Michael Daniels Posted about 2 years ago Greatness lies in converting our disadvantage to advantage. Tell your story. First off- Helen Keller was NOT deaf and dumb. That is an old, outdated term used to bring down the Deaf. Sorry. I saw that and jumped on it. I am deaf. I am not dumb. I can talk. My English may be crappy, but I'm working on it. My story is like a hearing persons, kinda. I grew up Hard of Hearing (not hearing impaired. I am and was NOT impaired.) I had hearing aids. Got Deaf as time passed. Hearing people pitied me, hated me, or avoided me as if I had a contagious disease. A few were nice. And I am with the Deaf now. We are like the hearing but we are a minority. Anyways, there's a short story of my life.