Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Join Me at the Reader's Cafe

Glenda Watson Hyatt has invited me to share the spotlight at her Reader's Cafe Wednesday, February 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Pacific Standard time. That's from 6 to 10 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Glenda plans to tackle some questions related to the recent denial of service at Steak 'n Shake such as:

Why didn’t you go inside to order your milkshake? (I know why, but I would like Karen to explain why.)

Is this type of incident common for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing?

What don’t most people understand about being Deaf orhard of hearing? What are some typical barriers you face daily?

Some unenlightened souls say you shouldn’t even be driving because you wouldn’t hear sirens coming, and thus, are a safety concern on the road. How do you know when to pull over for emergency vehicles?

As a person with a disability, surely you unfortunately encounter annoying and discriminating situation frequently. What was it about this particular situation that made you fight it rather than brush it of?

What steps have you taken so far to advocate for your rights?

You’ve used social media, like blogs and Twitter, to tell your story. What kinds of responses or results have you experienced? How have you managed to keep up with all of it?

Read more at: Glenda's Reader's Cafe


Glenda said...

Thanks Karen, I'm really looking forward to our chat and dispelling some of these misperceptions about people who are Deaf. Having a speech impairment, people often assume I'm Deaf, which has caused many frustrating situations too.

@Memorex said...


I'm deaf profund, end use the cochlear implant. My nacionality of Portugueise.


Stephen Hopson said...


And while you're at it with Glenda, dispelling misconceived notions about what the deaf can do, when it comes to the question of whether they should drive, perhaps your answer should be, "Well, did you know there are deaf pilots out there?" That will shock em. :)

Karen said...

Hey Stephen, you can park your plane at Glenda's tonight and share!

Jim said...

If I am not busy, I might join and my time zone is from 7 to 11 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Jim said...

Correction: If I am not busy, I might join and my time zone is from 7 to 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Kevin said...


I liked your snappy comeback. How about some alternates...

1) Yes, I'm driving today because my horse's sick.

2) Really? We're not allowed to drive?? Well, I guess I'd better tear up my driver's license.

3) Umm, why? Do you want to be my chauffer?

4) Don't worry about us. Both of my glass eyes help me to hear the sirens. (sarcasm)

Jim said...

Click and find your surprise

Jim :)