It’s important to know if people feel awkward or uncomfortable around her because of her deafness.
Louise prefers to charm people with her personality and humor for a few minutes before mentioning that she’s deaf, but she’s sure to mention it soon.
Woman B: I honestly don't have a preference between uppercase and lowercase d/Deaf.
I see making a distinction between the two often divides the culturally proud Deaf from those who have a similar experience and shared oppressions, but are maybe not friends with tons of Deaf people or what have you (because of accessibility and other factors).
Louise says perhaps the most important quality both she and her boyfriend recognize is ‘The need to understand and be patient.
It’s harder to connect with someone and hit it off straightaway.