Do your part – send or call Indiana Senators to oppose HB 1367
ISD is doing a fine job with outreach. this is an outcry – what the false prophets of “independence” are playing at. no govt should be financing exclusionary practices that harm familial bond, cognitive and linguistic growth, and self-worth
we all can order hamburgers just fine but most of us are smart enuf NOT to eat at Mc Ds
want proof? at what oral / aural ONLY has done to Deaf folks?
see the #liesagbelltoldmyparents campaign and
making the invisible visible – we be.
STAND folks and be counted because you count.
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Feb 2, 2012
Subject Oppose HB 1367
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. Deaf stakeholders have not endorsed or been involved in the development of this legislation – nothing about us without us
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 Hard of Hearing 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.
It is interesting to note that the State of Indiana has a long and sad legacy of cultural and linguistic genocide as it relates to the people for which your state is named after. The state also unconstitutionally legislated forced sterilization on US citizens.
This is not cool and we certainly don’t want to see you going down that path any time soon again. Language bigotry and cultural suppression is not to be state supported. Hear Indiana and the AG Bell Association have a LONG history of oppression American Sign Language and Deaf culture. There is no proven bias in ISD outreach services. There is proven bias in the AG Bell Association and its chapters that adhere to its doctrine of oral / aural ONLY.
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.