Stop Hearing Loss Bullying

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What is the Stop Hearing Loss Bullying Campaign and Video?

This spring, a group of 12 people, including Lipreading Mom, got together to brainstorm how to stop the troubling phenomenon of bullying among people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Each person answered the question: Why do I support Stop Hearing Loss Bullying? Then the participants submitted photos of themselves to Lipreading Mom. The photos included their faces, hearing aid or cochlear implant side profiles, and hands using sign language.

Here is the video…

Here are some stills from the video…

Melissa Wittenborn

Melissa Wittenborn

Jessica Vercelli

Jessica Vercelli

Chazz Griffith

Chazz Griffith

Tracy Downs

Tracy Downs

How You Can Help

1) Spread the word to all your contacts about the Official Stop Hearing Loss Bullying Page.

2) Watch and share the Stop Hearing Loss Bullying Video.

3) On Facebook, “like” and share the #Stophearinglossbullying page.

4) On Twitter, tweet the following message: “I support #StopHearingLossBullying. Join me at http://LipreadingMom.com!”

A Special Thanks to the Video Campaign Team

The Stop Hearing Loss Bullying video would not have been possible without Film Editor, David Greenberg, along with these film participants:

Stephanie Blystra
Tara Chevrestt
Tracy Downs
Chazz Griffith
Shanna Groves
Dave McAuliffe
Mary Smith
Senthil Srinivasan
Jessica Vercelli
Melissa Wittenborn

Readers—Let Me Know What You Think About the Video

Please watch and share your comments below. Lipreading Mom thanks you for supporting the campaign…Because hearing loss bullying ends with YOU and ME!

Help Lipreading Mom #StopHearingLossBullying

Help Lipreading Mom #StopHearingLossBullying

As a person with hearing loss, I have seen bullying first hand. I’ve been called ‘stupid,’ ‘mule-headed,’ and have been nicknamed ‘La-La-Land Shanna.’ I simply want to be known as Shanna. Help the more than 48 million people in the United States and worldwide with hearing loss and deafness by bringing awareness to the need to stop this kind of harassment and bullying. People who are deaf or hard of hearing need acceptance, not rejection, to thrive in school and the workplace.

Sign and Share the #StopHearingLossBullying Petition

Repeat this: “Hearing loss bullying ends…with ME.”

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Read Lipreading Mom’s Series—Hearing Loss Bullying: A Troubling Phenomenon

- Are You Bullied Because of Your Hearing Loss?

- How Can *You* Stop Hearing Loss Bullying?

- Bullying Doesn’t Stop This Show Me Your Ears Fan

Other Helpful Anti-Bullying Links:

- StopBullying.gov: The U.S. Government’s Anti-Bullying Campaign

- WillUStand.com: A 12-Year-Old Girl’s Anti-Bullying Campaign

- The Power of Words | Stand Up Against Bullying | StopBullying.org

- Pacers Peer Advocacy Unique Bullying Prevention Model for Students with Disabilities

- ‘Switched at Birth’ Star Katie Leclerc’s Anti-Bullying Campaign

- Should We Care Beyond the School Yard? (Deaf in Prison blog)

Share Your Hearing Loss Bullying Stories

Do you have personal experience with this kind of bullying? Please comment below or send a confidential message to LipreadingMom(at)gmail(dot)com.

17 thoughts on “Stop Hearing Loss Bullying

  1. people who bully hearing loss people, or any other kind of health problem are just pure ignorant. someday the tables may be turned on them,or someone close to them, and then they’ll know how they made people feel, and how heartless they were.

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  13. I was born partially deaf and I have been bullied for it. People at my school would say mean jokes about me being deaf. Teachers were even mea,n because they didn’t try to understand my issues and just blew me over. I’ve been called stupid just because I cant hear what’s going on most of the time. I also have a speech impediment and on various occasions people would make fun of it and tease me for it. It hurt, but I’ve learned to move on and not let it affect me. People only say/do these things because for some reason it makes them feel more superior and better about them self.

  14. I was born profoundly deaf, recieved a cochlear implant around 2 years old, and went to deaf education school until I was six. My teachers were so surprised that I only took four years to learn to talk–the norm back then was for kids to be in deaf school till like, sixth grade! I mainstreamed into a hearing environment at a private Christian school for first grade and graduated from there in sixth grade. After that, I went to another private school for 7-12th grade. I wouldn’t trade the amazing education I recieved there for ANYTHING, but I would trade a few moments for happier memories.

    Private school, public school, homeschool, whatever–bullying is going to happen (unless we stop it). I remember knowing right away that I was different. My little six-year old self was very observant and saw that no one else had funny things on their ears, and that I sounded a little different than other kids. I didn’t care, though. I liked school and learning addition and subtraction and drawing ballerinas in art class (I was your typical seven-year-old girl).

    By fourth grade, I KNEW for sure I was different. People had made fun of me before, but I shrugged it off pretty easily. My math learning disability was coming to light by that point, so I was already struggling academically and the fact that people would imitate my voice back to me didn’t help at all. Fifth and sixth grade were probably the hardest years bullying-wise. That is the time when girls are starting to change, so it’s a hard time anyway. Bullying on top of all the weird changes is extremely harmful and unhelpful and can lead to issues later in life.

    In middle school, I remember being made fun of and also being referred to as “the deaf girl” when I was RIGHT THERE to hear it. I wanted to punch the person who said that, but I didn’t react at all. As I got into high school, being bullied for my deafness wasn’t as much of an issue but being bullied for my learning disability was. It made me so mad because most of the bullying happened in my special ed class (ironic, right?) and there were days when I just wanted to stand up and holler that we ALL had learning disabilities so why the heck would we bully each other about it?!

    So, speak up. You may get made fun of it in the moment, but your standing up for yourself and other kids speaks volumes and shows strength and dignity. I wish I had spoken up for myself in high school, even in middle school too.

    Don’t get me wrong, I had lots of friends all the way from 1st-12th grade, but the bullying memories put a dim on those happy memories.

    Now that I am a college sophomore, I can happily say that I no longer get made fun of for being deaf, because we are FINALLY beyond that childish behavior, but I wish the bullying had never happened in the first place.

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