James Burks (aka jaboutdoors) shares OURstory re: Oralism
making the invisible visible
Reposted with permission – thanks James.
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James gives his support to Audism Free America (AFA)* as they combat audism – especially Oralism which is a form of audism practiced via educational systems. He shares several experiences with audism and Oralism in his educational career.
Audism – the notion that to hear and/or behave as a hearing person is superior to being Deaf
Oralism – oral / aural ONLYism in educational systems that excludes and/or diminishes natural signed language in the quest to make Deaf children speak and hear like hearing people
Keep sharing your truths about Audism and Oralism folks. James – thank YOU
If you want to support AFA’s rallies july 21-23 but can not attend – see this vlog for ideas of what to do locally
*Audism Free America (AFA) is a grassroots Deaf activist organization in the US, which advocates for Deaf American rights, cultural resurgence, and seeks primarily to challenge the ideological foundations of audism in America. Audism is attitudes and practices based on the assumption that behaving in the ways of those who speak and hear is desired and best. It produces a system of privilege, thus resulting in stigma, bias, discrimination, and prejudice—in overt or covert ways—against Deaf culture, American Sign Language, and Deaf people of all walks of life. AFA is committed to: 1. human and linguistic rights of Deaf people 2. unmasking audism and media misrepresentation 3. advocating for future generations