Mark Drolsbaugh Essay

This essay has a total of 771 words and 4 pages.

Mark Drolsbaugh

On many occasions, I have been asked to explain this phenomenon which is known as Deaf
Pride. After all, people ask, how could someone possibly be proud of what appears to be
nothing more than a disability? On top of that, deafness is a disability which affects
communication... it can put an invisible wall between hearing and deaf people. So what's
there to be proud of?

If you had asked me this question many years ago, I would have been hard-pressed to come
up with an answer. Deaf Pride? What Deaf Pride?

What about all those times in mainstream school when I had to give up and simply say "I
don't know" because I couldn't understand the teacher?

What about all those times I was made fun of?
What about all those times when I was put in an audiologist's booth like a guinea pig?
What about all those times a speech teacher squeezed my mouth and said, "C'mon, can you say BA-BA-BA?"

Certainly nothing to be proud of. In fact, as a youngster I was downright embarrassed.
That is, I was embarrassed until I got a chance to join Deaf culture. I may have joined it
late, after years of unsuccessfully trying to be a hearing person, but the old cliche' is
true: better late than never. Meeting other deaf peers like myself, sharing similar
stories of oppression and ridicule, swapping humorous anecdotes, learning ASL, and seeing
other deaf adults succeed has completely changed my attitude.


I am no longer ashamed of my deafness, I am proud of it. I am proud of who I am, proud of
what I've overcome, and proud of my culture. Yes, I recognize there is a Deaf culture.


Some people may be groaning, "oh no, not that old culture vs. pathology argument." Sure, I
acknowledge that there are many people out there, even deaf people, who insist that
deafness is nothing more than an annoying disability. As my past would indicate, that can
certainly be true. On the other hand, there are also people out there who adamantly insist
that there is a Deaf culture, that deafness is not a handicap at all (swearing by the
popular motto that "deaf people can do anything... except hear"). You can choose whatever
side of the argument you want, but I prefer to take somewhat of a middle stance. My own
definition is that:

*deafness is a disability which is so unique, its very nature causes a culture to emerge from it.*
Participation in this culture is voluntary (I enlisted in 1989).

Being a part of this culture has given me a sense of pride. I am no longer alone. I share
a language, ASL, with many other people in the Deaf community. I share a history of
struggle which is well-documented; not only are stories related to growing up deaf passed
Continues for 2 more pages >>




  • The Life and Times of the Man Who Invented the Tel
    The Life and Times of the Man Who Invented the Telephone Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) Alexander Graham Bell is remembered today as the inventor of the telephone, but he was also an outstanding teacher of the deaf and a prolific inventor of other devices. Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to a family of speech educators. His father, Melville Bell, had invented Visible Speech, a code of symbols for all spoken sounds that was used in teaching deaf people to speak. Aleck Bell studied at Edi
  • The slaughter house five
    The slaughter house five THE NOVEL - THE PLOT - Billy Pilgrim, like Kurt Vonnegut, was an American soldier in Europe in the last year of World War II. If you come to know a combat veteran well- a veteran of that war, of the Korean War, or of the war in Vietnam- you will almost always find that his war experience was the single most important event in his life. The sights and scars of war remain with the soldier for the rest of his days, and his memories of death and killing help to shape whateve
  • Reality Misunderstood
    Reality Misunderstood Reality, Misunderstood Day by day cyberspace is becoming a more intricate part of our society. As it does, we rely on it more to manage finances, research, and to communicate. Communication in cyberspace has developed a new community for people around the world. The ability to freely communicate with people around the world through a computer has raised many questions about the reality of cyberspace. Since it is a tool of communication that millions of people use every day
  • Deaf President Now
    Deaf President Now ASL 1 4 October 2000 Deaf President Now Protest #2 First of all…I had no clue of how large of an issue The Deaf President Now Protest was. It surprised me that it had not been talked about in my past history classes. The Deaf President Now Protest was so symbolic to that of the Woman’s Rights Movement and Civil Rights Movement. It might have been a smaller issue due to the fact that the Deaf Community is smaller…however, the protest was just as big. It really upsets me that I
  • Special Education Paper
    Special Education Paper My paper is based on a disability that many Americans and I have, hearing loss. The nature, causality, assessment, prevention, accommodation, and my personal reflection of the hearing loss will be discussed in my paper. I. Nature of the Exceptionally: According to Gallaudet University, approximately 1 of every 1,000 infants is born deaf while 6 of every 1,000 are born with some degree of hearing loss. Permanent hearing loss at birth annually affects 24,000 infants in the
  • Hocketts Design Features
    Hocketts Design Features In a world where scientists are incessantly attempting to examine the intelligence of life forms other than humans, linguists have presented the idea that language in itself is reserved strictly for humans. One therefore, must attempt to solve that dilemma and come to a conclusion regarding the question is language unique to humans? If language is viewed solely as a system of communication, then it could be said that many differing species possess the ability to communic
  • The racism in huckelberry finn
    the racism in huckelberry finn Twain a racist? The answers to these questions lie in the examination of Mark Twain’s life and historical era, incidents and character comments throughout Huckleberry Finn, and reviews by critics of many races. Researching the life and times of Mark Twain led to various facts that negate the popular opinion that he was racist. Born Samuel Langhorn Clemens on November 30, 1835 in Missouri, Mark Twain witnessed an era of accepted slavery and racism (Roberts, 5). Grow
  • Tartufffe
    tartufffe Tartuffe, an odious hypocrite posing as a member of the clergy has ingratiated himself with the credulous Orgon and his mother Mme. Pernelle. He is taken into Orgon\'s home. Both Orgon and his mother believe that Tartuffe\'s pious example will be good for the other members of the family. But everyone else in the family, including even the outspoken servant Dorine, is perceptive enough to see through the impostor. Despite the protestations of his sensible brother-in-law Cleante and his
  • Native american persecution
    native american persecution The pressures of white expansionism led the United States Government to find ways to remove the Native Americans from their fertile lands. Spurred by this pressure, and the need to fulfill his campaign promise to open Indian land for settlement, Andrew Jackson pushed through Congress the Removal Act. The Act allowed the government to negotiate treaties with the various Native American tribes, pay them for their lands, relocate them to western lands, and support the tr
  • Mozart and the Mind
    Mozart and the Mind Mozart and the Mind Music appears to be one of the fundamental activities of mankind. In nearly every country around the world people are dancing, singing, jiving, or "chillin" to their favorite tunes. There is just something about the variations of musical notes all mixed together that can alter the way we act, feel, and even think. It is generally agreed that music causes some kind of increased arousal in those who are the least bit interested in it and are listening with s
  • ANIME VS AMERICAN ANIMATION
    ANIME VS AMERICAN ANIMATION ANIME VS AMERICAN ANIMATION by Marker Apenname [markerapenname@subdimension.com] THESIS STATEMENT This is my thesis statement -- while American animation and Japanese animation both have their virtues, the style of American animation, in general, has a significant amount of higher quality. WHERE TO BEGIN? WHERE TO BE GOING? To begin with, one of the major problems that has hindered American animation is budget and time constraints. On the other hand, in Japan, anime h
  • Art5
    art5 MARKETING AND THE BODY We all speak and act from our bodies, but what we actually consider as "our" or other people’s body is very much open to debate. The images shift and change threw the times and culture changes, and so does the perception of the "ideal" or "politically correct" body. In the world we live in, the body has become a commodity, a fetish. The appropriate or "politically correct" image of the body results in its veneration as an ideal and promotes a whole set of values behin
  • Losing a Sense
    Losing a Sense Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live everyday seeing only blackness? Or how about never being able to hear music and the soft voice of your mother? I can’t imagine how my life would be without my sense of sight or sound. I definitely look up to people whom are blind or deaf because they are so strong and courageous. To me, they prove in so many ways that one can overcome any obstacle presented in life. The question of whether I would rather live my life blind or deaf i
  • The Hopi Prophecy
    The Hopi Prophecy INTRODUCTION The Hopi people are a strong people. They have many beliefs about life, and the way that one should live. Some people may see the Hopi as ethnocentric. I argue that ethnocentrism is not the driving force of the Hopi, but their culture and heritage has shaped them to be the proud people they are. In this paper I plan to examine the Hopi people, some of their “unusual” beliefs, and the prophecy that leads the Hopi nation to live in the way of the Hopi. THE PEOPLE Hop
  • A View to a Death in the Morning
    A View to a Death in the Morning Jeremy Childs Paper 1 2/29/00 A View To A Death In The Morning History is replete with separate classifications of the human world and the realm of the wild. Hunters, Philosophers, and writers throughout time have drawn a fine distinction between the wild world and the world of Homo sapiens. However, is this distinction merely a justification to make hunting a morally correct endeavor? Perhaps mankind rationalizes the ultimate goal of the hunt in order to provide
  • The Politics and Culture of the 1960s Hippie Movem
    The Politics and Culture of the 1960s Hippie Movement The Politics and Culture of the 1960s Hippie Movement As the nineteen fifties turned into the early sixties, the United States remained the same patriotic, harmonious society of the previous decade; often a teen\'s most difficult decision was choosing what color lipstick to wear to the prom. Yet after 1963, a dramatic change slowly developed in the cultural, social, and political beliefs of America, particularly the youth. The death of Presid
  • Deaf Culture and Alcoholism
    Deaf Culture and Alcoholism Deaf Culture and Alcoholism Abstract Why is it so hard for the deaf to deal with admitting they are alcoholics or drug addicts which is an impediment for recovery? Why is it so hard for them to stay sober once they have achieved it for a few weeks or months? What do you think the main reasons are? Having worked with the deaf for over 30 years I will try to answer these questions and research other aspects of the deaf culture, their mode of communication and alcoholism
  • Frontal lobe
    frontal lobe Jennifer Mull Psychology Human speech makes possible the expression and communication of thoughts, needs, and emotions through vocalization in the form of words. It is a process whose specialized adaptations differentiate it from the mere making of sounds--a capacity humans share with most animals. In addition to the capacity for laryngeal production of sound (which some animals also possess), speech requires a resonance system for modulation and amplification of that sound and an a
  • Gardners Theory of Multiple Intelligences
    Gardners Theory of Multiple Intelligences In 1979 a young graduate student in cognitive-development psychology, Howard Gardner and a group of colleagues received a grant from the Bernard Van Leer Foundation. The money was intended to, “ …produce a scholarly synthesis of what had been established in the biological, social, and cultural sciences about the nature and realization of human potential ( Gardner, 1999, p.32 ).” Four years later, Gardner published his discoveries, including his infamous
  • Martin Luther
    Martin Luther Martin Luther was a German theologian and religious reformer that had a great impact on not only religion but also on politics, economics, education and language. Martin Luther was born in the town of Eisleben, Germany, on November 10, 1483, (Encarta 1). His father Hans Luther, was a worker in the copper mines in Mansfield. His mother was Margaret. Martin grew up in a home where parents prayed faithfully to the saints and taught their children to do the same. His father and mother
  • Theology of Genesis 111
    Theology of Genesis 111 (A) Introduction Pentateuch is considered to be the most important part in the Old Testament. It recorded the account of creation, the fall of man, the Law Code as well as the experience of the Ancient Israel. Among them Genesis is the first book recorded incidents happened from the creation of the world to Joseph\'s time. In chapter one to eleven, the origin of the world and human race are introduced and in chapter twelve onwards are the stories of the Ancestors. In this
  • Gentic engineering
    gentic engineering 1 http://www.denison.edu/griffi_rp/paper.htm Genetic diversity is precious and should not be touched, even with the overwhelming temptation to do so. The gathering of genetic knowledge does not guarantee wisdom in deciding about human diversity. (Suzuki, Genethics, 345-346) A generalization must, then, occur. Every decision involves human beings as the decision makers and these persons must live with the consequences. Also, most decisions involve choices between different outc
  • Hearing Loss
    Hearing Loss Causes of Hearing Loss Being deaf is a handicap that afflicts millions of people around the world every year. Hearing loss can result from any number of afflictions that can affect the outer, middle, or inner ear. The range of hearing loss can also vary from mild to severe. The ear is made up of the outer, middle and inner ear. The outer ear consists of the auricle, the external auditory canal and the lobe. The outer ear helps to funnel sound and noise into the middle ear. The middl
  • Violence in the media
    Violence in the media Violence in the Media “Monkey see, monkey do” has become a well-known saying in today’s modern, media warped society, but is it correct? What has the world come to these days? It often seems like everywhere one looks, violence rears its ugly head. We see it in the streets, back alleys, school, and even at home. The last of these, our homes, is a major source of violence. In many peoples\' living rooms there sits an outlet for violence that often goes unnoticed. It is the te
  • Violence on Television
    Violence on Television Violence on Television "There was murderers going around killing lots of people and stealing jewelry." This quote comes from the mouth of an eight year old girl after watching the evening news on television. The eight year old girl claims that she is afraid "when there is a murder near because you never know if he could be in town" (Cullingford, 61). A recent report from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) pools evidence from over 2,500 studies within the last d
  • Violence on Television
    Violence on Television Violence on Television "There was murderers going around killing lots of people and stealing jewelry." This quote comes from the mouth of an eight year old girl after watching the evening news on television. The eight year old girl claims that she is afraid "when there is a murder near because you never know if he could be in town" (Cullingford, 61). A recent report from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) pools evidence from over 2,500 studies within the last d
  • Employment
    employment What is the purpose of a career? A career provides a framework for life development; a sort of independence one can have in his or her life. Employment provides a person with the opportunity for social interaction and a salary with which to provide the resources needed to survive. Finding a job in America is not an easy task to say the least. So what are the odds of a hearing impaired person finding a job that is both of interest and ability level? If one is deaf the chances of findin
  • Green Grass Powerful Women
    Green Grass Powerful Women Ana Florencia Green Grass, Powerful Women White culture misinterpreted, ridiculed and even outlawed native beliefs. Natives, in turn were forced to live according to the absurdities of the white man. In Green Grass Running Water, King portrays these absurdities through four old Indians and a coyote that are trying to fix the world. This task becomes very difficult for them, when the Christian God appears and messed everything up. Now they are confused and the world is
  • Ramirez Sanchez
    Ramirez Sanchez RAMIREZ SANCHEZ CARLOS THE JACKAL On Sunday, December 30, 1973 in an affluent suburb of London, a young man opened the front door of the mansion, where he was employed as a butler, only to be confronted by a young, dark-complexioned man with a gun. The man pointed the gun at the butler and demanded in heavily accented English, to be taken to Joseph Sieff, the owner of the house. Sieff at sixty-eight, was one of the most successful and influential Jewish businessmen in London.
  • Commincation Today
    Commincation Today The business world today is more challenging than it ever has been. Effective communication is one of the many qualities one must have to succeed. It helps one present ideas, manage employees, and handle customers. Presenting ideas is what makes businesses grow and evolve. An idea, being a formulated thought or opinion, is hard to put into words at times. Knowing how to transfer one’s thoughts into words can become the most effective aspect in communication. For example, if o
  • Act 48
    Act 48 On November 23,1999 Governor Ridge signed Act 48 of 1999, enacting new requirements for professional education (formerly professional development) plans. The legislation also requires that all certified educators complete six college credits, six credits of continuing professional education courses, 180 clock hours of continuing professional education, or any combination of collegiate studies, continuing professional education courses or learning experiences equivalent to 180 hours every
  • Deaf Education
    Deaf Education Coping with and Understanding the Deaf Student What is deafness? There are many definitions to the word "deaf." According to Stephen P. Quigley and Peter V. Paul in their book Language and Deafness (1984), "a child is considered deaf if hearing impairment is so great, even with good amplification, that vision becomes the child\'s main link to the world and main channel of communication." This is a general and relatively vague definition. Other definitions are based on the degree
  • Dien Cai Dau
    Dien Cai Dau Dien Cai Dau War is hell. The images that passed through the conciousness of those who participated in the Vietnam War left indelible visions. Rather than giving an opinion of,the war, Komunyakaa writes with a structure designed to allow the reader to experience the images and form their own opinions. The visions, images and experiences of thevietnam War as expressed by Komunyakaa vividly displays the war through his eyes and allows one to obtain the experiences of the war without
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoos NestA Humanities perspec
    One Flew Over The Cuckoos NestA Humanities perspective By:James Andrew Riddle Ken Kesey\'s novel " One Flew Over The Cuckoo\'s Nest " takes place in a mental hospital. The main character, or protagonist is Randle P. McMurphy, a convicted criminal and gambler who feigns insanity to get out of a prisoners work ranch. The antagonist is Nurse Ratched also referred to as " The Big Nurse ". She is in charge of running the mental ward. The novel is narrated by a patient of the hospital, an American In
  • None Provided
    None Provided Since the beginning of written history, man has witnessed persecution in many forms. The most infamous example of persecution is the Holocaust. During the Holocaust, a systematic killing of Jews killed 6 million in 10 years. It has been over 50 years since the Holocaust ended and yet again we see much of the same thing, albeit on a smaller scale, in Kosovo. Kosovo is located in a historically turbulent and violent part of the planet. The Balkans have caused many wars and skirmishe
  • The History of Special Education in the Twentith C
    The History of Special Education in the Twentith Century During the twentieth century, drastic changes were made to vastly improve the special education system to ensure that all students, regardless of their ability, were given equal rights according to the Constitution of the United States. During early colonial America, schooling was not mandatory and it was primarily given to the wealthy Anglo-Saxon children (Carlson, p230). Children were mainly taught in the home or in a single room school
  • The President
    The President Miguel Angel Asturias was born in Guatemala City in 1899. He received his law degree from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. After finishing at the University, Asturias and a few colleagues founded the Popular University of Guatemala for those who could not afford to attend the national university. In 1923 he went to Paris where he wrote El Seńor Presidente. Due to its political implications he was unable to bring the book with him in 1933 when he returned to Guatemala. A
  • Various important parts of History
    Various important parts of History Baron de Montesquieu- A Frenchnoble author who published and wrote The Spirit of the Laws. He was the man who led most of the beliefs that were later transformed into the Constitution. He helped start checks and balances. 1689-1755 Francois Voltaire- The French author known for such works as Candide and many other novels. He is the only philisoph to succesfully make the enlightenment popular among the masses. He was imprisoned twice and expelled from France mu
  • Women in the Hellenistic World
    Women in the Hellenistic World Womens lives were improved and expanded in the Hellenistic age more so than at any other time prior Greek history. Papyri from Egypt and Coele-Syria have led to the discovery of documents on marriage contracts, inscriptions of philanthropy, and the daily lives of the women in that period. The Hellenistic woman changed in many ways. She became more educated, more cultured, and she received domestic freedom and her new legal and occupational advancements and a whol
  • Autism
    Autism Autism, Multiple Personality Disorder and Socializing “Where could anybody be without organizing their own thoughts”(Slater 1)? Imagine living in a world where one could not communicate with anyone around them on a truly rational level, even though the individual is completely rational. Imagine feeling so frightened by life, that one escapes to an Alternate reality, where they become catatonic, or even take on forms of different personalities to deal with everyday situations. Try not bei
  • Autism
    Autism Autism, Multiple Personality Disorder and Socializing “Where could anybody be without organizing their own thoughts”(Slater 1)? Imagine living in a world where one could not communicate with anyone around them on a truly rational level, even though the individual is completely rational. Imagine feeling so frightened by life, that one escapes to an Alternate reality, where they become catatonic, or even take on forms of different personalities to deal with everyday situations. Try not bei
  • Deaf President Now
    Deaf President Now Deaf President Now! All throughout history when an issue or problem presented it\'s self to a group of individuals. Their voices together would bring about change through toil and determination. However, what if the world couldn\'t hear your "voice" or understand your language? The degree of effort and work for such a group of people would seem futile. For the students of Gallaudet University, the barrier between the hearing world and the Deaf world could not have stopped the
  • Equiano
    Equiano Olaudah Equiano " We are almost a nation of dancers, musicians, and poets. Every great event, such as a triumphant return from battle, or other cause of public rejoicing, is celebrated in public dances, which are accompanied with songs and music suited to the occasion. The assembly is separated into four divisions, which dance either apart or in succession, and each with a character peculiar to itself. The first division contains the married men who in their dances frequently exhibit fe
  • History of Harlem
    History of Harlem Question 1 Number 1: The New Negro Alain Locke edited a volume of critical essays and literature entitled the New Negro. In it, Locke heralded a spiritual awakening within the Afro-American community. It was manifested by a creative outburst of art, music and literature as well as by a new mood of self-confidence and self-consciousness within that community. The center of this explosion was located in Harlem. Famous personalities such as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Paul R
  • Importance of Iliad as Modern Teaching Tool
    Importance of Iliad as Modern Teaching Tool IMPORTANCE OF THE ILIAD AS A MODERN TEACHING TOOL The passing of works from generation to generation is not an uncommon thing, nor is it a new practice. For centuries, even since the beginning of time, scholars have recorded and passed on historical accounts, works of art, poetry, and great literary works as a means of transcending the culture from one generation to the next. In doing so, these works were not merely used for leisurely purposes, rather
  • Lacan
    lacan Lacanian Psychoanalysis and ‘Surfacing’ The theories of Jacques Lacan give explanation and intention to the narrator’s actions throughout the novel “Surfacing”. Although Margaret Atwood may not have had any knowledge of the French psychoanalyst’s philosophies, I feel that both were making inferences on behavior and psychology and that the two undeniably synchronize with each other. I will first identify the complex philosophies of Jacques Lacan and then demonstrate how the narrator falls
  • American sign language
    american sign language In learning about the deaf culture I have taken on a new understanding about the people it includes. Through readings and the lessons, I have learned that being deaf has both its hardships and its blessings. The beauty of the language alone makes one want to learn all that he or she can about it. In this paper I will discuss the beauty of the language and the misconceptions the hearing world has about deafness. The deaf culture has often been labeled as the deaf- and- dum
  • Conflict in the balkans
    conflict in the balkans The conflict in the Balkans is interesting because for years, reporters and politicians have touted it as being the result of ancient ethnic hatred but that isn’t the case. The people of this region lived together peacefully for centuries and any conflicts that have arose among people were based not on ethnic origin but other things like class and ruling party. In fact, any problems that have arose in the former Yugoslavia have more to do with the issues raised by nation
  • Time to Change with Time
    Time to Change with Time Time To Change With Time "Change starts when someone sees the next step." William Drayton Native Americans are trying to take that next step. For the past 100 years Americans have stolen their sacred names and used them for mascots of high school, college, and professional sports teams. The National Education Association is one of the first to step to the plate by passing, Article I-41, which advises use of Prejudicial Terms and Symbols "The National Education Associati
  • Etiquette
    Etiquette THESE pages have been prepared for those who are striving to improve themselves in exterior polish, and to add to their stock of information concerning the subjects upon which it treats. It has not been written for those who have been trained in the best usages of society from their infancy; nor for those who learned politeness at the same time that they mastered the alphabet; but for the less favored of both sexes in our land, who are desirous of obtaining a knowledge of the etiquett