I’ve had this entry in the queue to click publish for a long time but i delayed and delayed cuz well, i was paddling that denial river. I just did NOT want to come to terms with the fact that the NAD was not shaping up to be the organization that it could and should be.
big OY and GRR and BOO to the NAD’s lack of activism from NAD’s education committee, lack of response to AG Bell Association’s mailing of unwanted and offensive membership cards to teachers of the Deaf at Deaf schools, having another Miss Deaf Pageant, and the latest – a Plenary Presenter who is anti-equal marriage rights (if he has changed this position GREAT – pls do share that here). (thanks Mz for tweet of the link)
many folks have expressed concerns about the NAD’s direction, focus, activism or lack there off – too many for me to list here for fear of missing some folks.
Below we see see how true blue George W. Veditz was.
We gotta know our own history in order to not repeat it and in order to stand on the shoulders of giants. As we rediscover our roots and our ancestors may we also see the power of taking a stand for that which is right, just, true and good.
NOTE: Veditz’ paper was written in 1933 for a 1934 NAD convention and Veditz passed away in 1937. He must have been so sad when he wrote the last sentence here.
Thanks KC for finding the gem below.
blue emphasis added by me
NOTE: Aug 12, 2012 will mark the end of Veditz 150 year and Aug 13 will begin his 151st birthday. See ya in Colorado Springs, folks, to ring out the 150th and ring in the 151st. if u cant go, do something locally in honor of Veditz and US or honor a local Deaf hero/ine
Excerpts from The Genesis of the National Association
George William Veditz
Thursday June 1, 1933
[paper prepared for NAD Convention in New York, 1934)
“The meeting was called the National Convention of the Deaf-Mutes, and that’s that. If oral magicians, who can yank educational rabbits out of silk hats and pearls of speech out of the mouths of those who have never heard, choke over it, why bless ’em.”
“1880, the year that saw the birth of the infamous Milan Resolution, that paved the way for foisting upon the deaf everywhere a loathed method, hypocritical in its claims, unnatural in its application, and mind-deadening and soul-killing in its ultimate results.”
“The fact should never be lost sight of that the deaf do not object to the teaching of speech and lipreading as such, but they utterly condemn making them the soles means of mental development, aside from the reading and writing that must always have their place in every educational theme.
“I would venture to suggest that the deaf stop using the designations ‘Combined System’ and ‘Pure Oral Method.’ Call the one the American Method and the other the German-Bell Method. Smash the hoary lie that the German-Bell Method is the newest and most up-to-date and scientific method of educating deaf children. We must smash the ridiculous, untenable claim that once a deaf child has been taught speech and lip-reading it has been restored to normalcy.”
“Speech is merely the sign-language of the lips. Every bit of knowledge that reaches the mind through the eye is conveyed through some kind of sign-language, whether it be this typed page, or a book, or a penciled pad, or a fingerspelled communication, or a moving throng in our streets, or a landscape or an approaching or passing auto.”
“What our Association [now] needs is a ‘Committee on Education’ to co-operate with similar committees of the State associations and try to bring home to the minds of parents as well as of teachers and superintendents what deafness really means….”
“The Association has been drifting like a ship without a compass or rudder.
…I do not expect to figure on the program of any future National convention, and this is goodbye.”