(note: this summary paragraph has been revised 6/22/2011 based on the clarifications Miss Kat’s Mom provided in the comment section below)
In the previous People of the Eye blog entry replying to Mishka Zena’s valid question re: AG Bell Association trying to destroy Deaf culture – Miss Kat’s Mom (MKM) a blogger and commenter showed up and left a comment. MKM has a young Deaf daughter with bilaterial implants. Her daughter, Kat, has done the hopscotch dance of getting routed through various programs and technologies to try to return her to her hearing state of being (kat has progressive Deaf gain that fluctuates). Kat was in a bilingual-bicultural program in Utah and then in an oral / aural program, she did John Spencer Tracey clinic two summers ago and then in CID summer oral / aural only program (the nearly $3,000 tuition was reduced to $200 via a scholarship). MKM does alot of blogging promoting CIs and oral / aural programs. the family relocated from Utah to the east for an exclusively Oral/ Aural ONLY school.
that is just a summary so folks have some context re: MKM. if i have any errors in the summary – pls let me know.
below is MKM comment in the previous People of the Eye thread and my reply. (another comment from MKM came in while i was typing my reply but u can read that over in that thread if u so desire – see link above)
Me main point? We are on the move and they no likey! See u in DC in July folks. If you cant make it due to timing, distance, etc – organize something locally or just share your own experiences with Oralism – YOU and YOUR experiences are VALID folks. VERY valid.
It is mighty hard to move on when they won’t allow u to know where you have been or where u are standing. Got FEET folks – let’s move ’em on out!
The problem with this rant is that it is 99% focused on the past, rather than the future. For G-D sakes, MOVE ON! Parents don’t want to hear about what happened in1880 in Europe. WHat does that have to do with THEIR child born in 2011?
Second, the biggest myth that you are perpetuating is that the majority of people with a hearing loss use ASL. The fact simply do not bear that out. There are 32,000,000 people in the US with hearing loss, and between 300-500,000 ASL users (and that includes CODAs). The fact is, ASL users are a very small minority and there simply aren’t millions of dissatified oral adults “flocking” to ASL and the Deaf community.
MKM – you have incorrect info in your comment
1. 99% of this post is not about the past. a great deal of it is about current times and as MZ noted if we do not study history we are doomed to repeat it
WE DO NOT WANT A REPEAT OF reign of ORALISM (oral / aural ONLYism) – it failed then and it will fail again
2. Many parents DO want to understand the historical context and the TRUTH of what Deaf folks have been experiencing in CURRENT times as a result of Oralism
(note that in my post i did NOT focus on Milan 1880 at all – nice spinning there MKM)
3. No where did i say that the majority of folks with a hearing loss use ASL
my goodness MKM – what are u playing at?
smoke and mirrors skills – u have not. – we have our reading glasses on, our eyes and our hearts open
now re: “MOVE ON” – MKM we have every right to be outraged by that command of yours. i myself am not outraged because it saddens me more than outrages me and i also know its just a deflection technique and i am hopefully u dont sincerely mean to be telling Deaf folks not to care about their past, present or future even though it sounds like that is what u r saying.
i have seen MANY people say MOVE ON to Jewish people re: the Shoah – they say the Holocaust never happened or it never happened at the extent that folks try to say or they say other groups were persecuted and targeted too or…. and when folks bring out all the truths – the testimonies, the photos, the footage, the shoes, the tattoos, the gas chambers, etc etc then they resort to saying:
“Well, it happened a long time ago and Jewish people need to MOVE ON.”
Oh my heavens – that hurts me so much. I have had folks say this to my face and I am not Jewish – i am committed to sharing the true stories of survivors and those who perished (most especially of Deaf people because their stories are often lost or overlooked) and sometimes after i have shared – i will come face to face with someone who says – the Holocaust was a long time ago. Jewish people need to move on. The war ended 66 Years ago is considered a long time ago??????
130 years ago is a long time ago?????
the arrogance of humans on this planet that we measure things by our own life-time solely and not on the whole continuum of life on this planet
66 years, 130 years, 200 years – this is RECENT history in the grand scope of things
and the fact that these atrocities and injustices happened in modern / recent times is appalling and flabbergasting and that u, MKM, would suggest that we do not care about the fact that children were put into little black isolation rooms in their SCHOOLS, that children are CURRENTLY being isolated if they sign during lunch, that children sometime get shocks from their cochlear implants is….
we are talking about TRUE history
it is OURstory
and one is too many – and it is more than just one MKM
and we will not be denied the right to sing it
we will not be denied the right to sign
the two are interconnected and i see and i understand why u r trying to deny us this right just as the little girl in the 2nd video at kat’s school kept trying to deny the little boy in red from gesturing and signing during the concert
we will not be DENIED MKM
so yep we are not a majority but there are some folks who want to sign and they should have the right to (see little boy in red for a CURRENT example) and there are some folks who dont know they want it because they have never been afforded the opportunity and because the stigma associated with it may make them shun it
like when Jay Wyant, former board president of AG Bell Association, signed a few signs with Ruthie Jordan on a video and a member of AG Bell associate wrote in to criticize him for using signing.
Yep Mr Wyant too got his hands slapped for showing a wee few signs – an adult Deaf man with cochlear implants and the president of an association for Deaf And Hard of Hearing people was being criticized and chastising simply for demonstrating his wee knowledge of another language
what is up with that MKM?
how can we MOVE ON from that if u r all so busy denying that language bigotry – linguicism, phonocentrism, audism, and paternalism still exist TODAY?
u are welcome here at People of the Eye. just know it is a place of truths – not myth making or attacking or wagging the dog or the finger at us as if we are children of a lesser god – cuz we aint
i am being firm with love here cuz time is a wasting and breaking through some folks DENIAL requires being forthright and “speaking their language.”
MKM – we are moving on and we are on the move and that is REALLY what is upsetting you.
I gotcha (meaning i understand u) and i love u and Kat
waking up is hard to do.
ya basta – folks
NOTE: – i really do care for Miss Kat’s Mom so no attacking her or bringing in other crap about other folks. Come from love. Truth Force and Soul Force all the way.
See u in DC in July folks. – if u cant go to DC – vlog/blog/fb tweet on july 21-23 – be part of the river of righteousness – would ya, could ya, shoulda ya?
we be making the invisible visible