Britain’s largest national student union, the National Union of Students (NUS) - which includes most university student unions, has told attendees of its annual conference they would face “consequences” for cheering and clapping because these forms of expression exclude deaf people.
Beside the fact that the creation of sound produces sound waves which absolutely can be felt by the hearing-impaired, the idea that deaf people cannot engage in applause and cheering is in and of itself insulting to the non-hearing.
One of the most important aspects of engaging with those who have disabilities is to understand that they detest being treated differently from others. It is that "special" accommodation mentality that actually creates a different class to which they are condemned. It is the most insulting thing anyone can do to someone who has a disability, period, dot.
It is well past time that students, especially college students, realize that they know less than they do. It is for that very reason they are in school. To entertain demands from individuals who haven't had the opportunity to attempt surviving in the real world is the definition of "enabling."
It is time for students world-wide to think before they speak and act, and - preferably, come to the conclusion that they do not know it all and it is their time to consume information rather than issuing dictate.
Their inane protestations and assumptions, well, they just prove how little they know...