There is a little letter writing truth campaign going on to ring AG Bell Association’s bell and say “well hell, audism, Oralism, linguicism, phonocentrism, are not cool”
so what about you? do you want to send a letter too? Can be in ASL or an artwork or…. if you do and you’d like it shared here – send it along. If u have done but prefer it not be here – no problem.
thank u very much to all who have sent them something so far – we thank u for doing the right, just, and good thing.
Other letters and more context about the AG Bell Association mailing of unwanted and offensive temporary membership cards and letters at:
Ruthie Jordan – thank you forever STANDing for ASL, Deaf culture, bilingualism-biculturalism, and Deaf ethnicity. You Rock!
NOTE: and folks dont worry about the NYT editorial pieces – the bias is obvious and we will let them know that too is not cool. See Amy Cohen Efron’s important blog on this subject but read below first and if you havent done ur letter yet – pls do so even if it is just to say “howdy, we see u AG Bell and not cool”
————–Ruthie Jordan’s Letter to Alexander Graham (CEO of AG Bell) and Susan Boswell (Communications and Marketing Director)—–
Mon, Aug 1, 2011
In regards to your sending temporary memberships to teachers in Deaf programs, I would like to let you know that I am a D E A F professional and NOT A HEARING SPECIALIST. Do not ever send me any unwanted and insulting solicitation. I do not support oppressive organizations and have no intention of becoming a member of an organization such as AG Bell which promotes Oralism, Linguicism and Audism.
George Veditz, a former NAD President, communicated to AG Bell and your Association that Oralism was a failure and you have been an “enemy” for over 130 years. Again, what you are doing – oralism – is an UNETHICAL AND UNSUCCESSFUL business. Sending the temporary “Hearing Specialist” membership card to Deaf people is also disrespectful and abominable. Oralism -“Listening and Speaking”- has made Deaf children suffer emotionally and spiritually. For many, they feel their soul has been taken away by those who work for AG Bell.
Thus, I would like to remind you again: I am a Deaf professional who uses sign language and I am a culturally Deaf human being.
Please do not send any unwanted and insulting solicitation!