So.. today i was helping my daughters boy friend work on his 84 jeep Cherokee..
he is deaf in one ear by 100% and in the other ear by 70% and has a hearing aid on his right ear..
he is 24 years old and has gone to deaf schools all his life..so he can sign and read lips really well..
but..and i am not gonna be mean..there are some words he has never learned in those schools..
so..on with my story..while we were working on said Jeep..he asked if i had any "stick to itself"
as he wanted to mount a cup holder on the hump between the seats..( it kept falling off he told me)..
Hmm i said..."stick to itself" what could that mean?
being a guy who knows a lot of things in life from dealing with college students who always say stuff that i have to figure out..(true story)..
I guessed he was talking about Velcro..so I asked him if he meant Velcro..
he had no clue what i meant..so we looked at each other for a minute..kinda weird moment..lol
then i told him to come to my truck and i got out some strips of Velcro and asked him if this was "stick to itself"?
He said "yes" woo hoo..we were both stoked..haha..
what a fine moment that was..we set up his cup holder and all was good...
my point here is this..
working with someone with a disability is challenging and rewarding at the same time..
who knew he didn't know the word but knew the object?
i didn't..so it was a great learning experience for both of us..
I hope this will help any of you out there who knows or works with someone with a disability to remember..
they are just like us..just a bit different in what they may or may not know..
edit on 19-9-2010 by baddmove because: (no reason given)