Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Speaking Up...But Is Anyone Listening?
I took this photo in Chicago last week. Sometimes I feel like these figures. I'm trying to stand up for what I feel is right but no one's paying attention.
Last month I wrote a letter to a theatre that shows one or two captioned films a month asking for more showings. I got no response. I heard recently from another member of my hearing loss support group that she and the group president contacted the theatre manager in person and got a response along these lines: No, I can't explain why more movies can't be captioned. That's up to the movie companies. As for changing the days, I must keep the movies that are on contract on those days at the times that are set. Sigh.
Yesterday I filled out an online evaluation form for my conference experience last week. I reported on the interference difficulty I had with my hearing aids in the room where my track's sessions were held. Of course, I am probably the only one who had any difficulty so I don't know how much impact my response will make.
I also sent emails to my senators regarding Senate Bill 68 on hearing aid insurance. So far, I have only received form letter emails acknowledging receipt of my email.
Mog wrote an interesting post about expectations. In my comment I wrote the following: "I guess we can't expect others to read our minds and know what our needs are. I guess we can expect to have to speak out on our own behalf knowing that we won't always receive what we need. Expressing gratitude to those who "get it" seems reasonable to me. Understanding that most people we encounter won't "get it" seems wise. Working for change and accomodations for all who need them seems like a path to hope."
I want to ask you: Am I viewing the world through rose colored glasses? Am I hoping for too much?