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Direct Message Ur Delegates – Prevent Language Deprivation

Summary and links below the video box

Vlog discussing the importance of direct messaging your delegates (see link for delegate manual and scroll down to p. 96-98 to find yours then hunt the internet for ways to contact them via your state association or affiliations).  Positions that have candidates are: President, Vice President, Secretary and some of the Region Representatives.  Other positions are filled with current reps continuing their term.

Another important thing to contact your delegate about is a new motion put forth by Kelby Brick, a Deaf lawyer, along with several other Deaf leaders.  See motion NAD language deprivation motion

The title is Informed Decision Making and Language Deprivation.  This motion explains that they want NAD headquarters to establish an ad-hoc committee to investigate creating state and federal legislation to prevent language deprivation.  This is very important because after a Deaf baby is born and screened there is an immediate push for Oral / Aural only via Hearing Aids/Cochlear Implants and speech/ AVT.  Forbidding of signing is becoming very common today – even some doctors prohibit parents from signing with their Deaf infant / child.  They actually make the parents sign a form committing to raising oral / aural ONLY in order to have the CI surgery.

We know from our history that “one way ONLY” is oppressive.  Oral / Aural only is inhumane and unjust.  We don’t support the excluding and banning of sign language.  The mandate to exclude a natural sign language actual violates the spirit of several new declarations by different groups such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, The World Health Organization with the World Bank, ICED 2010 which nullified the ICED Milan 1880 Oral Only declaration and apologized for the reign of error, and the World Federation of the Deaf (see Audism Free America’s listing of these documents commitment to Natural Sign language and Deaf culture for Deaf children and the Deaf Bilingual Coalition Bilingual Bicultural petition

This is the first time in a long time that the NAD has put forth such a direct approach to address audism and Oralism (oral / aural onslaught) – probably since the early 1900s when Veditz and NAD had the various resolutions on education (see

Now again we see a 2nd wave of Oral / Aural ONLY where natural sign language is denied, coercion is used, fingers r wrapped, arms grabbed, ASL hidden, scolding, parents force to sign forms to not sign in order to get a CI and so forth .  To this we must say – time out and stop.  Language denial and deprivation is really a violation of human rights.  I really support that motion and thank Kelby and other leaders for making that motion.  The motion gives their rationale and they also quote from a recent article about the harms of cochlear implants by Tom Humphries et al.  Where they call for a time out and an examination of how cochlear implants can hurt children and their families by having doctors and others sell false information.  (see for article).  I want to thank them for writing that article.

I am hoping NAD will do the right thing and remember that reference to the ship that needs a firm hand on the tiller to steer it in these hard times least it capsize and sink.  Continue to do nothing on this issue, status quo and false peace or pursue direct engagement and do the right thing.  I’m hopeful.  So delegates i hope you will study all the information so you know who and how to vote.




Veditz’s 1933 paper on the NAD – part 5

PART 5 – Continuation – bold & red + blue added by me –

1880: The National Association of the Deaf Founded

The Genesis of the National Association
By George William Veditz

From: Deaf-Mutes Journal

Genesis of the National Assoication. Deaf Mutes Journal 1933, 62 (22) June 1.

to see Part 1 Veditz 1933 NAD paper part 1 (click text to link you to Part 1)

to see Part 2

to see Part 3

to see Part 4

But when the “Second National Convention of Deaf-Mutes” met in this city of New York, the last week of August 1883, the deaf began to see the menacing head of the serpent in the grass and to lip-read its forked tongue.

Eighteen States were represented at this convention with an enrollment of 174. New York lead with ninety, then Connecticut, sixteen; Pennsylvania, fourteen; Massachusetts, fifteen; New Jersey, nine; Maryland and New Hampshire two each; Rhode Island, three; and Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, Virginia, South Carolina, West Virginia, one each; Canada, one.

And it was then that the American deaf, in convention assembled, first voiced their condemnation of the German-Bell speech method. I cannot do better than quote a portion of the proceedings of the afternoon session of Thursday August 30th.

‘ Business was resumed with the reading of a paper by Mr. Jerome Thaddeus Elwell, of Pennsylvania on ‘The Truth about the Pure Oral Method.’ As Mr. Elwell was about to begin, Mr. Patterson of Ohio, objected to the reading of the paper being out of order. The Chair (Mr. Hodgson) decided Mr. Elwell’s paper to be in order. Mr. Patterson appealed from the decision of the Chair.

Mr. George, of Illinois moved that the appeal be decided by a vote. Carried. Upon being put to a vote, the President’s decision was sustained.

Mr. Patterson gave his reason for not wishing to have the paper read, arguing that it related to a question that did not concern the Convention. Messrs. George, McGregor, and Fox spoke in favor of having the paper read, and Mr. Hodgson (Mr. Weeks in the Chair) replied to Mr. Patterson. He said that Mr. Elwell was a teacher as was Mr. Patterson, and as a member of the Convention he had rights equal to any; which rights should be respected. Many of the members were instructors, following the Combined System, and would like to have the paper read.” On motion, the paper was read.

That was the first definite instance of revolt of the adult American deaf against the dictates of the German-Bell propaganda and against those who were beginning to truckle to this propaganda. That was an even half century ago, and today the National Association and what for fifty years it has stood for, have been steam-rollered and deprived of whatever aggressiveness and assurance they at one time had. Edward Miner Gallaudet, the one educator who above all others represented our aims and our wishes, passed out of the drama with the Norfolk convention of 1907 and no one has succeeded to his mantel. Personally I appealed to two men whom I believed by record and antecedents to be qualified to be our spokesmen, but received negative replies. Judging by his actions and utterances I believed that a successor to Gallaudet is about to enter the stage. It is Ignatius Bjorlee, Superintendent of the Maryland School.

At this moment I have no access to my old-time records and references, but not long after the New York Convention, eight hundred of the most prominent deaf-mutes of Germany, ALL of them educated according to the German method, submitted a petition to Dr. Schneider, Minister of Education for the Empire to permit the introduction of certain provisions of the Combined System into German methods of educating the deaf. Dr. Schneider, with all the authority and arrogance of a Czar, and with the German educational goose-step grained and ground into his mentality, informed his petitioners in effect that they did not know what they were talking about, and the German method remains the German method to this day.

The 1883 convention represented five fewer states than that of 1880, but the men who were foremost in Cincinnati were foremost in New York. Their discussions were wider in their scope and one thing was very apparent, our ship of state was beginning to find itself. The adult deaf were definitely pledged to the proposition that they were entitled to opinions and the expression of these opinions on all matters affecting the class, educational, most of all. The most noteworthy action taken was the appointment of a committee to have charge of arrangements to fittingly celebrate the Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet centenary in 1887, and to raise funds for a bronze memorial.

The president of the convention was Edwin Allan Hodgson, the only logical choice for the office. The corresponding and recording secretaries were Harry White and Thomas Francis Fox. The treasure was Dudley Webster George. President Hodgson named his executive committee of eighteen and appointed as its chairman Theodore A. Froehlich, of New York.

The third convention of the Association was held in Washington in June 1889. During the interval of six years, thirteen hundred dollars was raised for the Gallaudet Memorial, the memorial itself finished (Daniel Chester French, sculptor) and unveiled at the appointed time with impressive ceremonies witnessed by the cream of the American deaf.

Leaving the past for the present, what is our outlook? Everything depends on the man you make president and on the instructions you give him by resolutions duly adopted.

I would suggest, first of all, you instruct him to appoint a capable and suggestive committee to increase our endowment fund. I originated that fund and put the first two hundred dollars it possessed into its treasury. It is futile to plan for this fund under present economic conditions as they exist at this writing April, 1933. But we shall surely get out of this slough of hard times and then, it may be sooner than we expect, plans already made should be carried out. I might say that in 1910, shortly after the Colorado convention, I had a plan that seemed promising. It was to make a man with plenty of time and well-to-do our agent to pass through every large city in the country, there meet the two or three leading deaf in each city, who had previously prepared a list of “prospects”—meaning wealthy and liberal citizens of their locality—the committee headed by the “agent” or chairman to call on these citizens and submit our plea. Subscriptions of various amounts, large and small, might be expected, and the total would give us the war-chest so much needed. The “agent” was the late Oscar Regensberg, (added here – Known as Reggie) and the donors of the two hundred dollars already in the fund consenting. I was ready to use the amount for his expenses.

Mr. Regensberg concurring, I submitted the plan to the newly elected President of the Association, Mr. Olof Hanson. Mr. Hanson had just promulgated an ukase that the chairman of several committees of the Association should submit monthly, yes, monthly reports of their doings. I requested that Mr. Regensberg and myself should not be required to report until our work was done, whether successful or not, instead of monthly as ruled in the ukase. In his reply, Mr. Hanson rose to the full height of seven-foot six and stated he could make no exceptions and hinted at GRAFT. Reggy and myself quit in disgust. I am not sure I answered Mr. Hanson, but if I did I have a notion I told him he might betake himself to Valhalla.

The plan of trying to build up a real endowment fund with life memberships of ten dollars each is silly. There are not enough of us willing to part with ten dollars for the purpose. But ten, or is it fifteen, thousand dollars now in the fund may serve as a bait to the philanthropic to add their contributions, and with this start the time has come to attempt the accumulation of a real war chest, meaning, as soon as business and economic conditions have decidedly improved. That may be within the life of this new administration which this New York convention will put in power.

I will only add that I have a plan of my own and that I shall carry out, if I happen to live a couple of years longer. It will not, cannot possibly, interfere with any plans the new administration may make.

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. There is no method of education, no means on earth, that can normalize one who cannot hear. I became deaf at eight. I have never lost my speech, but I am not “normal,” meaning thereby that I am not on equal footing with the hearing. Speech, itself, in others, the telephone, the radio, music, the opera, the talkies, all the multitudinous sounds and noises of Nature, all are beyond me, and to the extent that they are beyond me and beyond you, members of this convention, to that extent, you and I are not “normal.” As long as the normal, full-sensed human enjoys the advantages that hearing denies the deaf, and at which roughly may be estimated at forty percent of the total of these advantages, Solomon in all his glory and with all his wisdom could not restore us to “normalcy.” What we need and what we want is an educational system that will adapt itself to each individual in our schools, and, by a more natural mental development, lessen our disadvantages in what is becoming more and more a hearing world. Let us not overlook the fact that to those who have never heard there is no such thing as speech. 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.”

Why should oral fanatics, or why should we, barricade the mind to a perception of these facts? It would be a good thing if every oral teacher and superintendent were twice a week, including Sundays, to seal both ears with wax and cotton, taking the cue from the sailors of Ulysses, who himself lashed to the mast, sailed safely though the blandishments of the harp-twanging Sirens of the Sea. Thus made “deaf-mutes” for the time being, they would appreciate the difficulties of their deaf boys and girls, and acquire that understanding and fellow feeling that makes one liberal and kind.

The suggestion sounds fantastic if not absurd, but why not. The kickers will be the teachers. The cheerers on the sidelines will be We, Us & Co. I am not a Scottie and would give a dollar to see the fun.

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 with all the deprivations that follow in its train, irremediable, because Nature’s immutable laws say, NO!

For all this, money will be needed. How much? Just a bagatelle, a mere quarter of a million dollars. A pipe dream? Bats in my belfry? As if I did not know, for it is exactly what my galorious friends, Olof Hanson and Jay Cooke Howard, told me in 1906, one score and seven years ago when I regarded them as among the great howitzers of the N.A.D. and confide my plans to them, expecting joyful assent and co-operation which never materialized—in fact these two gentlemen did more to spike the endowment fund plan than all other agencies put together. Prove it? Of course I can or I should not make the allegation. And that’s that.

And why should it be a pipe dream? If a certain, highly esteemed but prejudiced lady, with a political and social pull equivalent to ten thousand horses, could inmesh two million dollars wherewith to endow a dinky little pure oral school in Northampton, Mass., why cannot the N.A.D. with the proper lead and backing raise one-eighth that sum for the benefit of thirty thousand American deaf? And of scores of thousands of deaf children to come into our schools in future years?

There should of course be other committees—on automobile discriminations; on Civil Service prejudice; on reviving the Federation plan that had a fine start in Colorado Springs in 1910, and was stabbed in the back by my successor; on a N. A.D. census of the adult deaf, some thirty thousand; and other matters that should occupy our attention.

Finally we do not use our “official organ,” the New York DEAF-MUTES’ JOURNAL, as often as we should, I have a notion that not one state paper on national issues concerning the deaf, has been promulgated during the administrations of the last five presidents by these presidents. The Association has been drifting like a ship without a compass or rudder. Elect a man who will truly be a captain with his hand on the tiller.

I do not expect to figure on the program of any future National convention, and this is goodbye.

Respectfully and sincerely,

George William Veditz

Colorado Springs, Col., April 5, 1933

Veditz’s 1933 paper on the NAD – Part 3

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PART 3 – Continuation – bold & blue added by me –

1880: The National Association of the Deaf Founded

The Genesis of the National Association
By George William Veditz

From: Deaf-Mutes Journal
Genesis of the National Assoication. Deaf Mutes Journal 1933, 62 (22) June 1.

to see Part 1 Veditz 1933 NAD paper part 1 (click text to link you to Part 1)

to see Part 2

Part 3

Cincinnati, Ohio and Syracuse, N.Y., offered to serve as host of the convention, and the rivalry was great. It was decided to call a mail vote with Hodgson as election commissioner and January 1st 1880, fixed upon as the time limit. With the arrival of January 1st, no more votes were accepted. My own ballot went to Cincinnati as more likely to induce a really national attendance. The vote was as close as it possibly could have been short of a tie, Cincinnati winning by 216 to 215 ballots, with 27 scattering. This meant that there were 458 deaf persons in all parts of the country interested enough to record their preference and to invest in the necessary two-cent stamp. The result was announced in an editorial in the Journal of January 15, 1880.

It was an auspicious beginning. Hodgson sat back, waiting for things to happen. Nothing happened. The newly launched ship of state was without breath or motion, as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean. Then the hair on Hodgson’s nape began to bristle. He unlimbered his heavy artillery and with one hand on the tiller of the national ship with the other he fired thundering editorials in his issues of January 22nd and 29th, February 26th, March 18th, and April 26th. He was thoroughly in earnest and in his issue of May 13th, he wrote: * * * “We think it is time for Mr. McGregor to say something, as he is looked to as the representative of the city in which the convention is designed to be held.”

This Parthian shot caught Rob Roy amid-ships, and in a communication in the issue of May 20th, he consented to head a local committee, the others being J.K.T. Hoagland, of Kentucky, and Alfred Flynn Wood, of Ohio. Some Cincinnati deaf-mutes also announced themselves as a local committee, but were promptly silenced by an editorial in the JOURNAL in which Hodgson announced that he would recognize only McGregor and his two associates. The velvet gauntlet hid a fist of steel.

I trust that Mr. Hodgson will be present when this address is read, and I would respectfully suggest that the entire convention then assembled in New York will rise to its feet and render to the father and founder of the National Association of the American Deaf the tribute of salute and cheer he so well deserves:

Hail to the chief who in triumph advances!

Honored and blessed be the ever green pine

Long may the Journal in his banner that glances,

Flourish the shelter and shield our line!

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There were mighty men of valor to follow the leader. Henry C. Rider, of Mexico, N.Y., and Philip A. Emery, of Chicago, were stalwarts of the stalwart who never swerved. Rob Roy McGregor, who feared nothing that could wield a pen, was in the thick of the battle once his claymore was unsheathed. The gigantic Edmund Booth, Dudley Webster George, and others aided actively, and at length the convention was scheduled for three days the last week in August. It opened on Wednesday, August 25th, in the Bellevue House, Cincinnati, and the long fight was won.

This convention has a significance possessed by no other conclave of the American deaf. It was the FIRST great meeting of the class to be absolutely independent of leading strings held in other hands than their own. No superintendent or principal, no hearing teacher, had anything to do either with its program or arrangements. It was even regarded as unnecessary to provide interpreters. The members came, some from long distances, and instead of camping at some school, paid their hotel and transportation bills and possessed a new sense of independence, well-being and importance and of sufficiency unto themselves. There were eighty-one deaf men and women enrolled, representing twenty-two states and the Federal District. Several who figured actively in the proceedings were not named in the roster, as for instance A.B. Greener and Robert Patterson of Ohio, and J.K.T. Hoagland of Kentucky. The home state of the convention, as always the case had the largest membership, twenty-three. Illinois had fourteen, New York, seven; Indiana, three; Pennsylvania, two. Kansas and Nebraska were furthest west, Louisiana and Mississippi furthest south. Massachusetts was the only New England State represented with three members led by the jumping jack of the convention, the irrepressible Harry White.

They were an earnest band there gathered, as earnest in their way as were the men and women who 260 years before landed on Plymouth Rock. Like those Pilgrims they wanted freedom—freedom from repression, from popular prejudice and misrepresentation, freedom to strive for and hold their own in the struggle for happiness as it is held out to every American. They wanted something as yet indefinite and obscure, and, without precedent to guide them, they were bound to find it.

It was Napoleon who said that the destinies of any nation are decided by the opinions of its young men around five-and-twenty. One of the amazing things about the first national convention of the deaf is the youthfulness of its leaders. Thomas Francis Fox was the youngest of the band, not quite twenty. Hodgson, our sage Ulysses, was twenty-five, as were Dudley Webster George, Samuel Mills Freeman and Lars M. Larson. George T. Dougherty and Charles Warren Carraway were twenty-one. Harry White was twenty-three, having just taken his degree at Gallaudet. Rob Roy and his compatriots, Patterson and Greener, were around thirty. Most of the rest were of the same youthful age. The patriarch of the meeting was Mr. William Hoagland, seventy-five. Edmund Booth, born the same year as Lincoln, was seventy-one. It is worthy of note that these young men who dominated the first convention dominated every later convention of the Association that they attended. At this writing, seven only, that I know of, are still with us—Hodgson, Fox, Dougherty, Greener, Patterson, Freeman, and Mrs. D. W. George. Sic transit gloria mundi! (added here now = “Thus passes the glory of the world”. )

The papers and deliberations of that convention give it rank as one of the best the American deaf have held anywhere at anytime. I am singling out one only for mention because of its title—“Importance of Association among MUTES for Mutual Improvement,” by my good friend, Theodore A. Froehlich, of New York, deceased. The deaf of that day were not prigs or prudes in referring to their class and did not try to camouflage our handicap. For a fact, the official title of the Cincinnati convention, as well as that of New York three years later in 1883, was “National Convention of Deaf-Mutes.” And that’s that. If oral magicians who 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! In Cincinnati the designations mutes and deaf-mutes were freely used by superb speakers and lip-readers like Booth, Hodgson, and McGregor, though even then speech and lip-reading were taught in all our schools. The oral purist had not then come into his own.

Veditz’s 1933 Paper on the NAD – Part 4

PART 4 – Continuation – bold & blue added by me –

1880: The National Association of the Deaf Founded

The Genesis of the National Association
By George William Veditz

From: Deaf-Mutes Journal
Genesis of the National Assoication. Deaf Mutes Journal 1933, 62 (22) June 1.

to see Part 1 Veditz 1933 NAD paper part 1 (click text to link you to Part 1)

to see Part 2

to see Part 3

Robert McGregor (1st president of the NAD – still image from the 1913 NAD Motion Picture Project) image from

Other papers were read by Messrs. Rider, Hodgson, George, McGregor, Booth, Emery, and E.P. Holmes, of Nebraska. I will reproduce as significant of the times one preamble and resolution as follows:–

“WHEREAS, the deaf-mute on account of deafness and dumbness is shut out from nearly all the professional channels, and is compelled to live largely and often exclusively by manual toil; therefore, be it

Resolved, That we deaf-mutes accept the above facts as inevitable, and in duty bound to God, ourselves and our fellow man, will ever strive hereafter to labor move in the spirit of submission to Divine Will and contentment, and strive to cultivate a liking for all we have to do; that we may bring in the element of success and happiness, which is so essential to our welfare here and hereafter, and in no manner throw discredit upon labor or make fun of our laboring brother, be he or his toil ever so humble.”

(added here – to see the 1880 NAD convention proceedings go to

I do not know who was the author of this resolution. There were two deaf clergymen present, Rev. Rustin Ward Mann and Rev. Job Turner, but I have a notion the resolution was prepared by Philip A. Emery, of Chicago. That resolution would have been impossible in any present day convention of the deaf, as the conditions it presupposes do not exist. The many trades and occupations now open to the deaf place them on an even plane with the hearing so far as making an honorable, respectable living is concerned, while hardly a larger percentage are thus engaged in manual labor than are engaged among the hearing. The explanation must be found in the very great advance in our educational standards and for which the credit must be given to Gallaudet College for sixty years past has been lifting these standards to confirm with its admissions requirements.

Edmund Booth was temporary chairman of the convention and Dudley Webster George temporary secretary. The permanent officers were Robert Patterson McGregor, President; Henry C. Rider, First Vice-President; R.H. Atwood, Second Vice-President; D.W. George, Third Vice-President; S.M. Freeman Fourth Vice President; Edwin Allan Hodgson, Corresponding Secretary; and R. B. Lawrence, of Louisiana, Treasurer.

Edmund Boothwas made Chairman of the National Executive Committee, and H. C. Rider,

Edmund Booth from (link has info on his gravesite in Iowa)

Secretary. This committee with a membership of twenty-three was instructed to prepare a Constitution and By-Laws to be submitted at the next convention. I met Mr. Booth thirteen years later at the 1893 World Congress of the Deaf in Chicago, and I see him in my memory’s eye, in his habit as he lived, huge, patriarchal, undiminished in either physical or mental vigor, an old man eloquent at eighty-four, when responding to an invitation to address the Congress he said among other things: ” * * You think that you are at the very pinnacle of achievement and civilized convenience and comfort, but let me tell you that your grandchildren looking back upon you will think that you were savages.” Mr. Booth had been isolated in his western home so far as meeting the deaf was concerned, but the hinges of his arms and fingers were unrusted, and the light of his eyes was clear and bright, and I have never seen a more forceful or a clearer sequence of ideas. The language of signs once learned never died. But even a person like Mr. Booth, using speech all of his life, associating with the hearing to the practically complete exclusion of fellow deaf-mutes, because there were none to meet, must have felt that he was isolated. Mrs. Veditz, during a visit to Anamosa, was probably the last deaf-mute he was destined to meet, and he did complain to her and spoke of his loneliness and of his happiness to meet once more a deaf-mute using the sign language and handicapped as he was himself, before the final summons came. That was, I think, in 1901.

Booth was the first successful deaf-mute publisher. His paper, the Anamosa Eureka, was for years the official publication of Jones County, Iowa. Occasional copies came my way during his lifetime and I admired its efficient, business-like appearance. It antedated by many years Wells Louet Hill’s Athol, Mass., Transcript, and William Woodruff Beadell’s New Jersey publication. Booth, always eight years older than the Hartford school, was beyond doubt the greatest American deaf-mute of his generation, and I am glad to render him this tribute.

There was no special program for the entertainment of the convention—excursions, picnics, receptions, banquets, and the like. They were not necessary. East met west and north met south, and after the business meetings adjourned, all intermingled and there was not a dull moment. McGregor, the ablest platform speaker of his day was a brilliant raconteur, and the youthful Fox was a close second, while Job Turner, Geo. T. Dougherty and others were never without their circles of listeners. They had their fun, too. One member, egged on by others, deferentially approached Rob Roy and asked for the name of the “crick” flowing past the city. McGregor’s whiskers bristled with indignation. “Crick, Sir; crick, did you say? I would have you known Sir that that is the Ohio River. Never again, Sir, permit yourself to refer to the mighty mother of the mighty Mississippi as a crick.” And the wrathful McGregor turned on his heel to speak to others, while he who has been slapped slunk off to his fellow conspirators to indulge in cachinnations.

It was a great convention. There was no reference at all to educational methods. But it was 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. Perhaps it is not amiss for me to state that four or five years ago, when Mussolini was planning a revamping of the entire educational system. I sent him an invitation begging to include the Italian deaf in his plans. My letter did reach the Premier, and his reply came through the Italian Ambassador, Giacomo de Martino, at Washington, to the effect that his excellency had submitted the matter to the minister of education and had been advised that the Italian method of education then pursued had been satisfactory through “several centuries” and that there was no reason to change. And that’s that. I fully believe that if we could send a deaf envoy to Mussolini direct and put the case before him as it truly is, he would give his deaf compatriots a square educational deal. If we had an endowment fund equal to that of the Volta Bureau we could do it. And we could put our case before the American public as well.

The fact should never be lost sight of that the deaf do not object to the teaching of speech and lip-reading 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.

Veditz’s 1933 paper about NAD – Part 2

Grandpa’s Treasure by Guy Wonder. Click image to route you to De’VIA artist, Guy Wonder’s website.

PART 2 – Continuation – bold added by me –
Main point of Part 2 – KNOWLEDGE and MEDIA can = POWER of, by and for the GREATER GOOD

1880: The National Association of the Deaf Founded

The Genesis of the National Association
By George William Veditz

From: Deaf-Mutes Journal
Genesis of the National Assoication. Deaf Mutes Journal 1933, 62 (22) June 1.

to see Part 1 Veditz 1933 NAD paper part 1 (click text to link you to Part 1)

Part 2

American deaf-mute education, measured in terms of the Hartford School, was then only thirty-three years old. The twelve schools then existing had only a fraction of their present enrollment and were hardly above the rank of small primary public schools. The number of well-educated deaf was small, and men like Edmund Booth, Henry Flournoy and John Carlin rose above the rest like isolated mountain peaks above a plain. And then occurred a great event in our educational history. The first “high class” ever graduated from any of our schools was sent out of Fanwood in 1851. That class included David R. Tillinghast, John R. Burnett, James Sullivan Wells, Charles Milan Grow, and Lucinda Hills, later to become Mrs. Grow. All became teachers of the deaf—Tillinghast in Raleigh; Burnett in Indiana; Mr. and Mrs. Grow first in Raleigh and later in Maryland: and Wells in Texas, under Jacob Van Nostrand, and later in Baltimore, where it became my privilege to know him intimately and honor and esteem him as one of the truest gentlemen I ever knew. I knew them all except Burnett, whom I never met, and value the association as one of my inalienable treasures.

These five formed the vanguard of those intelligent, well-educated deaf men and women from all ranks and conditions of life, from town and farm, who later sprang from Gallaudet College and exercised and are still exercising a profound influence upon the thousands of students in our schools. The advent of this Fanwood high class of 1851 was a necessary factor in rendering possible the successful launching thirty years later of our present National Association. It lifted our educational standards out of and above the old-time primary school conceptions and was the forerunner of the college to be born thirteen years afterward in 1864. It also opened the gates to the admission of deaf men and women to the faculties of our schools.

Though the matter of a national association had been agitated at Hartford in 1851 by Thomas Brown, of West Henniker, N.H., George Homer and Jonathan Marsh, of Boston, nothing came of it. Henry Flournoy, the impractical dreamer, had dropped below the horizon, Edmund Booth, his antagonist, was out of the picture in far away Anamosa, Iowa, and Thomas Brown was isolated in New Hampshire. What was most needed was non-existent—a widely-circulated newspaper by, of and for, the independent adult deaf.

But that paper eventually came into being. Around 1872, Henry C. Rider, then of Malone, later of Mexico, N. Y., founded the DEAF-MUTES’ JOURNAL. His was the zeal of the pioneer, and the paper promised to live. I recall that I wrote my first newsletter to the JOURNAL from Baltimore in 1876, and I have a notion that the distinction of being the oldest pencil-pusher for its columns in point of service belongs either to Papa Greener, of Ohio, or to myself.

Having the paper, there was need of a wise guiding mind and of more solid financial backing. The stronger backing was provided by the New York School. The guiding spirit was provided by inscrutable Fate in the spirit of Edwin Allan Hodgson, beyond cavil, all things considered, the ablest among all the men, deaf or hearing, who have conducted the destinies of papers by, of and for the deaf, whether independent or part of the industrial equipment of our schools. Hodgson obtained control of the publication in 1879, moving it to the New York School, and in the fifty-four years since elapsed, he has been the JOURNAL, and the JOURNAL has been Hodgson. With the passing of Hodgson we shall see the passing of the JOURNAL to be succeeded by some dinky little Fanwood magazine, unless Mr. Skyberg can bring himself to visualize its immense valuable to the deaf at large, and decide to continue it along its present Hodgsonian lines.

In 1879 and shortly before Hodgson became its arbiter, some one brought up in the columns of the JOURNAL the subject of a national association. Who has that distinction, I do not know. Page Hodgson, please. If he does not know no one ever will. But he saw that the subject was NEWS. He pushed it into prominence in his editorials, and for the first time the American deaf had something of national importance to themselves to engage their minds. Hodgson’s propaganda brought things to a focus, and it was decided that the time was ripe for a national convention. Had the effort been made at any earlier date it would have ended in failure. Had any other than Hodgson been master-mind of the JOURNAL, there would have been no effort at all.

Veditz’ 1933 article on NAD – Part 1

Portrait of George W. Veditz by Nancy Rourke

This is a treasure trove of important information examining the origin, scope, purpose, focus, evolution, resolution, dissolution of the National Association of the Deaf by George W. Veditz – two term president of the NAD, staunch supporter of Deaf rights via education and employment and American Sign Language and English.

George wrote this article in 1933 a few years before he died.  This is part 1 – bold emphasis added by me.  I’ll add Part 2 and 3 etc soon

In order to determine our future we must know our past and understand our present.

Thanks George for always lighting the way.  Im so pumped we are gonna be at your grave on August 12, 2012 to ring out the end of your 151st and hearld in you 152nd as well as the 100th birthday of your famous “Preservation of Sign Language” filmed presentation.

1880: The National Association of the Deaf Founded

The Genesis of the National Association
By George William Veditz

From: Deaf-Mutes Journal
Genesis of the National Assoication. Deaf Mutes Journal 1933, 62 (22) June 1.
[This paper was prepared by Mr. George W. Veditz, of Colorado Springs, for the N. A. D. Convention in New York, which has been postponed to the summer of 1934, is now printed as preferable to holding it for over a year).

Notwithstanding the title it is my object in this paper not merely to attempt an insight into certain early phases in the struggles of the American deaf to become nationally organized, but to fix the honor and credit of taking the first measures that led to the founding of our National Association, and at the same time by visualizing the American deaf as a whole, as they were sixty years ago, to acquire a better understanding of what we are today and of the real problems that face us and that intimately affect our intellectual and material well-being.

Though there is another organization, the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf it differs decidedly from the National Association. The former is in effect a mutual life and benefit assurance association, levying monthly dues varying with the individual and that constitute, as if were, a savings fund to cover life insurance and sick and accident benefits. The several Divisions meet monthly for business and as often for social purposes. These divisions are local in their composition and have local annual elections of officers, and once after a four-year interval there is a national convention with one official delegate from each Division who has expenses paid, and a varying number of visitors and spectators whose main object is to join in the good time arranged for the delegates. It is more or less concerned with the individual, each member bound by the tie of his pecuniary investment, and, in normal time, failure to pay dues within a specified time means lapsing and a severance of active, full-powered connection with the organization. It does not concern itself directly with matters outside insurance—with educational conditions and methods, with industrial problems or with influences inimical to the welfare and independence of the class nor with discrimination of one kind or another. These last are altogether beyond the pale and limits prescribed by its constitution. Many of us are members.

The one and only organization that we have that can actively concern itself with all these matters last specified is the National Association of the American deaf.

There are only meager records of the circumstances and movements that led to the founding of our National Association. Aside from the rudimentary stage of our educational system and the small number of well-educated deaf, the main obstacle during pre-Civil War times in the path of such a national organization was the lack of a newspaper that, reaching all the larger cities, could place the subject before the deaf and their leaders and keep them in touch with one another. Moreover, those early years were seething times. The Hartford School antedated the Missouri Compromise by only three years. For forty years the country was passing through storm and stress to reach a decision whether it was to continue as a nation, whole and undivided, or to split. Though schools for the deaf followed Hartford in a reasonably quick order, there were only a dozen of such schools in existence in 1850, when the New England deaf first broached the subject of a national association, leading three years later to the founding of the New England Gallaudet Association.

Barry Sewell’s Attack on the NAD

this is a series examining Barry Sewell’s serial attacks on various Deaf organizations.  His attacks are unjust and unjustifiable and loaded with falsehoods and nuttiness.  Why do we bother putting out the truth here – well, somebody has gotta – otherwise folks see his stuff and think its true.

And since we are truth seekers its what we gotta do.

For past truths re: Barry’s attacks (which have all failed cuz they were all false-based) see:

Barry’s attacks on CAD

Barry’s attacks on the IDC

Barry’s attack on DBC

Barry’s attack on AFA

His latest target of his disaffection is the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), which Barry tried to re-christian as the NADQ – as in Queer.  Yep folks need i say more.  Homophobic as the day is long and i guess it is mighty long where he comes from.  Tall tales the chap has plenty of.

NOTE: this entry has been updated on 6/12/2012 because Barry has yet another blog entry out attacking NAD with a new outrageous claim (scroll down for the update)

Psst – dont nobody tell Mr. Sewell that LGBT folks are actually reclaiming and reaffirming the term Queer – so even though he uses it to abuse it – they be like “whatever – just water rolling off our backs – we be ducks and ducking his BS slinging”

Queer Eyes for the Straight Guy

Queer Eyes for the Straight Guy would not even be able to help that buckaroo.  No way.  they’d be like “Barry buddy – put down the rifle.  It clashes with the new look and it just screams paranoia” And he would be like “ROAR – I’m gonna run to my mighty hard drive and file a complaint with the Dept of something or other…”


so im sorry folks – this examination of Barry’s latest attack on a Deaf organization is gonna have a bit of sass to it because – well, where to begin!  its just outrageous like when he writes:

“I thought it was rather interesting because I didn’t know that NAD had a vested interest in people’s sex lives or people’s sexual lifestyles.”

Now this is from a fellow who still doesnt see Deaf folks as an ethnicity but rather as EARS that dont HEAR so its not a huge shocker that he sees LGBT folks based on SEX, SEX, SEX.  Hmmm

This bit puzzles me but i guess i should keep in mind that he opposes education and knowledge:

“I’m not sexist. I do not discriminate against those who prefers a different sexual lifestyle.”

Psst – Barry Sexist (adj or noun) is a term comes from Sexism which means =

1 prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially :discrimination against women

: behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
(Merriam-webster dictionary)
Note here they mean sex as in female or male (gender) they dont mean making whoopie
wow your mind
So i have to correct you but yes in fact you are sexist in your attitude (i have seen it pal) and yes in fact you are heterosexist in your attitude, dude.
While you may not discriminate against LGBT folks you do exhibit a prejudice against them and that is not cool.  He goes on to say:
“It’s just that I do not agree with practices of sodomity.  So, kindly do yourself a favor and don’t take my comments out of context.”
Sodomity?  ohhh goodness – Barry’s badness.  I have no idea why he wanted the word audism in the dictionary so badly because its looking like perhaps he does not own a dictionary.  I know he dont like knowledge or schooling but he can google just as well as the next guy or gal or MTF or FTM and still see that SODOMITY dont exist.  Maybe he can advocate for sodomity and deafless to be added to the dictionary.
NAD’s advocacy did aid in Audism making its way into dictionaries so Barry start using your “political savvy nohow” to actually accomplish something – or don’t
Ya fail Barry.  Left and right – your attacks painfully fail.  Ignorance and arrogance are just a woeful combo.
and what does all this queer talk from Barry have to do with the NAD???  – well here it comes:
” I almost have to be culturally and linguistically Deaf.  NAD hosts this mentality that it’s better to be culturally and linguistically Deaf. Otherwise you are not deaf enough. This brings me to the underlying point… the term ‘deaf’ is now seen as a lesser being than ‘Deaf’.  In this power-hungry society one has to be something more than the rest of the crowd. So what comes next after being culturally and linguistically Deaf?  Deaf Queers!  The birth of Deaf Queers made possible by NAD.”
Barry get your facts straight the NAD does not capitalize the word Deaf unless it is in the title of something – read their website and their magazine and deaf is deaf to them cuz they are basically deaf to the idea that Deaf folks are an ethnicity at present but im hopeful they will wake up to the fact that we are IN FACT an ethnicity (see the book People of the Eye by Lane, Pillard, and Hedberg – oh i forgot u do not read except for this – Howdy Barry.  I see YOU)
(Note to the NAD – see ya might want to consider going with the “D” when writing about Deaf cuz its Dandy to be Deaf and ASL is Handy and Deaf may become the new LGBT and since Barry opposes the use of D it means it must be a good thing.)
Then Barry has some tripping stuff about “special” ness and its clear that he is in an uproar cuz he is not  special enuf cuz he aint Deaf nor is he Queer.  He is just a lonely basin buckaroo doing the bison jump.  Woe is the web weaver.  Then he has some type of pseudo mayan prediction that the Queers wont stop there and this will lead to their own destruction and the downfall of the NAD.  Hmmmmm WOW really!
He closes with:
“We lost NAD when they meddled with Deaf people’s sex lives.  I just don’t see what our ears, our deafness, our deaf culture and language might have to do with our sex lives.  This is beyond stupidity.  No pun intended. “
Really hmmmmm.  George W. Veditz – what was ur “and this is goodbye” back in 1933 all about – were u Queer and just afraid to come out?  re: what Barry does and don’t see – well NO surprise.  In fact all the NAD said was folks should not be discriminated against based on who they love.  That is all.
so “beyond stupidity” yep sir im afraid u is.  re: the pun –  what pun?
In Barry Sewell’s 2nd blog entry re: the NAD and the Queer take over  where he tries to do a wicked twist and spin – he has this statement at the very bottom:
(Disclaimer: This blog is not humor-based. There is no humor in this.)
Well again you are wrong and false here Barry – that entry is incredibly humorous.
And this part – wow:
“I look forward to the day when GLBT controlled NAD are going to dismiss us (straight deaf and Deaf people as well as d/Deaf Christians) because we’re not queers or because we’re not queer enough.  That’d be the day… the day of our liberty… the day when we would no longer be oppressed by NAD’s false representation.  Not kidding you here. I can see this happening, really.”
Barry you lost all credibility and believability LONG before the NAD made a simple statement saying it supports marriage equality.  Don’t even try to fool or comfort yourself with the false illusion that you might be rejected because you are not gay enuf.  Then he goes on to thank the NAD (twist and spin) so that he won’t join them so i guess i should thank NY state for passing the right for Gays and Lesbians to marry.  I already did but will do it again cuz that means now Barry won’t join NY state.
And folks r saying you plan to file a complaint with somebody somewhere against the NAD because it has endorsed marriage equality when you yourself have not been a member of the organization for decades.  Well, keep us posted on the progress – you might have to start your complaint with the disclaimer above because it may very well make some folks howl.  Don’t send it on April fools day or all chance of them even finishing it will be shot.
re: it being reckless strategy on the NAD’s part to support marriage equality and that means they feel GLBT are superior to heterosexual folks – note the word EQUALITY and look it up and also NOTE that the NAACP has endorsed marriage equality.  If they loose some members cause of it – so be it.  Most likely they will gain many more because of it.  Equality and justice for all
and now for my disclaimer: there is some humor in this blog entry cuz if we dont laugh we will cry.  that there blogging of ur’s barry is hitting an all all all time LOW!
The results of all Barry myth-a-making efforts are all the organizations he has attacked are alive and well whereas his reputation and credibility are not.  Hmmm who needs a Trojan Horse when the bloke is his own worst enemy.  There’s a hole in your bucket dear Holism, dear Holism, there’s a hole in your bucket…
Added 6/12/2012 –
It seems the recent 2 blogs and 1 vlog attacking the NAD was not enough so Barry added a new one asserting that the NAD was only for “oppressed” folks and not for “folks like him” (straight, White, Buckaroos, who dont care if they cant access video on the internet due to lack of captions, who dont care about employment discrimination because they dont have a job, nor care about the FACT that some Deaf folks are denied the right to learn ASL and/or marry each other).  Instead of appreciating vlog inquiring about Barry’s ability to see beyond himself, Barry goes defensive, denial, dysfunction triangle.  And he does this without answering the real questions put to him by Randy (who Barry repeatedly refers to as “the gay guy” for no reason at all – even when a commenter (MJ K) asks why are you singling out that the vlogger is gay when it has no bearings on your premise that the NAD is only for oppressed Deaf people?  zoom right over the Holism’s head – he thinks she is critiquing his use of the word “gay” versus the term “queer” – oh dear – there’s a hole in your bucket dear theHolism, Dear theHolism, there’s a hole in your bucket….).

When Randy asks the Holism to remember the times when he viewed a video online to find no captions – the Holism shows that the swiss cheese effect in his logic is SOARING and ROARING because he says – He cant remember this because he grew up with weekly captioned films in his home?

hmmm – what is your point.  You cant SEE that online videos often dont have captions because when you were little once a week you would see a captioned film?  Huh?

He goes on to explain that he has never applied for a job?  Hmmm.

He says Deaf people have always been allowed to marry and really this is not fully true – we still know of folks whose own folks discourage them from marrying a Deaf person.  Still happens every day.  There hasnt been any legislation prohibiting Deaf marriage but there have been attempts to restrict marriage rights for Deaf folks in this country (see AG Bell – a ring a ling ling)

Then he goes on to misrepresent Randal and also does a bunch of twist and spins to shift from saying the NAD is no longer a queer association but rather a bunch of ungrateful whiners unlike him mister “success” who is filled with  great contentment that he spends all his time dissing Deaf organizations because NO HEARING AGGREGATOR would ever carry his crap and thus he can not live without the very people he feels are beneath him  (hmmmm maybe this is why he tries to put folks and organizations down so he can feel a bit taller)

One thing is clear is that he is getting desperater and desperater – its like “NAD is like Rome falling or Sodom and Gomorrah” – “no the NAD is like a bunch of tea partiers” – “no the NAD is like big D Deaf cultists” – “no the NAD is like …. leaving me out and rejecting my buckarooness”

hmmmm- wonder why?

And regarding Deafread aggregator’s gudieline #8 – it states:

We will not post anything that is an attack on a specific race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orienation, age or religion. This offense is serious and the offending blog will be promptly considered for removal from DeafRead’s subscription.

and also says:

Criticizing an idea or organization is fine. Any exceedingly negative posts, regardless of whether a name is used, will be omitted.

From DVTV guidelines:

Cyberstalking is the use of information and communications technology, particularly the Internet, by an individual or group of individuals, to harass another individual, group of individuals, or organization. The behavior includes false accusations, monitoring, the transmission of threats, identity theft, damage to data or equipment, the solicitation of minors for sexual purposes, and gathering information for harassment purposes.

hmmmm – three blog entries and a vlog all attacking the NAD based on falsehoods &/or bigotry in the span of one week – WOW!
Deafread – really?
As always no attacks on Barry and no falsehoods if you should choose to leave a comment
And now all sass aside – this LGBT bashing by Barry is NOT cool because many LGBT youth live in fear and hurt.  And i ain’t having this.  Accepting LGBT does not mean you have to become one.  it just means a government should give to “bigotry, no sanction and to persecution, no assistance” (George Washington and Moses Seixas)
this is a very serious matter – just see the Human Rights Campaign survey results on how LGBT youth feel and live –
And dont try to twist it to mean “see therefore they shouldnt be queer.  then everything would be fine”
the problem is stigma, bias, prejudice, bigotry and discrimination and these r rooted in hate and injustice.  Root out the bad and Root for the good
We STAND.  Biodiversity rocks!
peace and love,
knowledge is power and the truth will set u free
Ya Basta with the B.S. barry