An Invisible Disability – Silent Detective
Deafness is an “invisible disability”. Even people with hearing disability looks no difference from us, they are facing much more difficulties than the normal one in daily life. What would our lives be like if we could no longer hear voices and sounds? What challenges will be arisen in face-to-face interactions? 15 College students participated and experienced the life of hearing impaired in the “Silent Detective” organised by the “Dialogue in the Dark” on 12 November 2022.
To simulate a world of silence, participants were required to wear earphones throughout the activity. Participants needed to use sign language, demonstrated by the instructor, and body language to solve a series of mysterious cases without relying on any voices or sound. After solving all cases, participants surprisingly found out the fact that the instructors, who had been facilitating the game flow, were people having hearing loss. In order to understand the life of the people with hearing loss, a sign language interpreter was arranged by the College to answer students’ questions about the community of having hearing loss.
Through game solving and talking with disabilities, participants learnt that the intention to try to understand other thoughts is more important than the language or any other means of communication alone. It is expected that students could be more grateful and treasure what they currently have. Besides, it was a good chance for them to understand the needs of people around them and accept different communities. Those are the keys to build up a harmonious and inclusive society.