Over in another blog a blogger wrote
“…when Patti Durr did not answer questions in relation to the term deafhood within the California Association of the Deaf (CAD) Bylaws,…”
I tried to recall which questions she might have asked that i missed – there were 130 comments – and i tried my best to address her questions over in her thread to which she replied:
Patti, my questions were in #75, #77, and #79. It’s your blog, you chose to respond whichever fashion. Please do not answer these here. They should be answered over at your blog, if you so wish.
I wonder, tho… Does DH teach that deaf people need to be wary of the language of the world at large (English, in America)?
Everyone has a different writing style and I have my own speaking style. Fact is, it’s the way it is.
So here are my much wanted answers where they are supposed to be – i guess
NOTE: i have no idea what they are referring to above re: Deafhood and English – perhaps another myth spinning?
2. re: #75
i did answer part one in #95 no.2 but here it is again
my overlooked or insufficient answer:
well where are those minutes from 2005????– that is your own bloody HW not mine – im fine with Deafhood being in the bylaws and i would be thrilled to find out that paddy ladd himself flew to town special to propose its consideration
3. re: #77
many folks have commented on a definition of Deafhood and its inclusive nature etc but still you have insisted on spelling it with the lower case and trying to find one type of person who Deafhood might say – nah ain’t part of Deafhood so my question is do you really want to hear our answers or have you already decided what it means.
The way it is pretty much defined with in the OVERALL CAD bylaws is that – wow its good to be Deaf and ASL is cool and if you are hard of hearing, later deafened etc or use diverse communication u are part of CAD
I’m adding now:
THIS IS WHY THE CAD PUT THE WORD HARD OF HEARING IN THE BYLAWS E-L-E-V-E-N TIMES.
Pretty unusual move for folks who are trying to profile and discriminate against non-big D deaf folks, eh?
Please remember that it was theHolism’s letter that stated “We know for a fact that ‘hard of hearing’ term is no longer in the by-laws.”
this does not bother anyone? i really really really can not believe this
WHERE DOES THE BYLAWS SAY ANYWHERE – ORAL FOLKS MUST SIT IN THE BACK OF THE BUS. NON-SIGNERS USE THE DRINKING FOUNTAIN DOWN THE HALL. DEAF OF DEAF FAMILIES CAN ONLY BE OFFICERS? FOLKS WITH CI CAN NOT ENTER?
the AG Bell Association College scholarship requirements
aside from the deafness requirement it states:
Spoken communication must be the student’s primary mode of communication.
So if a person does not have spoken communication at all or as their primary mode of communication they are LEGALLY excluded from this scholarship.
They can but CAD can’t.
Under AG Bell chapter membership:
Be part of a network of parents, professionals and adults with hearing loss dedicated to promoting issues relating to hearing loss and spoken language at the local level and gain access to local resources. Find your state chapter or inquire about how you can start an AG Bell chapter in your state.
They can require folks be “dedicated to promoting issues relating to hearing loss and spoken language” but CAD can not require folks be dedicated to promoting Deafhood?????
Cuz there is a Deafhood foundation???? There are not hearing loss associations, there are no Deafness, Ear Institutes, Spoken Language centers, training programs, academies, certification processes, …
OH my gosh the top banner on the AG Bell site is an add for Bionic Ear but when u click it, it routes you to Advance Bionics
Isnt this the CI company that is facing a class action suit
wow – where is theHolism to perform his duty when you need him????
#79 Gamas question related to “why isn’t disability enough”
my answer cuz some folks would like to define themselves not by what they can’t do but rather by what they can do and what makes them unique as a cultural and linguistic minority
so the term “negro” and “colored” were legal terms and maybe the term racism wasn’t so much but some Black folks got together and got busy doing some marching and they got busy doing some peaceful sit ins and they got busy doing some affirmation and they got busy doing some examining of the unexamined and they found out – hey we can call ourselves African-American!
sure some folks said:
– dont rock the boat negro is just fine
– some said I dont know nothing about Africa – do not call me African-American
– some said not African-American geez it should be Afro-American
– and some said Black is beautiful
If ya all want to define yourselves as disabled and part of deafness that is your right. If you all want to be seen as disabled and your rights to always be framed around disability rights vs. human and linguistic rights that is your right BUT by insisting that Deafhood can not be part of bylaws or foundations, or organizations you are actually practicing discrimination and exclusion.
by the way i checked some other minority / cultural groups bylaws and they have phrases like – members will subscribe to the mission of the organization and the mission of the organization is about preserving and promoting their human, linguistic, cultural and social rights i.e. womanhood for the NOW, Black power for the NAACP and Deafhood for CAD
Hmmm im starting to think we need to lobby for the NAD to include Deafhood in its mission
big thanks for all this dialogue – i think i see the path now