From Eyeth With Love
Eyeth, is a term popular in Deaf culture, for an imaginary planet for “people of the eye”, where everyone uses visual language, unlike Earth, where people use vocal-auditory ways of communication. Hearing people who live on Eyeth are considered a minority.
Magda, a Deaf singer. She sings in Polish Sign Language.
“My favourite place is my old school for the deaf. Why? Because it is where I began my adventure with the Deaf culture, being a Deaf person. My parent are also deaf, but I did not feel that being raised in my family. The school is where I began my singing in Polish Sign Language. It is the place where I has everything, where I felt myself. I did not have to pretend to be someone else. I wish I could go back and be at school again.”
Natalia, a Deaf pedagogy student.
“I love books, because when I was at school, and I used to go to a regular school for hearing kids, it was too noisy for me during the breaks. The hearing aids are not ideal, and in busy areas, I could not understand anything, so each time I took a book and I moved myself to another, imaginary world”
Julia, a Deaf swimmer, medalist in the World and European Deaf Swimming Championships and Deaflympics.
“Deaf sport and Deaf art are very important in our culture. Although deaf people can participate in just about every sport and many deaf athletes have achieved outstanding results, access remains a major obstacle.”
Natalia, a Deaf graphic designer.
“My dream is to have a full-time job, so that I could afford to go to college. For a Deaf person, it is double the money, because I need to hire a Sign Language translator to come with me for classes. Public schools should provide one, but there is a small number of translators and it is a big problem. And the private schools do not bother. I wish I could have the same access to education as hearing people”