I think it is very beneficial that we took the time in class to discuss a minority group that is largely overlooked when it comes to civil rights. Many people with disabilities wish they could go about the normal activities of their day without being treated as if they were different. This seems very obvious on one level, they have had to alter the way they do almost everything on a day to day basis in order to function in a world not specifically designed for someone with their disability. Feeling like an outcast, ostracized from the rest of civilization would be brutal for the basic human need of acceptance. I think if we present people with disabilities more frequently on television programs, without defining them by their disability, our society can move towards one in which people are not defined by their situation. In terms of the idea of deafness, I personally would consider this to be a disability. I know when we discussed this in class, the consensus was that these people have learned to adapt and don't wish to be viewed as disabled. In reality, I think that a lack of one of the most commonly used senses would qualify as disabled. I'm sure there is a certain amount of pride that goes along with being able to live without hearing in a world not designed for someone with that condition, but it would certainly make life more difficult and I think we should still be accommodating, though that does not mean that these people should be treated differently.