally, "discrimination against Deaf people." Audism is a new term that does not exist in Italian dictionaries - it was first mentioned in 1975 by a Deaf American whose name I do not remember- which means that hearing individuals have more advantages than deaf people thereby causing discrimination between the Deaf and hearing, especially in the working and social environment. For some, this term may seem excessive, however, I believe that it does have some truth to what it represents."
I've been called an Audist a couple of times here on Deafread.com, but I don't exactly know the factual, historical significance of the word. I just reply, "Um, I'm not an Audist."
So...could someone give me an education? Be nice!