Speaking of prejudice and discrimination that deaf people face, she added: “There are many barriers for deaf people because this world is built for hearing people. I was often rejected by taxi drivers when I tried to take a taxi.”
While Goh pointed out that modern technology like ride-hailing apps and live streaming technology has helped break down some barriers, she believes we still have a long way to go as a society toward inclusiveness.
“I also hope that one day Singapore recognizes SgSL as an official language and that people will be more aware and respectful of our language so that communication barriers will be reduced,” she said.
“Deafness is more than just hearing loss. It’s not a disability for me. It means many things: identity, culture, pride and community.
“For example, so many people use the term ‘hard of hearing’ to refer to us. This is considered highly offensive to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, as it could be perceived as a hearing impairment for people who are hearing impaired in some way. We are not here to be solved by hearing people,” she explained.
Speaking of her livestream work, she added: “I hope that with greater media representation, more deaf and disabled people will be included and seen, both in front of the camera and behind the camera, working in the crew as screenwriters and producers. Having authentic representation will go a long way in reducing misconceptions and myths.”