Just as I was ready to log off and get in my warm cozy bed, I had to check out a few things on Google.com – and I was amused when I came across a vlog made by Carl Schroeder, the man that I currently had the pleasure of debating with over the issue of DeafBlind and vlogging.
In his vlog, Carl discusses CCB – “cross culture blindness” and culture shock, which are two different things which I agree. I’ve experienced both situations as I’ve travelled and in any situation here in America. However, I found it ironic that he made the cultural vlog and then later spoke of “keeping ASL pure” and wanting to keep transcribing and subtitling to a minimum in his latest vlog “Stop Exploiting the DeafBlind People!”. Reeks of cross cultural blindness, anyone?
This is not to offend Carl, but to bring fore what he had discussed in both vlogs and to note the irony – he, along with many others, are “blind” to the needs and inclusion of DeafBlind people and ASL. They simply do not “understand” how we feel exactly because they go through a visually different experience. I am hoping that Carl, along with others, will see that even if they don’t see the same way we do they will work on their CCB in order to develop solutions that will make everyone happy.
Just my 2 cents, feel free to bite, however, I think I’m right on the money.
tactile love, Coco