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Deaf Awareness Week – 10 People Speak Up About Bullying

In Accommodations for Deaf, ADA, Deaf Culture, Deaf-Blind, Disability Rights, Hard of hearing culture, Hearing Loss on September 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

As a person with hearing loss, I’ve been called ‘stupid,’ ‘horse-headed,’ and a person living in ‘La-La Land.’ I just want to be called by my name: Shanna. Or Lipreading Mom will do.

And I am so not alone. Stop Hearing Loss Bullying and its video were created this year by me and 10 other people. Here are their names and stories. Can you relate to any of them?

Melissa Wittenborn

Melissa Wittenborn

Chazz Griffith

Chazz Griffith

Jessica Vercelli

Jessica Vercelli

Dave McAuliffe

Dave McAuliffe

Tracy Downs

Tracy Downs

Tara Chevrestt

Tara Chevrestt

Mary Smith

Mary Smith

Senthil Srinivasan

Senthil Srinivasan

Stephanie Blystra

Stephanie Blystra

Shanna Groves - Lipreading Mom

Shanna Groves – Lipreading Mom


Stop Hearing Loss Bullying Needs Your Help!

Help choose the new logo for Stop Hearing Loss Bullying. Which logo design do you like best? Select and comment below.

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Results will be announced at LipreadingMom.com soon.

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  1. Bullying seems like it’s everywhere! This is great. I work for a hearing aid company, http://www.hustonhearing.com, and I’ve heard stories of this exact thing happening with some of my patients. I’m glad you are reaching out so people are aware. Thank you.

    • Hi Scott – Thanks for commenting. Any support you can provide for Stop Hearing Loss Bullying is appreciated. Learn more at LipreadingMom.com. Thanks!

      Shanna Groves
      Author, Speaker and Blogger
      LipreadingMom.com
      ShannaGroves.com

  2. Hi I’ve written a piece about hearing loss and how it’s treated differently than other impairments – it’s in the Huffington Post today.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-hansen-brakeman/dont-hate-me-because-i-cant-hear-you_b_4138601.html

    • Hi Kristen – Thanks for sharing your story. Most folks with hearing loss are under age 65, so it’s not merely an ‘older person’s’ issue as many people claim. My hearing loss was diagnosed at age 27, and it is progressive. To educate friends, family, and the world about hearing loss, I created two campaigns: Show Me Your Ears and Stop Hearing Loss Bullying. Please check them out at LipreadingMom.com. Thanks!

      Shanna Groves
      Author, Speaker, and Blogger
      LipreadingMom.com
      ShannaGroves.com

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