When People Mix Up Being Deaf And Blind ft. Tommy Edison

  • Deaf TVclipr, Rikki Poynter, and blind TVclipr, Tommy Edison, talk about their experiences being deaf and blind, and how hearing, sighted, and abled people tend to mix the two disabilities and get them confused. They share stories about how abled people have given deaf people Braille menus at restaurants, and how they’ve been offered wheelchairs simply because of deafness and blindness. Watch the video to find out more stories!
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Comments • 80

  • TritanicWolf
    TritanicWolf 3 months ago

    What people are hearing aids prescribed to and how do they improve hearing?

  • 4wheeling sleding brapp
    4wheeling sleding brapp 3 months ago +1

    Sweet video love it

  • El Othemany
    El Othemany 4 months ago

    " what is he gonna have?" really? People can be that dumb to say sth like this??

  • Jeffrey Gillespie
    Jeffrey Gillespie 7 months ago

    The only way to learn is by asking questions. When a toddler points to a wheelchair user, the parent immediately yells at the kid and says that’s rude. The parent is actually being rude to the child. The child is only asking a question in his/her way.

  • huggleskuishy
    huggleskuishy 7 months ago +1

    The reason that guy at the airport asked if you wanted a wheelchair is because some salty deaf person demanded it one time, and now its their job to ask everyone so they don't get in trouble

  • Alana Flynn
    Alana Flynn 7 months ago

    I want to confirm that if someone types "dead" instead of "deaf," it's almost guaranteed just a typo. The F and D are right next to each other, and I made The Typo to a friend just a couple weeks ago.... 🤦‍♀️
    Thanks for the great videos!

    ANONYMOUSCRACKER 7 months ago


  • Morgan Thompson
    Morgan Thompson 7 months ago

    You have such a Beautiful voice

  • D M
    D M 7 months ago

    I think people in airports should be trained on how to assist people according to their disability.

  • Blue Carbon
    Blue Carbon 7 months ago

    The way you know to stop wiping is bidet.

  • Aim Merge International

    Rikki is pretty

  • Natural Killer
    Natural Killer 8 months ago

    I got here from Tommy's vídeo, and got to his video from a TVclip recommendation, I'm so glad to discover this channels, I'm not blind or deft thanks God, but i do not know why i found this kind of videos so interesting.

  • blumberg1982
    blumberg1982 8 months ago

    My boyfriend who is blind has gotten ALL of those multiple times over.

  • ̊Luna_Wolf ̊
    ̊Luna_Wolf ̊ 8 months ago


  • Mike Youtube
    Mike Youtube 8 months ago

    God, I love this guy. So positive and hillarious to boot.
    The deaf woman is adorable by the way.

  • lana cooper
    lana cooper 10 months ago

    I think the dead and deaf thing is an autocorrect thing

  • Pinkus Floydus
    Pinkus Floydus 11 months ago

    I find Rikki absolutely stunning. I could watch/ listen to her speak for hours.

  • GRBTutorials
    GRBTutorials 11 months ago +1

    To those who offer you wheelchairs, you should have replied: “You seem to be confusing some terms. Do you need a -dictionary- wheelchair?”

  • meyoumeyou7789
    meyoumeyou7789 11 months ago

    When he said “we must all look the same,” it kinda broke my heart 😢

  • Jim
    Jim Year ago

    3:00 Tommy makes a great joke, but you need to put yourself in his mindset to get it.

  • Bert Visscher
    Bert Visscher Year ago +1

    Such misconceptions about disabilities(!) It would never occur to me. Having said that, could it be explained as their way to account for potential disabilities which can't be seen?
    4:42 I agree completely, which reminds me of the tendency some parents show to silence their child if they ask about someone with a disability.
    Thank you to the four of you!

  • Nikki Matthys
    Nikki Matthys Year ago

    I’m in a wheelchair and it’s seem that any time an adult starts asking about my wheelchair the first thing out of their mouth is when was your accident um no I wasn’t in an accident I was born like this why is that if someone sees someone in a wheelchair they automatically think they were in some kind of accident it drives me crazy

  • Tierra
    Tierra Year ago

    Anyone else think Andrea looks like Claire Wineland?!

  • AlterMannCam
    AlterMannCam Year ago

    I think the constant assumption for the need of a wheelchair comes from how synonymous the image of a person in a wheelchair is with any disability. At least in the US. Usually when you hear "disabled" I think most people go straight to thinking of the plaques outside bathrooms depicting the "handicapped" stalls or the parking spaces.
    We need a better universal sign/image to associate disabilities with so we get away from the wheelchair mania.

  • Kate Breuer
    Kate Breuer Year ago

    It's amazing how little people know about different disabilities. There is a lot of education needed. Thanks for the fun video!

  • klandersen42
    klandersen42 Year ago

    I know that people confuse deaf and mute all the time. They are more related than deaf and blind. How do people mix up not being able to see with not being able to hear? Are they deaf and blind? AS Tommy says often in his videos "I don't get it. I just don't get it."

  • klandersen42
    klandersen42 Year ago

    What are they teaching in schools that people ask these weird questions that they should already know the answer to?

  • Cynical Clusterfuck

    But.. How does she have that great of an accent? English isnt my native language, but I did not expect a deaf person to have a better accent than me!

    • Rikki Poynter
      Rikki Poynter  Year ago

      Because it is my native language and I've been speaking it since I was a toddler.

  • Diane Zimmerman
    Diane Zimmerman Year ago

    When i worked retail, I was manning the fitting room one day.
    A deaf woman came in, who could speak. She also signed to me. And even though I knew better, I found myself speaking louder to her. It's kinda like talking to little kids. It's so hard not to use that higher-pitched voice with them. Even though it's condescending.

  • Diane Zimmerman
    Diane Zimmerman Year ago

    Ooohhhh. I love to see the sign for wiping yourself!

  • Always Good
    Always Good Year ago +1

    I have a genuine question and I know it may be kind of offensive but what is someone Who is death and blind? My nan educated answer is mute but as a child my grandmother used to give out when I called my siblings dumb she used to say not to make fun of the unfortunate how would you like to be blind and death but I am not sure if it was just my grandmother and one of them things I do not mean to be offensive Ginuwine would like to know the terminology sorry

  • Jon A
    Jon A Year ago

    Rikki I’m single and ready to mingle.

  • Lila
    Lila Year ago

    once i said ear blind and eye deaf in the same sentence.

  • Maxon Mendel
    Maxon Mendel Year ago

    “As you can see...” Tommy can’t

  • Yason You
    Yason You Year ago

    This is baffling to me. How truly STUPID must you be to see a person look you in the eyes and do sign language, and decide that they are blind?

  • Onyx
    Onyx Year ago

    The wheelchear is proboly to be nice. If you blind they may ask to help you move faster.

  • Jannat Yaro
    Jannat Yaro Year ago

    Tommy should does synchronizations. His Voice is awesome 😃👍🏽

  • Jack Meadows
    Jack Meadows Year ago

    rikki don't avoid the question
    how do you know when to stop wiping

  • dragonacid16
    dragonacid16 Year ago

    So I know a lot of people who can't hear death and deaf as different words. They even say them both the same (usually as death). It confuses me often when they say death when they mean deaf sometimes.

  • JustARandomRDFan
    JustARandomRDFan 2 years ago

    I've never heard of these kind of mistakes before XD

  • Sussso
    Sussso 2 years ago

    Your so cute

  • Eduard Ritok
    Eduard Ritok 2 years ago

    you are such a cute people !! :D I laughed so good :D

  • x.adam1 . . .
    x.adam1 . . . 2 years ago

    @Rikki Poynter, I was just compelled to compliment your beauty. You are so sweet and adorable. Not to mention very easy on the eyes. I love your smile, its contagious. Thank you for allowing us to feed off of your positive vibe. 🙂

  • Korruptor
    Korruptor 2 years ago

    I'm here from Tommy's page. I think you're cute :) ... and Rikki is cute too XD (Tommy-style joke lol)

  • Sharkie
    Sharkie 2 years ago

    This is hilarious. People really do this......?

  • Drunken Master
    Drunken Master 2 years ago +1

    You r really cute and attractive rikki ! Saw u once ..nd just attracted :)

  • Aupixa
    Aupixa 2 years ago

    Randomly recommended love this

  • dislikedkiller
    dislikedkiller 2 years ago

    OMG Tommy is such a comedian LOL. . . that wiping bit was hilarious.

  • Evil Morty
    Evil Morty 2 years ago +1

    You are so beautiful. Marry me? 😍😍😍😘😚

  • Jasper Chen
    Jasper Chen 2 years ago


  • Jacob Foster
    Jacob Foster 2 years ago +1

    You are so amazing

  • Joy Elizabeth
    Joy Elizabeth 2 years ago

    about the guy who asked if she wanted a wheelchair...Does he walk on his ears????? FUNNY!!!!!!!

  • Dorian
    Dorian 2 years ago

    D and f are next to each other on the keyboard, so

  • Smell My Finger
    Smell My Finger 2 years ago +1

    I would treat her like a queen!

  • Smell My Finger
    Smell My Finger 2 years ago +1

    Wow she is beautiful!

  • Kathy Bramley
    Kathy Bramley 2 years ago +1

    From a dyspraxic and social anxiety sort of perspective, I have some empathy if sometimes it's a crossed wire rather than reckless ignorance, on the other had, I'd like to hope I get it, I do empathise.

  • Karen Eitschberger
    Karen Eitschberger 2 years ago

    I get people talking slower and treating me like I'm stupid. I'm hard of hearing 😁

  • Makaylaaa _ Jeannn
    Makaylaaa _ Jeannn 2 years ago

    Exactly when my grandma travels (she's blind ) they make her sit in a wheel chair, she always tells them to leave her alone she doesn't like them at all

  • Liam A
    Liam A 2 years ago

    If Tommy was the same age as Rikki. I'd think they'd be dating

  • laartje24
    laartje24 2 years ago

    I have one question to the blind people if I may: How do you ride the bus? I was once with someone with an eye condition that could see a colour blur but no more and he was allready strugeling not beeing able to read the timetable or to recognise the numbers on the busses. How do you solve this if you are compleatly blind?

    • Evieteresa
      Evieteresa Year ago

      laartje24 An Orientation and Mobility specialist would teach the person who is blind transportation needs like the bus with the cane (or dog guide).

  • twohanded1488
    twohanded1488 2 years ago

    Thanks, now I know how to avoid hurting the precious feelings of the handicapped folks.

  • TheBlueArcher
    TheBlueArcher 2 years ago

    3:35 God, autocorrect. I hate it, It's helpful because typos happen on phones so much and it's good to just think "oh autocorrect will fix that" instead of erasing and typing again... But damn, sometimes I type the CORRECT word, and it will show the correct word on the suggestions too, and yet, it will take another choice once I hit space. Makes no sense...

  • ShaneDeeZee
    ShaneDeeZee 2 years ago

    It's a real shame when people aren't paying attention to what is going on around them. They can see perfectly but have no vision; or they can hear perfectly but won't listen. I think Helen Keller said something like that.

  • SuperSonic2324 YT
    SuperSonic2324 YT 2 years ago

    at one point in the video the audio quit now I know what it's like to be deaf...

  • Tori Viar
    Tori Viar 2 years ago

    I swear the people at the airport are trained to offer a wheelchair to anyone the mentions that they are "disabled".

  • Anas saleh
    Anas saleh 2 years ago +18

    She is really cute

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 2 years ago

    I am an amputee and I have never been asked of I need a wheel chair, not even once! Now you'd think I would need a wheel chair more than a deaf or blind person, but no one as ever asked me that.
    To be fair if I'm wearing long pants you can't really tell I have a missing leg, so they only ever know at the security gate when I explain why I'm setting off their detectors.
    I did have a woman bump into me once with a shopping cart. It didn't hurt and was not a big deal but she noticed my limp as she walked off and stated screaming at me about faking a limp.
    I just explained calmly why I had a limp then walked off. It was more funny than annoying though.

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor 2 years ago +1

    2:00 I was in a restaurant once and I saw a couple having a VERY intimate and private conversation in sign. I wrote a note and gave it to the waitress with the instructions to give it to the, but not say who it came from.
    The note simply said, "Never assume you are the only two people who know ASL when you're in public."

  • Jay Right
    Jay Right 2 years ago

    Hi Rikki! It's inspiring to watch two individuals with disabilities so blessed and funny. I am visually impaired and I often think that people take their conditions to serious! Stay blessed

  • Narya Oswald
    Narya Oswald 2 years ago

    A wheelchair? What?! I mean, I never thought about a deaf os blind person needing a wheelchair! What were they thinking about?! xD

  • SWFC Connor
    SWFC Connor 2 years ago

    you have an amazing channel

  • Andy Freeman
    Andy Freeman 2 years ago


  • stewartthehuman
    stewartthehuman 2 years ago

    So people mix up deaf and death? I know how to fix that.

    Have you ever tried a seance?

  • Harvey Abel
    Harvey Abel 2 years ago

    I'm sighted, but it's not like I LOOK when I wipe in the bathroom!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 2 years ago

    you're gorgeous rikki !

  • Jessi on the Go
    Jessi on the Go 2 years ago

    I only skimmed the comments, but I can offer some explanation for the wheelchair thing (if no one else has). Some people with disabilities who are otherwise mobile feel anxious in a crowd, where they can't hear if someone is about to bump them, or see to navigate. a wheelchair assist at an airport can help alleviate this, and they ask everyone so that you (general you) don't have to feel uncomfortable asking for it. I'm also wondering if there is some liability to an employee guide walking instead of pushing the chair.

  • Snova
    Snova 2 years ago

    Recently I've had to wipe myself in the dark for two days in a roll. Those automatic lights turn off too soon.

  • Eleri Williams
    Eleri Williams 2 years ago

    The deaf/death thing can be really funny. When I was little I had trouble pronouncing 'f's and 'th's differently, so when people asked why I had a hearing aid I would say "Because I'm death". Got some entertaining reactions.

  • Kirsty Woods
    Kirsty Woods 2 years ago

    love your tshirt!! where did you get it from?