Back in the early '80's, I had a teacher who had some siblings who were born deaf and had 2 nephews who were brothers and attended my school. I vividly remember the time that Miss.D took my class ( just me and 2other boys- yeah a very small one!) out to her sister's (and the nephews') house.
What a rich learning experience it was for me. I was very inquisitive to know AND SEE how a whole family:deaf father,deaf mother,deaf sons and deaf daughter live(d). First question to my inquiring mind then was: how would they know that someone was at the door? A doorbell pressed, a few seconds later, a beaming ,friendly female face wearing two hearing-aids opened the door. I curiously entered with everyone else. A small girl of less than a year old (I am not very sure if she wore a body aid-those horrible hearing-aid that I so detested wearing which had to be worn right on the chest and housed in a 'bra'...yes bra!) sat in her high-chair and wasn't pleased at having her mealtime interrupted.
Whilst sitting down and engaging my hyper-inquisitive brain, I saw some flashing lights on the ceiling. I got to find out that those were alarms. Doorbell alarm. Telephone alarm. Baby alarm. And so on. I was really impressed! How innovative was that! I believe that they were using typetalk- telephone that enabled them to type rather than talk. Television in the UK had already featured subtitles at that time. This was a deaf family living independently. Mind you, this was in the early '80's. And I remember that her husband came back later in the evening FROM WORK.
This was about 3decades ago and technology is meant to have grown in leaps and bounds since then. So when ignorant people these days say things like deaf people,much less, deaf couples (and families) cannot live 'well' (whatever that means) independently, I usually tut-tut and roll my eyes.
Unfortunately I am presently in a country where stable electricity would put to absolute nought all the vain efforts of deaf people to live independently. One needs power to have the 'modern' but necessary equipment and live a pretty decent life as a human being. Call it selfish, I am advocating for stable power mainly on behalf of deaf people not for the general population. Come on now, understand the situation. What do you expect deaf people who rely on lip-reading and signing to do in the night when it is pitch-dark???!!! No, why not imagine yourself being with no sense of hearing and unable to see ( I have often imagined how deaf-blind people cope) in a dark environment? Highly frustrating. Very vexing. Deaf people are not animals. Create an enabling environment for them and more people will get to smile at the end of the day.
Demand for stable power!