To be quite frank, at first I did not want to go to the performance at Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind. Partly because I was feeling very tired and lazy that day and just wanted to get to my final destination. But also because of my own selfish reason of not being willing to put myself in a space with people who have disabilities that I do not encounter on a day to day basis. This is an encounter that I knew would provoke emotions and feelings that I selfishly did not want to deal with at the moment. However, when I arrived at my seat while the people played the drums, my selfish thoughts quickly vanished and instead I was filled with intense joy and appreciation. The loud sounds of the drum filled the room and managed to enter my heart, mind, body and soul. The two blind boys who played the drums played them with such passion ,determination, and intensity that they made it look effortless. This intensity and effortlessness reminded me of the intensity that the bands at HBCUs play at football games and other events like battle of the bands.
The dancers also blew me away. They had so much energy, confidence, and rhythm that it would be easy to forget that they are deaf. The smoothness and high energy of their movements was so captivating that it made me want to get up and dance and learn some moves from them. And although I was very very anxious, I enjoyed the fact that they engaged the audience in the dances and kept very encouraging and reassuring looks when dancing with us, despite the fact that some of us were not picking up the rhythm and movements. The confidence that they exuded coupled with their talent really made me rethink the negative way in which I view disabilities as a hindrance, and instead engraved in me that their slogan, “disability is not inability” is more than true. It is a reality for many people.
I enjoyed the performance and experience so much, I did not want it to end and did not want to leave. I felt so many emotions in that short span of time that I was there and at one point I had to fight back tears of both joy and sadness. It was an experience that I will always appreciate and will never forget. Hopefully one day I will be able to experience it again and also help out and donate to the future students of Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind.