He seemed clueless that I call my cane my best friend, that at nights or special situations I use tactile for sign language, or even the fact that I am a budding leader for the Deaf-Blind. The light is shining through the windows from outside, and his signing is crystal clear because of that reason. Even the strongest, most independent Deaf-Blind (me) is single. I know it is frightening to imagine yourself (the sighted) falling in love with someone who has lost one or more senses than you do.We go on, then I tell him I have to get going and reach into my purse for my cane, which has been folded in quarters and tucked neatly into my baggage so that it wouldn’t fall standing up. I went to Seattle, Washington for an internship in 2005 and I was amazed at the sightings: – 100-200 Deaf-Blind people live in WA State – In Seattle, I know of roughly 10 couples who are married, one half of them is blind, the other is sighted – Same city: two couples who are BOTH Deaf-Blind (and their lifestyle rocks – they just totally adapt! It gives you even more privileges, for instance, sight or sound and the other MIGHT feel inadequate.Or in my case, being blind does have a part in many being single. He then shook my hand, and said, “Nice to meet you. The thought of having to interpret everything that the sighted see, having to guide their companion everywhere, the thought of losing their blind companion in a freak accident clouds the sighted’s judgment and they’re quick to determine that even the other half that seems to fit them the most – is not right because they cannot see. Turns out they were confused about their identity and wanted to “experiment” on me to see if they liked girls or not. Why cannot she tell me 100% about the details around me? Why do I say many of the Deaf-Blind population is single?
“We were talking about online dating, and I said, ‘You should try one of these sites.’ ” His father was reluctant, Marais said, because it’s hard to find other deaf users on the larger dating sites.
“I started doing research and I realized there’s a really big need for the deaf community to have this service. Why not have there be a place where I know that every person in here is at least deaf, hard-of-hearing, or can hear but has a vested interest in the deaf community.” In the first four months of operation, some 1,000 users have signed up — including Marais’ dad, who is still single, but now actively dating.
But the recent explosion of online dating — about 17 million people at least peeked at a dating site last year, according to estimates — has created a cottage industry of smaller sites hoping to draft off the success of market monster
There's nothing new about the Internet being a connection tool for geographically disconnected niches.
Deaf Match is the older of the two sites, but not by much; it launched in 2001.
I’m 27 years old, afflicted with Usher Syndrome and proudly Deaf – and single, too. Some people remain single because their personalities suck. Bad teeth, poor hygiene, Tourette’s syndrome or badly disfigured. I’ve had several guy friends – I emphasize, good guy friends, tell me the real reason why I’ve been dateless all my life, even during my 7 years at Gallaudet. Dating someone who might not be entirely independent and lacking an asset most Deaf people consider sacred (eyes, for those who haven’t figured it out) scares the shit out of some men, even some women. In my 7 years at Gallaudet, I have been asked out by 2 guys – and our dates ended up awkward, insecure. Most times their reaction would be as follows: I get it. He would wonder, “What’s really out there, what am I missing that she is not telling me? That is gonna be a bitch to find but I am determined.
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By the time we met, we were so comfortable with one another it wasn't an issue. Once we went to a hockey game and it was cool because I could curse like a sailor and he couldn't hear me and we laughed about it...
The only problem we had was when we were doing it doggy style he couldn't hear me giving commands, hahaha j/k The only case that would turn me off is a guy letting his disability rule him, feel sorry for himself or be angry at the world.
It doesn't usually cause complete blindness, but it can. I was a member of my Little League team (to which I contributed a home run out of the other team's ineptitude). I had a lot of friends and loved reading books, especially Star Wars books. My family never talked about it much, but I remember asking my mother once, "Why did God do this to me? I can only imagine how she felt at that moment, since that was an unfair question.