CEASD & OPTION INC.
so a few weeks ago CEASD Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf http://www.ceasd.org/ met in Indiana and they had a presentation / panel about ALLIANCES AND PARTNERSHIPS with Option Schools, Inc. Option Schools are Oral /Aural Only programs – IE they EXCLUDE / BAN/ DENY ASL http://optionschools.org/
NAD & AGB & CEASD
The NAD National Association of the Deaf was there too. the NAD already serves on an ALLIANCE with the AG Bell Association (AG Bell Association is the # 1 – Oral / Aural Only promotor – IE they EXCLUDE / BAN / DENY ASL and refuses to apologize for its offensive letter to Pepsi portraying signing Deaf folks as isolated and dependent). See the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance membership http://www.dhhainfo.com/members/ to see that the NAD (and CEASD) has been k-i-s-s-i-n-g with AG Bell for a mighty long time now.
CEASD & NAD & OPTION INC.
Option Schools, Inc is having a conference in Buffalo, NY May 18-21, 2014 and CEASD and the NAD will be there.
This is very De Ja Vu folks.
we already been there, done that.
ie – we already tried to work with the Oralist Oppressors.
NOTE: there is nothing wrong with developing oral skills – there is EVERYTHING wrong with insisting it is the only / exclusive / mandatory way to “function” in society and listening and talking create independence. Speaking and listening does not equate intelligence nor independence folks. The notion that to speak and listen (ie Oralism) is superior to being Deaf is bigotry and bias speaking . Audism anyone?
from Option Schools, Inc website:
OPTION Schools, Inc. will be a recognized authority on listening and spoken language education for children with hearing loss. We will be known for our work in, and dedication to helping children with hearing loss to listen and talk and reach their full potential. We will continue to provide a wide variety of programs and services that will increase the effectiveness of schools and centers that teach children with hearing loss. We will be an unfailing source of information and training for our members, and in our field.
this is so same ole same ole
so why praise tell is the CEASD and the NAD teaming up with Optionless schools?
(we call them optionLESS because they truly are – they are denying Deaf children the right to a natural and fully accessible language and that goes against 4 International groups saying Deaf children have a RIGHT to a natural signed language – http://audismfreeamerica.blogspot.com/2011/10/international-documents-asserting.html)
Why is CEASD and the NAD making ALLIANCES with OptionLESS schools & AG Bell Association?
one Deaf leader in Facebook said with dismay “I put my trust in our Deaf leaders to do right by the Deaf children”
yep. Tis a pity.
why oh why?
NAD is saying its not happy happy about OptionLESS schools inc and CEASD k-i-s-s-i-n-g cuz NAD got stung by some Option School folks in the FLA legislative meetings
bbuuuuuuttttttt – it supports CEASD cuz it supports the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy bill – See HR 4040
(but there really isnt much to see)
This bill was never impressive cuz its like ‘Oral only is ok’
(which we know it is NOT)
and now the bill has been expanded to include Blind and Deafblind folks and the Blind provisions are MUCH STRONGER than the provisions originated by the NAD and CEASD. The blind folks are asserting their rights mighty nicely methink. (ie we dont see any provision saying the denial of the use of a cane or braille is ok)
the CEASD’s reasons for having an ALLIANCE with OptionLESS schools has not be clearly articulated.
According to tweets from the Indiana CEASD conference – CEASD said the big elephant in the room was Option Schools going after Deaf school funding while OPTION Inc said the big elephant was that folks dont understand what Option Inc is about.
really the BIGGEST ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IS – ORALISM
Oralism is THE DENIAL OF A NATURAL SIGNED LANGUAGE
ORALISM CAN NOT BE DONE WITH OUT EXCLUSIONARY AND ABUSIVE PRACTICES. THAT IS THE BIGGEST ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
WILL CEASD AND/OR NAD STATE THIS FACT IN BUFFALO, NY NEXT WEEK?
cuz when u put money over children
cuz when u pursue unjust and unwise ALLIANCES
cuz when u pretend that Option Schools, Inc really provide options
cuz when u draft bills that are devoted to saving your schools and positions and not saving the children
cuz when u create illusions of equality (Deaf at EHDI, Deaf on ALLIANCES with AG Bell, Deaf at Option Conferences) without any demands for equality of condition for the CHILDREN
cuz when u dont address the TRUE elphant in the room
cuz when u dont release the Language Deprivation bill by Dec 1 as promised (hello, NAD we see you)
cuz when u wheel and deal – gala here, meeting there, super bowl rah rah rah
cuz when u never invest in ASL and the Deaf -world – always fighting for things to serve the elite and privileged over the most down trodden of us
cuz when u dont heed the words and actions of our ancestors who have already encountered the deadly tango with the Oral / Aural ONLYIST
cuz when u dont know history
you fail the children
There is NOTHING wrong with demanding that Deaf children have a right to a fully natural and accessible signed language. They can also learn oral and aural skills
There is EVERYTHING wrong with being in alliance with organizations, groups, associations, and business (ie Inc and Ltds) that advocate for the denial of ASL and for oral / aural ONLY
sure you can go the route of “you get more flies with honey” or whatever that bloody idiom is
or the one about “building bridges instead of burning” them but
the truth is – we dont want flies we want justice
the truth is – the bridge was burned a long time ago and is STILL burning – anytime an organization, institution, inc, ltd commits itself to be Oral / Aural ONLY – it is burning the bridge
the CEASD and NAD crossing over the burning bridge thinking its gonna give them a wee measure to limp a long a bit more is reckless and UNJUST
LGBTQ have not gained the rights they are gaining today by having acquiesced to the oppressors
African-Americans have not gained the rights they have today by acquiescing to the oppressors
Women have not gained the rights they have today by acquiescing to the oppressors
CEASD and NAD – ya can continue down this path and we know where it will lead – we already done played this one out – u r ushering in the 2nd wave of Oralism because u feel there is no other choice but in fact we do have OPTIONS
awake and stand
if u must be in Buffalo – you MUST stand and testify to all the abuse that goes on under the cloak of “restoring the Deaf to society” IE ORALISM
cuz it still goes on
kids are still being rapped on the hand with rulers and YARD STICKS (this happened 2 years ago to a Deaf 16 year old man (yes 16 is considered legal age in some states) with a CI, who said to his speech pathologist – i dont want to do speech therapy any more – WHACK! Take that)
there is more folks – MUCH MORE
OH and check out how effective the visibility at EHDI is working out for Deaf folks – audiologist blogs that Deaf signing folks at EHDI made a parent cry – ahhh inclusion
We demand it cuz Deaf folks are worth it
or dont and SINK
Remember and heed the words of the first president of the National Association of the Deaf. NAD was founded in 1880 and 2 scores later, six years before his death, The McGregor was still calling for the NAD to stand strong and do what it was formed to do – oppose oppression via oralism.
See Robert P. McGregor’s Irishman’s Flea – that has great relevancy today:
In this 1913 classic film, The McGregor compares an elusive and pesky flea to the irksome myth of the “restored to society deaf” which can never be found because they do not exist.
Ella Mae Lentz’s classic vlog about the true Elephant in the room – ORALISM – which depends on falsehoods and deceit and ALLIANCES to continue its reign of error.
AGBell: the Elephant in the Deaf Room