Silent Day at Milby by Yolanda DeLeon c/o 16

MILBY_Monday, February 10th  was Silent Day at Milby. What exactly is Silent Day? Silent Day is a day where all American Sign Language classes at Milby had a day of non verbal communication.

This was a day dedicated to be put in the shoes of a deaf person.  This was a challenge for me personally because I’m a chatterbox, but I’m sure it was for everyone else; yet I was willing to accept it and not talk for eight hours. Although throughout the day, I saw a lot of people had caved in and were talking. As much as I wanted to, I had control myself; I definitely was one of those students who took this very seriously, because I wanted the full experience.

Throughout the day I faced many struggles. It was difficult to ask or answer any questions. That was quite annoying, knowing I couldn’t do something, I was so used to doing it. Adding to that list of annoyances a lot of kids were persistent on trying to make me talk. By 3rd period I was ready to give in, but I knew that I couldn’t. I wanted the full experience and I didn’t want to ruin the overall lesson. Simple tasks became difficult.

I was exhausted and annoyed. I just wanted the day to end. I had learned so much in such little time. Silent day made me respect deaf people so much more. Knowing how annoying people could be by their actions was truly something I hadn’t realized was an actual problem for them. They face so much all in one day, and they can’t turn on their voice when they’re annoyed or want to ask a question at the end of the day. I truly am grateful for this experience.

It’s a lesson I’ll never forget and a greater appreciation. My respect defiantly goes out to those who don’t have all 5 senses. Respect- and be grateful for yours. 

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