Wednesday

Jeffrey Swartz, deaf blogger


Jeffrey and his wife, Karen


Jeffrey Swartz became deaf earlier this year, and has been documenting his experiences, both good and bad, on his blog, World of Silence.  In addition to his own blog, he recently began writing a guest column on Deaf-Insight every Tuesday.  He's all over the Internet!  It's hard to keep up with him sometimes. He's got a heart of gold and is very interested in helping others.  Read his short story of being open about his deafness in person for the first time:

"Buying my first "I love ASL" t-shirt was a really cool experience. I went to the mall where you can create any type of logo on a t-shirt for $10. I wasn't sure if I wanted to tell everyone about my blog, be sentimental and put a picture of my family on one, or start getting the word out that I am deaf and proud to be learning ASL.

In the process of creating the "I Love ASL" t-shirt, I was able to share my sudden deafness with the manager and co-workers and teach them some simple ASL signs.

This week I am wearing my t-shirt loud and proud."


7 comments:

Jeffrey Swartz said...

WOW. Should I comment on the article or the good looking guy. I think both. Thank you for posting my experience. I am proud to share my deafness any chance I got.

Kym Bozarth said...

I think it is great that Jeffery is finding his way through his deafness and coping with it. Becoming late deaf is not easy, the adjustment is hard. You need a strong support system. It is nice to see he has one.

Cindy Dixon said...

Jeffrey - thanks for submitting your story.

Cindy Dixon said...

Kym,

Yes, I agree with you - it's got to be a much harder adjustment. My progressive hearing loss has been on a slow track...

Jeffrey Swartz said...

Thanks to you guys I am still hanging around.

Love ya.

Chazz Griffith said...

I agree with you all too. And cynthia i will think about writting something up for you and doing my first ever blog. Btw i am really enjoying the two or three groups i've found on face book filled with people who understand what i'm going throught and in a eay being there for it

Cindy Dixon said...

Yes, Chazz - the FB groups are very helpful. It's nice to share our experiences and see that others go through the same thing.