Hearing aid implants…? You kind of mashed two different things together there, heh.
Captioning and better access to text-based communication, definitely.
Captions need to be applied to movies and theaters more often, and I would encourage YouTube and youtubers to provide captions for their videos so deaf people can properly enjoy them! Don’t tell us to use the automatic captioning feature- have you seen how horridly inaccurate it is? It’s a complete disaster!
Text-based communication and interpreting is a severely needed necessity… You have no idea how many companies- even insurance companies, hospitals, and legal businesses- refuses to accept anything except vocal confirmation via phone or physically showing up with an interpreter in tow. Sometimes not even the latter. That’s a big problem for deaf and mute people.
More people learning ASL would be nice too.
if anyone remembers the story that was making rounds a while back about a 19 year old discovering the solution to cleaning up the pacific garbage patch, that project launched a fundraider which now has 7 days to reach it’s goal.
crASHES THROUGH THE WALL BECAUSE I HEARD SOMEBODY NEEDED MONEY TO CLEAN THE OCEAN
Let’s do it!
There’s a common social attitude that disabled people are not sexual — that something about disability strips people of their sex drive, and that, moreover, disability makes people inherently sexually unappealing, so it’s not like they could find partners even if they wanted them. This is accepted as common knowledge, despite the fact that it creates some extremely harmful social attitudes and social structures.
The insistence that disabled people are not sexual, for example, plays directly into the denial of sexual abuse and violence committed against disabled people. After all, people claim, these behaviours are rooted in sexuality (why this belief persists despite all evidence to the contrary is beyond me), and since disabled people have no sexuality, this means they can’t be assaulted or abused — it’s almost as though people genuinely believe that disabled people are like children’s dolls, with a great big void where their genitals would be. (One wonders what they think happens to people who acquire disabilities later in life.)