Obviously we all think in different ways, so I'm not sure if your post reflects how many in the Deaf community feel or not. But if so, it reflects an interesting difference. Blind people in general are more likely to prefer terms like "watch TV" and "did you see that" to be used because they're commonplace terms. We'd more likely be offended if they were not.
Thanks Russell, the whole issue of people being nervous to use visual language among blind people is a common source of social awkwardness.
It usually goes something like, "Did you see the documentary on TV last night?...Oh...I'm so sorry...I mean I know you couldn't *see the documentary, but...um...did you hear it on TV?"
I don't know a blind person who doesn't talk about "watching TV", and who doesn't use phrases like "I see what you mean".
It's complex though, because "see" and "understand" are often used interchangeably in the English language, so people often assume that if you can't physically see something, you can't understand it.
Agreed, I don't think we have a shortage of media-savvy disabled people. We have a press with almost no interest in ensuring our voices are heard and issues given appropriate coverage.
Cheers Adrian, I'd certainly love to attend if there were a work-related excuse to leave the capital. I hope the event goes well, it sounds like an excellent initiative.