ADDED: if you want to contact your Senators to support the CRPD ratification – CDR has a GREAT online auto system- very easy, fast, and secure: http://capwiz.com/rochestercdr/issues/alert/?alertid=61573231
I call upon the AG Bell Association to issue a denouncement of Theresa Bulger’s unjust and unjustifiable attack on natural sign language, Deaf culture, human rights, the UN CRPD and the National Association of the Deaf. Really uncool of her so the AG Bell Association better step up to the plate and issue a call for SUPPORT of the UN CRDP or else your mask is totally down and we completely see YOUR bias.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been ratified by many nations all over the world however the pro-Oralists in the U.S. are trying to flood US Senators inboxes with a bunch of lies saying that the convention is biased and trying to deny parental rights. Geez they r so wrong. Falsehoods and false prophecies seem to be old habits that are just really hard for them to kick – why? well because what they are selling does not work reliably or justly so they have to resort to deceit – geez that aint sweet.
Excerpts from Theresa Bulger’s War Against CRPD in support of the Oral / Aural Only industry
Bulger falsely explains the CRPD by saying “That means that as the USA comes into compliance with this convention – only sign language will be provided (funded) to children. NAD has made a strategic move to pre-empt dialogue re the ADA.”
She is full of crap folks – it doesnt say ONLY sign language – chill on the BS Bulger.
She goes on to say “Parents will have their choice removed. Statements that sign is the natural and preferred language of the deaf will allow states, school districts and others to support only sign. This is a deliberate and strategic move to undermine parental choice and listening and spoken language options for children.”
What is she saying that a parents’ desire to force their child to be raised oral / aural only and exclude sign language from their life should supersede the right of the child to a fully natural and accessible language – HUH? WOW!
Her sample letter to the Senators is really biased and paints the NAD out to be exclusively ASL folks when many of their members are survivors of pure oralism. She calls for the includion of access for non-signers and that is already put into the convention – READ THE WHOLE THING babe not just the parts about Deaf culture and sign language that you are NOW TRYING TO GET TAKEN OUT.
Who’s biased huh? Who is militant in their feverish pitch for Oral / Aural ONLY and who has a bloody vested interest in the industry of Listening and Spoken Communication
So pretty please CALL and/or email every US Senator urging them to join the other nations in ratifying this right, just and good convention. And after the Senate votes then start ringing AG Bell and telling them this is totally UNACCEPTABLE – how they are playing things – totally WRONG and UNACCEPTABLE this lame fear mongering and playing off the parents.
I can not tell you how many parents i have met who REGRET not learning sign language and there is nothing in the CRPD that says the parents must sign – they just shouldnt deny the child the right to a fully natural and accessible language because that is what all children are entitled to. Many parents regret not learning to sign years later even if their Deaf child hears a plenty and speaks – why do they wish they had learned – well cuz its mighty handy to have sign language and sometimes the Deaf child (later adult) lingers longer at the table when signing is present and sometimes they bring home Deaf pals who sign and sometimes they fall in love with those Deaf pals and make more Deaf babies and then mom and dad really regret not knowing sign language and well just cuz its the right, just and good thing to do and the learning of signing does not pre-empt or exclude the ability to learn speech and/or use hearing devices etc.
Geez how the Oralists spin and play things – that is just rude and nasty of u. geez this one is much worse than the pepsi letter and the unwanted and offensive membership cards to teachers of the Deaf – three strikes and you out AG Bell / LSL center. Ya better take a stand against this bs and for the CRPD
Now the AG Bell Association might say they didnt have anything to do with this call for opposing the UN CRPD from Bulger; however, the call did go out on an AG Bell Deaf Adults list group and Bulger was a chair for a past AG Bell Convention and if they can denounce AFA before we even had our peaceful and 1st amendment sanctioned rally at their place in 2009, they can surely denounce Bulger’s unjust misrepresentation of CRPD
I’ve copied and pasted AFA’s sample letter you can email the US Senators urging them to do the right thing and ratify the UN CRPD.
Audism Free America’s sample letter – Just add your name)
22 July 2012
Greetings Dear Senator:
We urge you to support the ratification of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UN CRPD) because presently all over the globe Deaf children are denied what children from all walks are life are regularly given freely and openly: access to language and equality. We most especially support the following provisions in the UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:
We hope the U.S. will join the other civilized nations of this world and ratify this important convention in a step toward guaranteeing the rights of ALL individuals that we, as Americans, have pledged to uphold.
Let Freedom Roll,