Good News from the North – Canadan Progress

A while back at People of the Eye – we posted about Audism in Canada

Several of the issues have now made progress

Good News #1:

The student protests at the Centre Jules-Leger, a multilingual (LSQ, French, & English school for the Deaf) were a success in showing that the hiring of a new principal was unjust due to her being unqualified for the job – the hiree did not know LSQ (Quebec Sign Language) nor Deaf culture (the hiree’s degree and experience was in special education).

Civil disobedience & peaceful direct confrontation works!

Good News #2:

Deaf activities and allies succeeded in lobbying for a commitment to the re-opening of the Newfoundland School for the Deaf

(see past full page ads that the activities had run in major newspapers calling for an investigation into the schools closing

From the Liberal Party of New Foundland’s People’s Program book (p. 49)

A New Liberal Government will re-open the School for the Deaf, over a two-year period, working closely with parents and related groups and organizations.

Hopefully the Liberal Party will win the fall election and then within 2 years NSD will re-open.  Maybe it would even offer a course in Maritime Sign Language.

The reopening of the school is very important because the school was earmarked by a doctor as being one of the pillars of keeping Deaf culture and sign language alive and thus something to be done away with in the push to eradicate deafness –


Also because Canadian data shows that while oral / aural is the big push for infants and youngsters by elementary school age the shift goes to signing programs (see chart bel0w)

Looking forward to the hiring of a QUALIFED and PROFESSIONAL principal for Centre Jules-Leger and the reopening of NSD.






4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Deafhood Discussions » Good News from the North – Canadian progress (People of the Eye, Sept. 25)
  2. deafchipmunk
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 01:39:59

    They did a great job! We must push politicians to set up Deaf school by sending them that their plans are on the right track and make sure they must listen to Deaf people, not experts who claim they know everything. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  3. handeyes
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 03:03:53

    totally wish i lived in newfoundland so i could vote in that party

    hope they will win

    re: “the experts” that there is a biggy

    nothing about us without us

    and just about everything veditz had to say pertains to ur cry for folks to “listen to Deaf people”


    thanks for the comment and for all u do for Deaf Canadian and North American equality



  4. PopeMistress
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 11:49:27

    Wow! Thanks for sharing the interesting good news! Yeah I hope they will win!! How long will we find out? 🙂

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