A CODA’s Experience About Spring Awakening

 

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With the permission approved by Becky Stuckless, a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) to share with you (Thank you, Becky for your courage!)

“So my Spring Awakening experience was not what I expected! I was reminded of my privilege as soon as I arrived to purchase tickets. A couple was struggling to communicate with the ticket agent at will call. I almost offered to interpret and then realized they seemed embarrassed and frustrated all at once.

I went to the open window, purchased my tickets for the next day and left. Feeling incredibly guilty for my privilege the rest of the evening. The show itself was not what I expected. It had some really dark parts that left me sad and I wasn’t prepared for it. I wasn’t thrilled with the sim-com and wonder why they couldn’t do the entire thing with both a Deaf and hearing person. I again felt the benefit of coda/bilingual privilege.

I found the ASL message to be much more explicit than the English message and was reminded by Doug the benefit of my bilingual privilege.”

 

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