“We must have the spiritual audacity to assert our somebodyness.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr
Warning – my spell check is not working (OMG pure badness) and im in a rush so im sure LOTS of typos and incoherence in places – will try to tidy it up later
wow wee – the Deaf world is a rumbling
& when we say world – we truly mean world – as in global as big ole marble called the planet earth (geez i wish we would take better care of her)
so what am i talking about re: the Deaf world – no i aint gabbering about Ms. Marlee and what she done right and didnt do right. It aint that i dont care about her its just YAWN – i am not a reality tv show kinda gal. and i am not a celebrity click click click chick either – ie i didnt even know that Prince whatever oh william got married until i saw it on FB
re: Marlee – all i got to say is GET YOURSELF to the Tilden Walk/Run for Deaf Humanity – if u got another gig that day at least get a bunch of sponsors to toss some money there way – u r very persuaive. Im sure that trump would be happy to write a check or two in ur name. Starkey – NO THANKS. Seriously girl. Divest urself from that mess. they do not need u and u do not need them. Eject, eject.
now the Deaf-World a rocking
well folks its largely due to the fact that the 2nd wave of Oralism (“WTF – not again” we say – wasn’t once enuf?) is full-force now – at least it is picking up steam and making itself a bit more OVERT and BUSTABLE. Mask has come down here and there and we r seeing the wicked witch behind the scenes.
now by Oralism we mean – a system, practice and belief that to TALK is superior to signing and thus BANS signing. and this belief and attitude is RAMPANT and has been for a mighty bloody long time and all it has left it its wake is:
– some folks who can yap (yaddy hoo ha so what)
NOTE: i can hear and speak a great deal – it is no big deal. it just is. the problem is not with what a person can or does not do – the problem is how the person is treated because they can or don’t – that there is the issue and ORALISM is an extreme approach that EXCLUDES sign language from the living rooms, classrooms, and lunch rooms of Deaf kids and that aint cool.
– some folks who yap but ouchie on the ears (they are unintelligible to the average uninitiated listener but they 1. dont know it or 2. cant stop it cuz they have been co0nditioned “ordered to speak” – see peter cook’s cool poem on this subject – yes he too is a survivor of oral / only ism. WTF u say – this guy whose bread and butter is ASL performance was raised oral / aural only YEP! odd, eh?)
– some folks where physically, emotionally, culturally, spiritually HURT on the way to the quest for the near hearing-like existence (wrapping of hands with rulers – knuckles or palms, hands bound, kneeling while hold stacks of books, SOLITARY CONFINEMENT – this was a popular one – little black rooms or moprooms, badges for good speech, points docked for bad speech or for signing, sitting in the corner little jackie and jillie horner why? cuz u did what came naturally – u pointed, u gestured, u disobeyed, naughty naughty etc etc)
still happens today folks – dont tell me it dont. i thought it didnt but reports from Deaf oral school survivors tell me they get punished for pointing at a poster (all together now folks WTF!) and they are forbidden to sign or gesture during lunch – YES this is happening in 2011 in the US of A. so how is that for OPTIONS folks
(for one near u – see map of options schools – meaning a program that actively DENIES a Deaf child the option of gesturing or signing even during lunch or while walking down the hall)
but the worst abuses of ORALISM is LANGUAGE DEPRIVATION and STIGMATIZATION / COLONIZATION
educational systems that basically CREATE feral children – WTF folks!
so pls do NOT confuse the ability to speak or having been raised orally with U being oralism. U r not what u were raised
ORALISM is the system. Folks who oppose oralism are NOT opposing u. They are not even opposing your parents, they are not even opposing your teachers – they are saying the SYSTEM of Oralism sucks and #ucks with u and should STOP
so hear it comes again (the system is messing up your mind an fillin up your senses with a bunch of crap)
don’t believe me – well skeptism can be good at times but down right IGNORNACE s not cool and DENIAL SUCKS (yes i see u naysayers – lord u r tiresome and so so so out of tune with reality)
so proof that the 2nd wave is a cometh and we r not just hollow may 21st town cryers:
1. AVT audioverbal therapy is the rave even though it has been around since the 1970s and hasnt improved Deaf kids literacy skills or mainstreamability
and the byproducts of AVT often remark on how much they hated it. some even cringe when u mention that wittle fan thingy that u hold up over the lips so the acoustics come through but no cheating but usiing ur eyes to lip read (yes they actual manufactor and SELL such a “device” but others use their hands to cover their lips – yes irony of irony – u cant point or gesture but the oral pathologist CAN use her/his hand to DENY u even a smudgeon of access via ur eyes by covering ur lips) ahhhh torture in the 21st century
who said water boarding was not legal?
its for their own good – its “therapy”
oh really so why do so many byproducts of this therapy need THERAPY later?
2. cochlear implants are RAMPANT and there are problems
big problems folks – recalls, lemons, infections, deaths, explanting, re-implanting, effacicy?, data problems – like why dont they work consistently, reliably and well?
Yeah sure they got some star pupils who get lots of PERKS in exchange for their promotion of the device but there are far more who have had less then stellar and less than luke warm results
why isnt anybody tracking the rate in which folks JUNK their CI?
and how does one JUNK their CI when it is inside their HEADS?
headaches, dizzyness, skin breakdown, magnet dissenigration, LANGUAGE DEPRIVATION (say the word “hotdog” say the word baseball” but mommy i want to say I Love you in ASl and i want to say #uck off to the oral pathologist (ie SLP)
but i cant cuz she keeps smiling at me with th creepy RED lipstick im not allowed to lip read and the freaky monkey in the audiologist booth is creeping me out and … ok ok “icecream” – i sssssssccccccccrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmm
3. Deaf schools – the Auditory Industrial Complex is taking them over. if the govt aint trying to close them down due to budget cuts, the AIC are trying to rule them. See Brazil, Newfoundland Canada, NY 4201, Indiana, etc etc
now dont think this is crazy talk well take a look at how Wisc had an ORAL school law – thank u Frank Booth (a CODA himself – yep wolves in sheep clothing we got! see AG Bell) See PA push for Oral only. When they didnt legislate it formally they institituted it De Facto
and hence we had the reign of error for a might long time across the globe. Since it was an abysmal failure after a hundred years +, signing got reintroduced but in very BIZARRE and unacademically sound forms – SEE, SEE II, Sim-Com, LOVE, MCE, Cued Speech – u name it crude and yuck.
Sure there too were some success stories but all these WEE successes are largely attributed to:
love of reading
there are a million other factors like social economic background, education level of parents, geography, time periof birth, etc etc but the 2 above are the biggy – dont matter what language u r gonna use or DENY
now back to the point of DENYING – it is WRONG to deny sign language to Deaf kids. plan and simple ICED 2010 New Era and Accord of the Future clearly states that so STFU and stop that #hit NOW
no more shoving it into legislation and school board etc
EHDI – we have to watch this BIG time folks HUGE TIME
see France – they are NOT happy
EHDI is being used and abused as a gateway mandate to implanting and oral/aural only
they will only relinquish their choke hold on the children until they are beyond repair ie a failure then they will send them ur way and u have to try to undue the damage of language deprivation POST- the window of acquisition (about 5 yrs old)
#uck – havent we been there and done that?
yes sure some CI work well and help the kids talk and hear ALOT
but they are still WORKING for their words and there are still RISKS with CI soooo why all these efforts when there is something that they are entitled to
that must be looked at folks – look at it hard
i aint saying deny the kids a right to listen or speak – i am saying DO NOT deny them the right to sign
yet we do all day and every day and in every way – slap, hit, yell, isolate, accommodate, regulate, click on and off (yes CI are now operated by remote control by the parents and teachers)
4. Legislation – Language and the Right to be … Deaf
Italy has the insanity to try to demote Italian Sign Language (LIS) to a Language of Mime and Gestures (LMG)
and who is pushing for this demotion? FIADDA (an AG Bell-like Italian organization)
UGH and CRUDE
everybody now – WTF
UK – already passed legislation saying u can not implant a gamet that u know to be Deaf
Tracking mandates – states across the US demand bloodwork on infants to track them re: Deaf genes
CDC and NIH have some MAJOR creeply language when it comes to discussing Deaf babies and people
so those are the WTFs – there are more but im getting depressed so lets move on to the Ya Hoos shall we?
folks are waking up
i LOVE the Deaf community
i love ya – i really do. u rock. when u r pissed – geez u get busy (yes i know that it takes alot to get u pissed and this is unfortunate but when u wake up u really do WAKE the #uck up so lets just focus on that – the positive)
– LIS Si LMG No – wow im speechless but thankfully we r not signless
see grumpy old deafies (TU Alison Bryan!!!)
see Respect and Recognize Global Signing Community (TU Amy Cohen Efron)
see Stop the Discrimination about the world of the deaf!
– NAD – National Association of the Deaf
the NAD is rocking the house. I know i know they aint answered Joey Baer yet that i know of but they have been doing MORE than just advocating for captioning lately. Do do?
– STRONG letter re: John T. Williams murder by a Seattle Police officer – family won $1.5million in civil settlement
– Postion on Deaf schools – see their posts and Howard Rosenblum (CEO) vlog
– Letter re: LIS situation
– Rosenblum and Shane Feldman attend LIS protest at Italian Embassy in DC
and more – ya hoo!
NOTE: Rosenblum has only been CEO since APRIL – this is rocking folks!
– CSD Fremont new supt
seriously how did that third choice get in there. just safety issues alone – come on! but u took care of it. good for u – fingers crossed for the best. and GEEZ where are the ladies???? come on Deaf-world start grooming and empoweringDeaf Women. if this is gonna forever be an Old White Boys network – you are loosing more than HALF of your potential – Deaf Women and Deaf folks of Color (Male and Female) rock – just start creating worthy opportunities and selecting worthy candidates
– Indiana School for the Deaf
oh please that is just so lame and wrong – the appointment of three folks who are CLUELESS about bilingualism-biculturalism and endorse and support programs that EXCLUDE sign language. UNQUALIFIED, UNQUALIFIED, UNQUALIFIED and insulting and unjust and wrong and geez governor Daniels! how about we put three people on your cabinent that no comprenda English and infact they think English is not a good idea for their own children – enjoy have fun and look forward to ur all working together. im sure u will be able to accomplish alot together
click, sign (u might have to register and click again), and circulate
AFA has been circulating this for a while but it was set up before some more friendlier online petition systems emerged so it has the same one up in Change.org – have over 2,000 signatures in the old form and hard copy.
Some of the signatories are big named Deaf and Hearing folks
the petition is just, right and fair. some folks have been weary to sign – they say “its sticky”
they say cuz folks will think they are against CIs -and/or against folks who have CIs
Truth is – signing the petition shows that you CARE for folks who have CIs and you care about CIs – we need answers not ignornace, not denial, not heads in the sand. There are problems with CI – that are not by and large horrific – THANKFULLY but they are present and some SYSTEMS are working MIGHTY hard to cover up these problems and working MIGHTY hard to sell these devices and make the govt foot the bill and soon they will be stripping away folks with CIs right to other accommodations because they will say – u can not have ur cake and eat it too. Dont believe me? it has already begun – i seen it and i aint lying.
We sign for them and for the future babies. It is the right and just thing to do.
Pls sign and circulate to all ur friends and all ur hearing family members and…. on and on. We do not want to look back at the end of this reign or error and see we did NOTHING!
– Upcoming Conferences and Activism
– Folks speaking out:
there are alot of amazing voices out there – in vlogs / in blogs etc etc but two blogs crossed me path that have alot of authenticity and make my heart sing
they make it ouch too cuz the truth does hurt sometimes but they r important – i hope u will read them
(TU mishkazena Elizabeth)
– Hey YOU! YES, YOU! (TU Deafjeff Jeffrey)
– Nancy Rourke is pumping out great Deaf-centered Artwork (and no i aint just saying that cuz she saved me when i had dispair) She rocks – i said it before and ill say it again. All artists that make works about us – affirmation and resistance totally feed my soul. (the role of the artist is to disturb the peace ~ james baldwin. false peace he meant. we r blessed to have many GREAT Deaf artists)
there are more rays of hope but the outdoors calls
Keep shining folks
Keep jumping at the sun
this is gonna be a LONG HARD haul
The Civil Rights Movement in the US took several decades and was several hundred years in the making
Do not dismay – truth and love win – think of it always (loosy paraphrased from Gandhi)
NOTE: this is not a place for bringing up other old issues or for dissing any of the above folks. take it up in ur own spaces.
NOTE 2: i have named alot of folks here but there are MANY unsung heros – folks who drove hours to attend a rally on wed, folks who looked in basements for conulates, folks who wrote letters, folks who made vlogs, folks who uttered prayers, folks who took walks, folks who forwarded links, folks who woke up and said “what can i do?” and did something!
thank you – i see u
Signmark – Against the Wall