Letter to Indiana Reps. re: Oppose HB 1367

greetings all

pls do take the time to call and/or email all of the Indiana house of representative reps and ask they vote NO on HB 1367

see the latest version of the bill that the House of Reps should be voting on Monday


this is what i sent them below.  you can copy and paste the email addresses and revise the letter as u see fit and check out the FACTS and talking points


if you want me to post up your letter at PotE – just copy and paste it in the comment section and ill make a new post entry for it.  Spread the good stuff folks – we STAND.


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Subject: Oppose HB 1367

Sat, Jan 28, 2012

Greetings Indiana Representatives:

I write to you to express my grave concerns at the attempts by pro-oral / aural ONLY entities (ie anti-ASL+English groups) to have just, right, good and sound outreach services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children removed from the Indiana School for the Deaf and put into a NEW center.

This proposed legislation (HB 1367) is wrong for several reasons:
1. the original proposed name of this new center shows a lack of knowledge of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and should be a red flag that if they cant event get their name right they wont be getting the services right

2. the unjust and wrong assumption is that the Indiana School for the Deaf is biased and the new center will be unbiased.  Hmmm well lets take a look at this.  Hear Indiana and the pro-oral / aural ONLY proponents like St. Joseph outreach actively EXCLUDE American Sign Language and deny a Deaf child the right to a fully accessible and natural language.

Their “expertise” and  exclusionary doctrine is biased and extreme – yielding many adverse effects (socially, emotionally, academically, and cognitively).

These “experts” often have monetary ties to corporations and certification academies that stand to gain substantially from having a Deaf and Hearing Impaired (?) Center that promotes false hopes and falsehoods.

Unbiased – really?

3. While there has been a huge push for mainstreaming Deaf and Hard of Hearing children into public schools and a huge increase in cochlear implantation and auditory verbal therapy / listening and spoken language therapy, there has NOT been a significant and consistent improvement in Deaf and Hard of Hearing children’s literacy rate and graduation rate.

Do the right thing and nip this bad bill in the bud.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this letter.


Patti Durr

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. PopeMistress
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 10:25:39

    thanks- will plan do that after I get home from work today. Interesting to learn that The Roman Catholics did tried to control Native Indian language called Algonquian-speaking tribes from theSeven Years’ War (1756–1763), known as the French and Indian War. (before the 1776 Declaration of Independence). There were Indian removals in Indiana began in the early 1830s and was mostly completed by 1846 which were part of a larger nationwide Indian Removal Act passed by the United States Congress and being carried out by the administration of United States President Andrew Jackson. Believe it or not- you decide to go check reading on this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_removals_in_Indiana

    I hope the SJI the Roman Catholic will not control and not destruct the Deaf ASL Indiana community… boy… gotta go run to work now. hugs

  2. handeyes
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 11:56:05

    Thank u for ur truths and stand. Thanks for the link. Well INDIANa should remember the origins of her name eh q.
    That trial of death was horrible. As was the trial of tears. One of this countrys gravest wrongs is what we did and do to Native AMERICANS

    And yes there are many Parallels to be drawn. Wrong is wrong Indy leg. U really don’t want to be ushering another cultural and linguistic genocide. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere – MLk jr

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