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Not for the Sake of Pity, But Understanding

November 07, 2019
By Joshua Stines


Have you ever experienced the frustration of being misunderstood? Anniah Smith, a 10th grade A.S.L. student at CCS, was asked to consider this reality when she participated in a class activity given to her by her A.S.L. teacher. 

“The goal of this activity was to drive home empathy not for the sake of pity, but for understanding,” said Katie Bohall, CCS Senior High American Sign Language teacher. 

By participating in “Silent Friday,” A.S.L. students were asked to live a whole day exploring the challenges that members of the deaf community have to face on a regular basis. 

“I felt ostracized,” said Smith. “There were times when I had to get creative in communicating. A few times even, I was misunderstood. But I couldn’t stand up for myself since I couldn’t talk. Overall, this experience challenged me to be more empathetic to people in the deaf community.”  

Sometimes it takes our living other people’s circumstances before we can begin to empathize with them.

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