W/ u in spirits & HB 1367 Listen UP!

heye all:

Oppose HB 1367 -we are with ya in spirits today at the Senate hearing on the bad bill.

Spirits = To impart courage, animation, or determination to; inspirit.

All of you who have been standing long and hard on this issue – u have given us courage to speak out and stand up (see the #liesagbelltoldmyparents campaign) and also enabled us to see the ever increasing pattern to re-institute Oralism in the US of A

We hope that the courage and truth you have instilled in us will in return serve as a guide and determination for you at the legislature today and onward.

As Gandhi wrote: “They say, ‘means are, after all, means’. I would say, ‘means are, after all, everything’. As the means so the end…”

So this means that today we should be sending forth love and truths in the capitol of Indiana.  The truth being that the state has a history of injustices against disenfranchised people – Native Americans, the incarcerated, and the developmentally disabled.  And that they should not continue such an unholy legacy by sanctioning and endorsing Oral ONLY programs and services.

Trail of Death http://indianapublicmedia.org/momentofindianahistory/trail-of-death/

Indiana Eugenics http://www.iupui.edu/~eugenics/

Some TRUTHS that the Indiana Legislature must be lovingly shown TODAY are:

Oral / Aural ONLY is wrong and unjust. this is a truth folks

The means to make Deaf children talk and hear by depriving them of a fully natural and accessible language is WRONG.

As Gandhi wrote: “They say, ‘means are, after all, means’. I would say, ‘means are, after all, everything’. As the means so the end…”

– Babbidge Congressional report, COED, low performance of Deaf children despite a HUGE spike in cochlear implantation, AVT / LSL services and mandates, oral / aural only schools, and mainstreaming all show beyond a shadow of a doubt that Oralism is not right.  They got alot of might – the oral backers via their pocketbooks and money banks but might does not make right.

Furthermore, there is AMPLE proof that signing actually HELPS babies – Deaf and Hearing alike so there is no just cause and no justice in denying ASL to Deaf babies.

– Oral ONLY proponents like Hear Indiana which is a chapter of the AG Bell Association advocate for language bigotry and actively deny the option of a fully natural and accessible language and cultural identification.  Not cool, not cool.

4 International documents declare that signing is a birth RIGHT of the Deaf child and shall not be denied!  

(bold emphasis added below)


From Statement of Principles:
Reject all resolutions passed at the ICED Milan Congress in 1880 that denied the inclusion of sign language from educational programs for Deaf students

From Accord for the Future:
Call upon all the Nations to involve their Deaf citizens to assist parents of Deaf infants, children and youth in their support services for both Deaf and hearing family members
Call upon all Nations to refer all identified Deaf infants to regional and national organizations of the Deaf, schools and programs for the Deaf for support with early intervention


To ensure that the educational rights of Deaf learners are fulfilled, WFD therefore:
• Reaffirms its position that all Deaf people, including Deaf children, have the right to full access to quality education through visual modes, including indigenous sign languages. This position is supported by several international conventions of the UN.
• Supports early identification of Deaf infants and youth, followed promptly with sign language environments and educational intervention strategies and programmes, in partnerships between families, Deaf adults and professionals.
• Calls upon governments to ensure full and equal access to and educational success for Deaf learners based on regular education goals, standards and curricula.
• States, furthermore, that such curricula should provide the opportunity for students to learn in and study both their local/national sign language and the local (written) language as academic subjects.


States Parties shall enable persons with disabilities to learn life and social development skills to facilitate their full and equal participation in education and as members of the community. To this end, States Parties shall take appropriate measures, including:
b. Facilitating the learning of sign language and the promotion of the linguistic identity of the deaf community

From World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank – WORLD REPORT ON DISABILITY

Promote Deaf children’s right to education by recognizing linguistic rights. Deaf children should have early exposure to sign language and be educated as multilinguals in reading and writing. Train teachers in sign language and provide accessible educational material.

Let there be the light of truth and love today and let the Indiana Senate do right and say ¡Ya basta! to that bad bill HB 1367


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ASLElla
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 17:19:27

    This is priceless! Oralism Only Option must not be recognized nor accepted as an option because it is bigotry, promotes Audism, creates divisions and elitism. Excellent framing as always. Thanks.

  2. handeyes
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 22:37:09

    heye ASLElla

    the truth and nothing but the truth is what we seek

    re: “option” well that is their favorite misnomer and ODD choice since they are optionless

    much peace


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