Hey folks, how are you all doing?
I am wondering about something…
Why is it that Deaf-Blind people automatically get front row seats?
Even if they are unable to see, clearly, the action or communication.
Recently, I’ve attended two performances: one of Prince Hamlet with Deaf actress Jodi Birley, and a workshop with World Federation of the Deaf president Colin Allen. Both were obviously in ASL, and I did have Deaf Interpreters.
But my issue is:
Why were the Deaf-Blind sitting in the front row?
I could barely see the performance, and could not see the DIs. The workshop was an amazing message, a strong message! Yet, for me, I could not fully grasp the magnitude or power of Colin’s workshop.
In both cases it was all about lighting; Prince Hamlet was dark, dark! The workshop had bright powerpoint projections.
Planning is key to improving!
I would have liked to sit, at a more accessible place, not at the front, but at the side or back, with two Deaf Interpreters. Had I been given this opportunity, I would have grabbed it!
So, I ask you: do you feel pressured to take the front row or to sit, with support, somewhere else?
Thank you for listening!