The hands have IT

ya hoo – more and more folks are putting good stuff out there re: the RICH language development of Deaf children.

any of us who have spent anytime in the field of Deaf education or deafness or even just hopping around on the internet has seen the prejudices and language bigotry to come flying out of some folks.  I can not tell ya how many times “professionals” have told me so and so has NO language – when in fact s/he actually has a wealth of language – its just not necessarily the “favored” spoken one.  So im thrilled and overjoyed that folks are putting out the good stuff and showing that the HANDS HAVE IT.

Really we have to give a big ole hand to ASL.  it is HANDY and DANDY and has been oppressed, suppressed, depressed, distressed,  and more for 130+ years but still it STANDS.  Why? cuz it WORKS!  It truly does.  it is the surest way to get equality of condition to the kiddies and it is the quickest way to get them knowledge and power so…. we return to the ever present nasty question of WHY oh WHY do they deny Deaf children and their families the right to sign language, HUH?  i know.  not sure if some of u do yet but hopefully u will get to that place of truth soon cuz that is when u will realize just how BIASED and UNJUST they have been playing it.

But back to the GOOD STUFF – Deaf children’s minds at play and at work – its a beauty to behold.  REAL language not artificial imitation of articulation via extreme means of surgery, implantation, mapping, testing, re-mapping, audioverbal therapy, denial of visual acuity (banning signing and lipreading), etc etc 24/7.

The Natural and Just and Good Stuff

(thank u to all the parents, family members, teachers, services, and organizations that promote language and human rights)

Leala Holcomb shows how the Hands Have It at Ca. School for the Deaf in Fremont – Klopping shared a great many truths about the value of Deaf teachers and ASL and Deaf schools at his Deaf Studies Today keynote and Leala and her students are proof of this.

she has many other great ones in this youtube channel so subscribe folks

This is from the Deaf Children’s Society of BC – they have another one in their youtube and also a website.  This one is just so adorable – especially when the girl signs “I respect you.  I respect you.”  I’m like CHAMP and im learning.  Turn taking can be tricky ; )

The Brown family – watch any of their videos – especially the one with the two brothers and you will be like WOW.  Language leaps – adopted by bilingual-bicultural family when they had little to no language (spoken, written, or signed) and presto they be busy

they have several more – the ones with the two brothers interacting are ADORABLE.  They also have a blog that explains more about home life and living and loving.

British Sign Language toddler chatting with mum

A while back i saw one of a Deaf boy retelling the “Are You My Mother” book but for some reason i cant find the video again – if anyone knows of it, please point me in that direction as well as any others you feel should be added.

We STAND – its GRAND to be Deaf and its HANDY to have ASL+English.

Bilingual Brains Rock and Multicultural People Matter.

DBC petition re: bilingual bicultural birth right,com_joomlapetition/Itemid,/catid,1/func,viewcategory/

see also the Humphries et al article re: Harms of cochlear implants – chief being the denial of a fully natural and accessible language.




2 thoughts on “The hands have IT

  1. I’m Hearing, but having Cerebral Palsy, I went to a summer camp for handicapped kids several summers in a row when I was a kid.. This was in the ’70s, and as I understand it (?), right around the time that the bureaucracies were reclassifying d/Deafness as a disability … And they used SEE. They told us it was real sign language (sigh). When I was a teen, I learned the truth about ASL, and got mad that I was lied to.

    Anyway: my point. Many years later, I got the opportunity to study real ASL when I was going for my writing degree, studying for two semesters with Larry Forestal (SUNY Stony Brook, ’91-’92), The quirk of my schedule was that on the days I studied ASL, I hardly needed to use any spoken English, and when I got to the fluency point of thinking in ASL (even with my limited vocabulary), my thinking was actually clearer than than when I was thinking through my ears and vocal chords. If I’d had an ordinary schedule, where I’d have to switch back and forth, I probably would not have gotten to that point.

    The thought that signed languages are being surgically removed from the human tapestry makes me very sad indeed.

  2. ann

    thank u so much for sharing and caring. yep ASL taps into some very cool parts of the brain and thinking etc and jazzes up life in a mighty fine way

    love ur last sentence – i think im gonna have to tweet it. ill make sure credit ya = “….” ~ Ann

    thank u again



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