Boot Up for the Media Hype B.S.

Boot Up for the Media Hype B.S.

Basic summary of what i signed is below the video box here with some extras and some extra links to some import info at bottom

simple questions –
1. are we Deaf folks a Scourge?
2. is it true that folks who are moderately to severely Deaf have NEVER heard the sound of their own voice and can not understand others’ speech?

(NOTE: Sarah C of viral video fame grew up with hearing aids)

Well, this is what the media has been spreading around from false prophets. Woman in Australia (Dimity Dornan) says Deaf is like polio – a highly contagious illness. Kudos to the Australia Deaf folks and the WFD taking a stand against this b.s.

And a young woman cries over a new type of implant Envoy Esteem, which we do not know how well it will work over time as its 100% implantable and what happens if a part breaks or the battery dies? It is for folks who are moderate to severe Deaf and they are capable of hearing speech and making speech. She just was able to hear herself differently via the new implant – it was not the FIRST time she ever heard and PRESTO she is a hearing and speaking person for the FIRST time within minutes.

ADDED: ABC’s “Today” and “Ellen” and the 8 million viewers at youtube – ya got a wee bit punked!  by the headlines “29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time!”

but heye – there is a first time for everything aint there.  For those of us in the Deaf-world – we have seen this over-sensationalism before.

Envoy – u might want to ensure u got some small print there that says “not the miracle cure as misrepresented in the viral video” cuz otherwise u gonna have alot of disgruntled customers and the FDA is gonna wonder why u r covering Sarah’s 2 implants and allowing her to claim that she never heard her voice due to being Deaf since birth when in fact the Envoy Esteem is only for moderate to severe and not profoundly Deaf folks

and Telstra Award ya got a bit punked into rewarding a woman who has made it her business to say “we can cosign deafness to history” – ie annihilate a people, a culture, and a language to oblivion – like …. polio??? huh and HELLO.

This we too have seen before – see

Dr. Douglas Baynton’s book “Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign Against American Sign Language” or

Branson and Miller’s “Damned for Their Difference: The Cultural Construction of Deaf People as Disabled” or

Horst Biesold’s “Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany” or

Edwin Black’s “War Against the Weak: It Began on Long Island and Ended at Auswitz” or

Dr. Harlan Lane’s “Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community” or

Lane, Pillard, Hedberg’s “People of the Eye: Deafnicity or Ancestry” or….

just read some nutters nothingness in some blog somewhere and ease ur conscience that its a good thing to make Deaf dead.

Knowledge is power folks – “Take a look, its in a book….”

OY what b.s. they spin and sputter


1. link to CODA Australia 2010 video (Auslan & English) contending Dimity Dornan “Hear Say” organization being granted $4 million dollars from the Australia govt when it practice and promotes language bigotry and human rights violations (thanks shawn for the link)


2. link to the Deaf Bilingual Coalition (DBC) Letter to the Telstra Award organizers calling for Dornan’s award to be rescinded

3. World Federation of the Deaf and Deaf Australia’s letter calling for a public apology from Dornan for her inflamatory remarks

Boot up folks!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianrez
    Oct 20, 2011 @ 23:15:26

    This media hype is totally misleading and unfortunately it continues despite regular doses of education. It almost follows a predictable formula: if it “cures” something, appears miraculous, ends a “scourge”, is controversial, tugs at the heartstrings or is spoken by a prominient person, it gets printed. Willy-nilly. Without forethought or substantiation.

    However, Dimity Dornan, although obviously a dimwit, is still within her rights to spout insensitive nonsense according to our ideas of freedom of speech. The petition to “prosecute” her doesn’t get my support because of that.

    However, if the petition used the word “censure” instead of “prosecute” I’d sign it immediately.

    prosecute: 1.Law. a. to institute legal proceedings against (a person). seek to enforce or obtain by legal process. conduct criminal proceedings in court against.

    censure: 1.strong or vehement expressionof disapproval: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.

  2. PopeMistress
    Oct 20, 2011 @ 23:54:50

    Yeah go ahead prosecute dimity dornan!

    Censure is kind of soft punishment! That won’t work stop!

    Becuz of that the Queensland State Government to award over four million dollars to the “Hear and Say” Centre in Brisbane + it shows on this video link:

    Wow! 4 million dollars to promote the abuse deaf education??

  3. handeyes
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 00:05:26

    thanks for ur comment

    the actual petition does not use the word prosecute at all but rather the header does. not sure who came up with the header but sometimes petition systems dont allow for editing the header etc

    u might consider clicking the contact the Petition’s author button so that s/he can see if the header can be revised accordingly

    the DBC is calling for the Telstra folks to rescind Dornan’s award

    the WFD and Deaf Australia are calling for Dornan to issue a public apology

    I dont think she qualifies to be called a dimwit. She has these various degrees and training after her name PhD; Ba.SpTh; F.S.P.A.A; CpSp; Cert. AVT®

    she founded this business – Hear and Say as if it were some type of humanitarian effort while simultaneously ushering a death to Deaf so i would be comfortable saying she is bigoted in her beliefs and in violation of the UN convention as WFD is noting and perhaps a neoeugenicist but dimwitted not so much

    that is pretty much reserved for the folks who practice “-isms” out of ignorance – her commitment to ethnocentricism and linguicism (audism and oralism) are borne out of arrogance and prejudice

    and while that is foolish and wrong it is also extremely unjust. i could have much more compassion for her if it was simply a case of dimwittedness but it aint

    geez if only there was a cure for audism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism etc

    oh there is – its called learning the truth. if only Dornan and AG Bell and co would read some books and remember HISTORY

    calling for the demise of a people and the language they cherish is NOT cool

    ohh and re: what is within her right to say or do – as MLK jr pointed out – just cuz something is legal does not make it right

    “We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers.” (letter from jail)

    this is why im very willing to sign that petition Dianrez because it is just and right even if it is mislabeled

    id rather stand on the side of justice than not stand at all



  4. handeyes
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 00:17:40

    thanks for the link popemistress

    yep – the least dimity can do is apologize since the australian govt is giving her oodles of money and she got the business woman of the year award

    u should see all the awards Australian graeme clark gets – cochlear implant doctor and founder of Cochlear Limited (which just had a major recall)

    i once saw an article that quoted Dr Clark as saying that he wanted it so that every Deaf child in Australia was implanted

    his wish is coming pretty close to true. lets just hope that the kids dont have one or two of the Cochlear Limited CI 500 range implant(s) that fails though

    language deprivation, bigotry, and genocide is no fun



  5. PopeMistress
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:46:50

    Part 1 of 3:

    Well actually We should be SHAME to be America because

    we did not STOP Judith A. Marlowe, Ph.D., FAAA before

    she is the one to spread out the abusive Audism out the world from here :

    why we did not do much??

    Is it since the audism already colonized us after 1880????

  6. PopeMistress
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:48:22

    Part 2 of 3:

    Why can’t we contact the Cochlear Implant Education Center (CIEC) is a unit of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University??? Go click there:

  7. PopeMistress
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:52:17

    Part 3 of 3:

    Can we ask them the Cochlear Implant Education Center (CIEC) is a unit of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University to make public warning announcement related to Mayo Clinic abt ci surgery under age of 2 might be risk by possibly cause learning disabilities????

    Or seems the Stakeholders on cochlear implantation + audiologists want to rob our tax $$$$$$ or our health care insurance premium?? Or what???

    Does Gallaudet University have job creation for the world deaf community??

    Oh gosh I better go clock to work now! Hope you will have FAB weekend, dear!

  8. handeyes
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 21:21:55

    Popemistress – thanks for the links

    i just called the Gallaudet Cochlear Implant Education Center to ask about recalls etc but they said they dont provide that information because its sticky and related to technology and medical things. I said couldnt you at least provide links to information about the recalls and they said they provide links to the manufacturing companies but not directly to the recalls.
    i tried to ask why as I think its important information for the parents when seeking information and education about CIs to aid them in their decision making and they just repeated the same thing about medical… technical… liability etc.

    This was via relay but it looked like the interpreter was interpreting directly and not changing words – especially since they got repeated.

    You could try calling them about the study – to see if they are aware of it.

    The thing with that study is that it applies to 2 or more surgeries under the age of 2 and hopefully 2 or more is not happening two often before the age of 2 but im sure there are some such cases. Most likely the Gallaudet CIEC answer would be more of the same re: that is medical / technical we dont discuss that etc but clearly it could have a big impact on education

    some of the center’s stated focus are:
    monitors, adjusts, and troubleshoots cochlear implants on-site
    provides family education and staff development programs

    so im not sure why they would provide information about the recalls

    it does say they are committed to a bilingual approach and the whole child – so that is good



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