“Enemies of the sign language,
they are enemies of the true welfare of the Deaf”
~ George W. Veditz
AG Bell’s position has not changed.
As clearly stated in their FAQ statement: https://www.agbell.org/Resources/Articles-Documents/View/AG-BELL-FREQUENTLY-ASKED-QUESTIONS-FAQS-ON-REVISED-LEAD-K-MODEL-BILL-AND-RELATED-AGREEMENT
From A G Bell’s statement:
Q. Has AG Bell’s position on Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) changed?
A. No. AG Bell’s position regarding LSL is the foundation upon which we exist and remains unchanged. We will continue to promote LSL for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing worldwide and provide related resources to parents who are interested in or have chosen an LSL approach, individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, and the professionals who serve them.
LSL = Listening and Spoken Language (its just AG Bell’s not subtle way of trying to make ORALism look like a language when it aint). So they be saying they are committed to oral/aural only and excluding sign language from Deaf children and their family’s lives.
AG Bell had to make this statement because their own members were not happy with them teaming up with LEAD-K and AG Bell reassures them by saying – no worries we are still committed to language bigotry all the way.
so…. keep all eyes on AG Bell and let them know “we are watching ya”
We know how you spin and twist. We know your wicked game.
For those who don’t, a wee re-cap.
AG Bell was a eugenicist with a bunch of contradictions.
1. he opposed Deaf teachers, the use of ASL in schools, and Deaf to Deaf marriages.
(while he himself was a signer and signed with his Deaf wife Mabel)
2. he blocked Gallaudet from having Deaf teachers in the normal college (teacher training program)
3. he pushed the oral method with a fanatical devotion despite it being a very abusive and audist system
4. he wrote his missive plotting the eradication of Deaf folks and their sign language https://archive.org/details/cihm_08831/page/n5 & funneled his money, prestige, power and privilege into making his dream a reality. How? see the organization that still bears his name and their commitment to all things oral/aural
from AG Bell’s FAQ on LEAD-K and AG Bell agreement:
AG Bell continues to focus on its mission “working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk.”
NOTE: “hear and talk” is not the issue – its their agenda of doing the “hear and talk” at all cost bit, which is their deal – its what they do and that’s why LEAD-K had to add all that “spoken English only” stuff.
5. he most likely stole the phone – ie it wasn’t his invention – he plagiarized and bribed and lied and manipulated. Hero – he is NOT. (See the Telephone Gambit by Seth Shulman). Tsk tsk tsk Alex – trix are for kids. You will be exposed someday and school kids everywhere will stop studying about how wonderful u were because deceit is not sweet.
Now before all the apologists and revisionists show up to say – “well, that was a long time ago” or “well, the AG Bell Association doesn’t believe the same ideals as AG Bell did” or…
whatever other myth-a-making u want to follow, let us just say this:
The AG Bell Association reeks of language bigotry – always has and always will.
Want proof during modern times that AG Bell Association does not accept Deaf folks right to be multilingual – multicultural, see any one of their recent transgressions.
A sampling of AG Bell’s Association displaying their prejudice against ASL & Deaf people.
– AG Bell protesting Deaf folks being on TV (NBC Experiment in Television) (1967)
– AG Bell protesting Deaf folks being in a Pepsi commercial (2008)
– AG Bell sending out offensive and unwanted membership cards to teachers of the Deaf (2011)
– AG Bell getting all pissy about Nyle DiMarco positively promoting bilingualism (2016) (published letter from AG Bell’s President Sugar http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/ag-bell-dispelling-myths-deafness/2016/04/02)
– All the many many lies AG Bell told our parents
There are many many many more examples. The point is? our leaders should not be making agreements with an organization that oppresses and continues to reaffirm its commitment to being oral/aural only. and…
AG Bell – we is watching u! Happy new year.
“Let us declare to the entire world that the deaf will not be crucified on the cross of a single method.”
~ James L. Smith