All Eyes Book Theme

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All Eyes: A Memoir of Deafness
Themes

Belonging and Acceptance Bainy B. Cyrus (2010) uncovers that the search for who we are is driven by a need to find our place in the world and that a sense of belonging arises from identity and inner experience. The book in its entirety is a catalogue of this theme, with its conclusion describing how the author through her work as a Disability Coach, helps others towards their journey of belonging and acceptance (Cyrus, 2010, pp. 111-126).
Communal Attachment As evidence of a growing sense of attachment to the Deaf community, Cyrus details becoming increasingly engaged with Deaf and deaf people and her decision to learn American Sign Language (ASL) (Cyrus, 2010, pp. 112-125). This theme is explored
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This is apparent when Cyrus (2010) remarks on the success of her hearing-deaf marriage and then follows this with the proclamation that because she had to assert her right into the hearing-world, she would not “throw it all away by marrying a deaf guy” (p. 122). The sentiment expressed in this quotation compellingly represents the power of narrative accounts to provide phenomenological understanding of disability (Malhotra & Rowe, 2014). The ambiguity itself forces the reader to consider why this condition is in existence and what change is warranted (Polletta, 2009, pp. 32-53). Nevertheless, it can still be argued that by subscribing to this condition; the author has potentially strengthened the condition where it exists (Polletta, 2006, pp. …show more content…
This understanding will help me to value all people, disabled or otherwise, as "requisite variety” supports humanity to understand itself and its world (Wheatley, 1994). On a very practical level, one implication for practice has been to subscribe to blogs and channels that consider experiences of negotiating disability. Another has been to alter my initial assessment template to open discussion to questions of identity. Finally, I have recently submitted a proposal to my management for home visiting for people with mobility restrictions, potential removing some real-world barriers to engagement in counselling. The aforementioned are important because they have the potential to effect micro-level social change (Degener,

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