Resources for Deaf Communities

This page is dedicated to all Deaf communities worldwide,

including Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Late-Deafened. I’m aiming to provide accessible and relatable information for our Deaf communities, whether it is through a blog post or a video. Some resources will be written (and/or filmed) by guests too! You’ll find resources that may or may not apply to you. If you have any idea that you’d like to share, send me an email! 

Latest Posts

All the latest posts about travel resources for the Deaf communities.

Sign Language videos

If English isn’t your first language or reading isn’t your thing, there are some resourceful videos available in either American Sign Language (ASL) or International Sign! Videos include both closed captions and transcripts.

Travel resources for all

Connection.

Facebook

You may able to connect some via Facebook groups: Solo Deaf TravelersDeaf Travel CommunityDeaf Travel GroupTravel for Deaf / Viaje para las…sordos, and many more. Just Search “deaf travel” or explore with different words that you can come up with. Some of these groups may be inactive, and some I don’t personally tried it yet but recommend you to check it out.

Couchsurfing.

There are groups but it’s very few as most are inactive. One that is sometimes active is Deaf and Signing Couch Surfers.  

Instagram

Deaf Union – a community account for Deaf travelers

You can search via hashtag: #Deaftravel, #Deaftraveler#Deaftravelworld, #deaftravelworld_#deaftraveller, #deaftravelagent,#deaftravelagency, #deaftravelagent#deaftravels

Deaf version of Yelp app

Deaffriendly – ​based in the USA, it’s a business directory service and crowd-sourced review forum for the Deaf communities, just like Yelp, Tripadvisor or Google Reviews. 

Travel coaching provided through sign language!

  • The center of my chest has been aching almost all day today. It’s like a heavy rock sat on it. There is so many heartbreaking news that just have me questioning humanity.

In the USA too, there have been many mass shootings, ICE Raids & police brutality in the USA. I've even personally witnessed police brutality with my own eyes a few weeks ago (I'm not quite sure how to take that one in). Then the Kashmiris, the Uyghurs, the treatment that indigenous peoples get, the migrant caravan and, I mean, some people aren't really humane (or selectively humane). Such a disturbing reality.

I know we cannot forget that there are also so many good and genuine people; I hope that there are more and more of them will continue to rise to support others.
  • I cannot believe that it has been almost a year since I've left Taiwan, although I visited Taiwan very shortly 6 months ago for a flight back home.

During my first days in Taiwan (May 2018), I was walking around in Taipei, getting lost into areas that many tourists don't really go to. I saw this sweet elder who was smiling and gently rubbing his dog. He let me took a photo of him and his dog together after I asked him if I could. Although we didn't have verbal communication, we did exchange communication through photography. He smiled when he saw the photo of himself and his little loved one.

Taiwan, I'll never forget for many kindness moments you've shown me. 🇹🇼💕
  • We need more women that uplift one another. We need more women that don't clip others' wings or take the pleasure of seeing a broken wing of others.

There are times where I've been feeling defeated. My wings weren't strong enough, but partly it is because I have been living in fears. Traveling long-term helped strengthen my wings but let's not forget that the wings don't fly itself. I've been working on myself in the last couple of months, including my own anxiety. I was so anxious to attend Deaf Women United Conference - @deafwomenunited (which happened last week) that I was thinking to skip it. Having fatigue wasn't so helpful either.

And now? I am so glad that I did not. The Deaf women I have met (even so it's not so many as I expected of myself prior to the conference) were nurturing - as if they were watering to feed the flower inside me that I've neglected, especially the Deaf women that I've gone to the bars with and shared the table on the night of the gala.

They didn't judge me for sharing my vulnerability. My feelings weren't dismissed. These women, who I've only known for two days or 4 days, they listened. I felt that my soul was seen somehow where I feel comfortable with being who I truly am. These women, they gave me support, hope, and empowerment. Empowered women empowered me.

Because of this, we need more women like them. Women who empower other women who they don't even know. Women who aren't selective about whom to empower (based on their race, culture, religion, etc.). Women who understand when it is time to pass the mic and let marginalized women empower others too.

You, women/womxn, are amazing. 💪🏻💪🏼💪🏽💪🏾💪🏿
  • I was scrolling on a bike in a beautiful untouched area in Hoi An, Vietnam. A woman was walking down the path on the way (maybe) home from the local river.

There was something about her eyes and smiles, almost as if she wasgreeting me and showing me the beauty of Vietnam.

All I could imagine the stories that she probably went through, especially during and after the Vietnam war. However, whatever stories that I've imagined isn't her own narratives. It isn't her truth. And it’s also probably not my own damn business anyways. 
I thought about how we, women, have gone through so much that many (even ourselves)  forgot how strong, resilience and compassionate we all can be. I don’t know, sheesh, honestly I couldn’t think what caption to write for this lol but looking at this picture while I’m at the Deaf Women United conference, this are the thoughts and feelings I have currently.
  • Fears. We all have them. I have them. We commonly have something that clutter our paths because of our fears. We point at our fears as they’re all responsible for not letting us to walk down the paths. We often think the voices within are the truth, the sole truth. But it’s not always the truth. It’s the voice of oppressor.

But I’ve come to learn that it’s not really the fears that control or hold us back, It’s the attitude we have toward fears. We have to transform our relationship with our fears.

It’s not easy to do that but not impossible either. I’m on this journey now, navigating and transforming my relationship with my fears. 
#kissfisttravel #deafcantravel #deaftravel #deaftraveler #deaftraveller
  • I once got some questions from people on direct messages, "do you always wear makeup?" or "you're beautiful with makeup," "you look too tired" (when I don't wear makeup), etc. I even was raised to believe that women should "always dress nice." So I want to share a surprising reality for anyone who thinks every female traveler always dress up and wear makeup while traveling too: I don't always wear makeup while traveling (nothing wrong for those who do either!). I don't dress up daily as many people believe from what they're seeing on Instagram. There were some days when I was barefaced. Some days where I dressed pretty shitty - mi "ME VALE how you think I should dress like" attitude while traveling or taking photos (some days I do too). Some days when I was sick (like in this picture) or in a bad mood. Some days my hair can be so insanely frizzy (thanks humidity) that looked like I was electrocuted. Some days I was told that I had an embarrassing fashion. And some days, I face my insecurities about how I look too.

I don't have the "filtered" looks every day. This is part of travel, part of life. I'm a human being, not a doll for anyone to be customized as they please. I don't need to give in to others' expectation.

#kissfisttravel #deafcantravel #deaftravel #deaftraveler #deaftraveller #deaftravelworld_

We need to learn that the filtered looks aren't the only thing that is called beautiful.
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