The Ten Commandments of Deaf-Blind Culture

by Kerry Wadman, published on the Deaf-Blind email listserv.

For the un-Deaf-blind missionary, pastor, worker, servant, interpreter, intervenor, instructor, and otherwise hearing, sighted, mobile while in the presence of a Deaf-blind person.

  1. Thou shalt put no other Culture above Deaf-blind Culture.
     
  2. Thou shalt not lose hand contact when communicating with a Deaf-blind person.
     
  3. Thou shalt communicate Tactile Sign Languages at all times.
     
  4. Thou shalt not be the Deaf-blind person's Tactile Sign Language Instructor...
     
  5. Thou shalt not be the Deaf-blind person's English grammar teacher.
     
  6. Thou shalt not be the Deaf-blind person's Speech Therapist.
     
  7. Thou shalt not be the Deaf-blind person's comedian telling non-deaf-blind jokes and puns.
     
  8. Thou shalt not be the Deaf-blind person's shadow.
     
  9. Thou verily shalt view Deaf-blind people as unique and not antique couch potatoes...
     
  10. Verily, verily, thou shalt believe that Deaf-blind human organisms can do all things except see and hear, except through an Intervenor Supreme.