Advanced Bionics Put Profit Over People q

Advanced Bionics headquarters against a blue sky with black lettered spray painted signs on white poster boards hanging in front on a fence spelling out the words (AB) HARMS DEAF CHILDREN July 2013

Advanced Bionics headquarters against a blue sky with black lettered spray painted signs on white poster boards hanging in front on a fence spelling out the words (AB) HARMS DEAF CHILDREN July 2013

ADVANCED BIONICS keeps shocking us.

Advanced Bionics Put Profit Over People q

We have been sharing info on the dangers of cochlear implants for a while here at the People of the Eye place simply because no one else was.

It wasn’t anything i wanted to pursue or even think about.  But the truth kept on a calling and there are more truths to be told.

In addition to Advanced Bionics being fined by the FDA to the tune of $1.1 million dollars and having numerous recalls and having caused alot of deaths from meningitis infections post implantation – it was sued by a KY family who’s daughter got shocked by her Advanced Bionics cochlear implant four years AFTER it was implanted due to a moisture leak.  A Ky jury awarded the family over $7 million dollars.

[see A Tool That Shocks – Advanced Bionics & AG Bell https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/a-tool-that-shocks-the-holy-grail/]

The latest is more facts are coming out about how Advanced Bionics engaged in corporate deviance – knowingly allowing their faulty devices to remain out on the market.  This is a HUGE problem folks cuz these devices dont just sit on shelves, they don’t just travel in people’s pockets – they get implanted into the brain – yes the electrodes make contact with the brain and moisture leak where there is brain fluid is NOT NOT NOT NOT cool.

Deceit is not sweet. – So see the latest news story from the Today show of NBC about a family that is VERY upset that their daughter got a faulty implant.  Language delay is not cool.  Corporate deviance is derelict.  Profit from false prophecies unjust.  http://www.today.com/health/defective-cochlear-implants-shocked-kids-even-though-company-had-been-2D79371793

Note the quote from the doctor in the news:

Dr. Gadre says he’s angry that small children were forced to undergo multiple, traumatic surgeries.

“I think those human beings made a terrible decision,” he said. “When you start putting profits before people, because that’s the only way I can interpret this, if you start putting profits before people it never comes to a good end. There’s no way that that could ever come to a good end.”

Advanced Bionics putting profit over WEE people is totally unconscionable.  AG Bell Association being associated (ie in bed with Advanced Bionics) – accepting HUGE amounts of money from Advanced Bionics and featuring them as their major conference sponsors is WRONG.

With a capital A for Audism and C for capitalism.

NOT COOL.

Very thankful that Audism Free America held a peaceful demonstration at Advanced Bionics in July 2013 and spelled out the truth to help make the invisible visible.

group of protesters in front of Advanced Bionics hold up white poster boards with black spraypainted letters spelling out (AB) Harms Deaf Children in the scorching heat of LA, CA July 2013

group of protesters in front of Advanced Bionics hold up white poster boards with black spray painted letters spelling out (AB) Harms Deaf Children in the scorching heat of LA, CA July 2013

Audism Free America started a petition calling upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate and impartial and independent investigation into the safety of cochlear implants especially in children.  The petition has over 1500 signatures at the PETITION ONLINE site – Please feel free to sign and circulate.  Many prominent folks have signed the petition such as Drs. Ben Bahan and Harlan Lane.  Add your John Hancock so that we get ANSWERS. http://www.petitiononline.com/AFA62509/petition.html

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Dear Obama – Vlogs and Petition in support of ASL

greetings all

Adrean Clark, artist, author, and publisher, has started a petition at the White House “We, the People,…” petition website.  If the petition gets over 25,000 signatures, it will then be reviewed by the White House.

ASL Lives by Nancy Rourke (c)

Read, Sign and share folks.  ASLers and Allies get busy ; ).  click for Link to the petition call

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for the recognition of American Sign Language as a community language and a language of instruction –

(click here to see an ASL vlog of Adrean explaining the purpose of the petition)

In addition to signing and circulating the petition, Adrean has also called for folks to share with Obama why ASL is important to them.

If you signed and/or circulated the petition – pls feel free to leave a “I sign so I signed” comment below.  Also if you make a vlog about why ASL is important to you and you would like to have it added here, please leave a link to your vlog in the comments section and we’ll embed it in this post later.  Also if folks prefer to do a pix holding up a sign saying “Sign on for American SIGN Language” #ASLOBAMA – pls feel free to link us to that.  Twitter and hashtag #ASLOBAMA

Video explaining why we are thankful for ASL:

Adrean Clark

Nancy Rourke

me

Alison Aubrecht

Mark Myer

Kathleen Kinnee

Z VRS ASL petition

Convo Sign the ASL petition

Irish Lady (Jean Murphy’s video of pix from the ASLfor.us campaign)

opposes HB1367 – Katter’s bilingual letter and ASL Arts

We are collecting letters (ASL and/or English) re: opposing HB 1367 and other expressions on the topic.  Some recent gems to cross our path at the People of the Eye are below.
Margaret Katter, a student at Indiana School for the Deaf, explains why she opposes Indiana HB 1367 in ASL + English.  Ain’t bilingualism grand and aren’t Deaf people smart!

Go to Maisha’s blog to see Margaret’s video and links for InDeafEdCoalition FB and petition to stop HB 1367

See John Maucere’s ASL poem about the beauty of acceptance, unconditional love, and bilingualism.

See Jon Lenois ASL poem

Maisha continues to update her blog entry re: #liesAGBelltoldmyparents campaign

http://wheresmaisha.blogspot.com/2012/01/deaf-survivors-of-ag-bell-association.html

INDeafEdCoalition Facebook continues to have info, updates, pictures, and videos re: HB 1367 also http://www.facebook.com/INDeafEdCoalition

the Oppose HB 1367 petition is over ~ 6,000 now

http://www.change.org/petitions/oppose-hb-1367

And one of the cosponsors of HB 1368 – did an about face and withdrew her sponsorship – SWEET.

Ya making a difference folks.  Stand tall and Stand Strong.

We SHINE and we STAND.  Its Grand to be Deaf and Handy to have ASL.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem. 

~ Gandhi (of course ;  )

#Lies AG Bell … Truths being told!

heye all

im over joyed

im just WOW so happy that ya all are STANDING and DEMANDING that our TRUTHS BE TOLD

Julie Rems-Smario has launched a Lies AG Bell Told My Parents campaign

you can see the pictures / text / truths and info in the twitter and facebook accounts – please add yours and when you do in twitter add the hashtag of #liesagbelltoldmyparents and #HB1367  this way none of the good stuff goes missing

INDeafEdCoaltion Facebook http://www.facebook.com/INDeafEdCoalition to upload pix and read / see other text, pix, and video – dont miss wee baby Erika

Thank you Julie for finding a positive and creative solution to the suppression and burying of the truth about the reign of error (oral / aural only) and the 2nd wave tsunami that is trying to hit us all via CI+AVT, LRE mainstreaming mandate and Oral ONLY schools resurgence

Thank you Bert Pickell for starting the Deaf Education Coalition Oppose  HB 1367 Petition http://www.change.org/petitions/oppose-hb-1367

KUDOS and THANK YOU to all the folks in Indiana who are saying NOPE – nothing ABOUT us withOUT us – no way.  and also they be saying YA BASTA to AG Bell and Co (see Hear Indiana and Karl White and Lisa Kovacs and…. we see u)

We aint gonna stand for this again – no way.  And big thanks to Karen Kingrey who is making the trip from Austin, Texas to Houston, Texas today to hand deliver over 2,000 signatures to the hospital that will be experimenting on Deaf newborns and infants.  You go girl!  Pls sign the petition folks and get your family to too.  Karen K aims to send the petition to the US Legislature and Senate and President Obama after February 5th so hurry and sign and circulate.  Say no to eugenics.

Karen we are with you in spirit and indebted to you big time.

http://signon.org/sign/stop-stem-cells-experiment.fb1?source=s.fb&r_by=1970141

im in a rush so im just gonna feed ya some important links below but there are MANY more good stuff out there.  many folks have been singing our songs of freedom – THE TRUTH – for a mighty long time folks and now we see a might stream flowing.  this is good and important.  – hopefully soon i can do a blog entry re: some of the important ART that has come out of the movement cuz a picture is worth a thousand words and the role of the artist is to disturb the peace ~ james baldwin (negative peace that is not positive peace – the telling of the truths gets us one step closer to a TRUE and POSITIVE PEACE of which MLK Jr Dreamed and STOOD and WORKED for)

we be jumping at the sun folks.  You are BEAUTIFUL.  keep shining and know you are LOVED!

and oh – AG Bell – yes i know you read me ; )  YA BASTA!

AGBell: The Elephant in the Room by Ella Mae Lentz

Shawn Elfink tells the truth about St Joseph outreach trying to upsurge ISD outreach as she is a survivor of the St Joseph system


Jay Kieger – Geese know something that we dont?

Jeffrey Robert’s AG Bell the Man and the Association

http://theterlinguan.blogspot.com/2012/01/alexander-graham-bell-man-and.html

(cuz some folks like to pretend that AG Bell and co. have reformed their ways when they AIN’T.  Just see the Pepsi letter they wont retract and the membership cards insulting teachers of the Deaf by calling them Hearing specialists and their FALSE PROPHECY motto of “Independence through listening and talking” – the Association was born on the bedrock of AUDISM – the belief that to hear and/or behave as a hearing person is superior to being Deaf and they have maintained that stance up to this VERY day.  just see AG Bell’s components of quality auditory/oral program and their mandate to infiltrate public schools and how Hear Indiana an offspring of AG Bell Association and a devoted disciple of the oral / aural only  any mean means necessary doctrine’s components of a quality auditory/oral program CHECKLIST.  they aint been shy or quiet about it folks.  u can spin, deny, detract, distract, minimize, falsely testify and “debate” all ya want but YA BASTA.  Truths being told and the river is gonna flow.  See ya all in st. louis)

Maisha blog with pix of the truth and Maureen Klusza awesome and famous Greatest Irony cartoon and our ancestor – George W. Veditz famous Preservation of Sign Language film with Dr. Carol Padden’s translation.  I weeped!

http://wheresmaisha.blogspot.com/2012/01/lies-agbell-told-my-parents.html?showComment=1327771030405#c2430135625677559877

Call Cuomo, Links & Letters re: 4201

folks are URGED to call the gov. office as the next two weeks will be intensive discussions of the budget with the NY assembly and senate.  (518) 474-8390

Simply say: I oppose Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposal to shift funds away from 4201 schools

scroll down to see

  • 2nd letter to Gov. Cuomo re: his proposed shell game budget for 4201 schools
  • thank u letters to my NY assemblyman and senator (15 march 2011), which are basically revised letters of the first letter  i sent to Gov Cuomo

to Sign the petition to oppose Gov Cuomo’s shfity shifting of $ away from 4201 schools go to:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-ny-4201-school-funding/

Pls sign folks (no matter where u live) – it only takes a minute and is a very secure petition system.  Also spread the word – the more names the better!

For more info on the Oppose Cuomo’s budget proposal for 4201 schools, see:

tp://www.deafnyaction.org/

http://www.rsdeaf.org/news.asp?action=view&ID=584

http://4201schoolsassociation.wordpress.com/

join the open facebook on OPPOSE CUOMO’S PLAN FOR 4201 SCHOOLS

http://www.facebook.com

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Letter to NY Governor Cuomo Opposing his proposed budget re: 4201 funding (submitted online and mailed 19 March 2011)

18 March 2011

Greetings Governor Cuomo:

I would like to commend the NY state assembly and senate in working to restore funding to the 4201 schools that serve Deaf, Blind and severely disabled students.  By law there are to be alternative types of programs offered to different populations so that they are not pigeonholed into a one size fits all model.   Many people who have been mainstreamed share how “inclusion was an illusion” and they often felt isolated.  Sadly, this is not an isolated case of just one or two students by rather of many.  While some may do well and prefer a mainstream setting, many others thrive in programs where they have access to fully accessible language, teachers who understand and value what they bring to the table that is unique and diverse, and allow them to not have to “work for their words” but rather spend their energies and brain power on learning content areas and engaging in creative, active and full participation rather than spending their days on the sidelines.

I regret that you did not stop by the rally for 4201 schools in Albany on Thursday.  The hall was overflowing and the spirits were high and enthusiastic for the call that our fundamental principle for which this country was formed be upheld: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Equality is not based on putting everyone into the same environment and expecting them to sink or swim but rather on ensuring that barriers and discriminatory practices are removed from their environment to ensure equality of condition.  It was inspiring and amazing to see student after student and parent after parent sing the praise of their 4201 schools on Thursday in Albany.  Just as it was when we marched out front to stand outside in the rain and cold to chant and cheer – to be heard and seen. It was beautiful to see the citizens of our good state exercising and cherishing our first amendment rights of freedom of speech and assembly to send a very clear message to you that you shall not violate existing federal legislation that ensures that Deaf, Blind and Severely Disabled students have suitable and equal education.

Given the fact that Deaf people make up a cultural and linguistic minority, your push to eliminate and/or severely reduce Deaf schools has a significant impact and is in danger of putting an ethnic group at risk. You may not be aware of the long campaign against American Sign Language in this country and the long legacy of trying to keep Deaf people away from each other by isolating them in Hearing schools across the country in an effort to diminish Deaf culture and ASL (ie a cultural and linguistic genocide) but these efforts have been ongoing.  ASL & English education and Deaf schools do the “greatest good for the greatest number.”  Thus, your proposed budget to shift funds away from 4201 schools is all the more perilous.

We very much look forward to seeing you work to restore the 4201 funding and work with the schools to make fiscal accommodations as needed during these hard times while ensuring their commitment to American Sign Language & English and a top quality education for Deaf students, in addition to all the important and wonderful work that happens at the 4201 schools across the state.

As one young protester signed-chanted outside your building on Thursday – “Stop ignoring us now, stop ignoring us now, stop ignoring us now.”  The problem is not that the students do not hear or see, the problem is that you do not listen and understand.  I voted for you and would like to vote for you again.  I truly hope you will do the right thing.  A shell game with dollars that leaves Deaf, Blind and Severely disabled students out in the cold is not fiscally responsible, admirable, wise, right, just or good.

Peace,

Patti Durr

Encl: My first letter

ADDED: https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/letter-to-gov-cuomo-re-4201-schools/

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Thank you letter to NY State Assemblyman Morelle

from          patti durr
to morellej (at) assembly.state.ny.us
date Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 9:53 PM
subject Thank you for working to restore funding for 4201 Schools
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Honorable Assemblyman Morelle:

I want to thank you and your fellow assembly representatives for commitment to restore funding for NY state 4201 schools due to the fact that Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget is an ineffective measure at cost saving and for many other sound and just reasons.  At a time when approximately 86% of Deaf children spend part or all of their school days in mainstream settings, there is a dire need for schools and programs that provide direct instruction, a fully natural and accessible language, Deaf role models and peers, and instructors who are skilled with methods and materials that approach the Deaf child from an additive point of view rather than a deficit point of view.

Recent research findings show:

  • The deaf students who perform best academically usually are the ones whose parents have effectively communicated with them from an early age.
  • Children who sign early on generally outperform those who do not sign during their early school years.
  • Deaf students do not always learn, think, or know in the same ways as hearing children.

http://www.ntid.rit.edu/news/deaf-education-new-philosophy

Many of the 4201 schools provide sign language classes for families of Deaf children and education about Deaf culture to ensure that the parents as well as the children are not washed away in the mainstream.  This early intervention and education for both the child and the parent serves them well on in later years.  These schools are also very familiar with the different ways in which Deaf children learn and do not force them into a one-Hearing-size fits all model that is often unavoidable in public school settings.

In addition to all of this, 4201 schools often provide Deaf children with roots & wings.  As Hodding Carter stated, “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.”

4th grader Elizabeth Mayes confirms the value of this in her letter to Governor Cuomo where she explains: “At RSD, I feel so welcomed. I even know people like me. I learn a lot more than in mainstream. So, please, please, don’t close RSD or any other deaf schools in New York State.” Roots & wings come from a sense of belonging and ease so that the challenges can be those of the normal learning process and social / emotional development of any child rather than trying to constantly swim against the tide or just tread water.

Elizabeth’s older brother, David Mayes gives us a first hand look at what that constant near drowning in the mainstream can do when he bravely writes to the Governor and shares of his truths: “….I was very sad and lonely, and I did not want to live.  Yes, I was suicidal, and I was depressed and lonely, and didn’t know where I fit in.  I didn’t have the will to live because no one wanted to be around a deaf student, and I do not want to go through the same thing over…”

The International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) 2010 Vancouver New Era agreement affirmed David and Elizabeth’s sentiments when it set forth an Accord for the Future in which it declared:

“We call upon all Nations of the world to ratify and adhere to the Principles of the United Nations, specifically those outlined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that state education is to be delivered with an emphasis on the acquisition of language and academic, practical, and social knowledge”

“We call upon all Nations to facilitate, enhance and embrace their Deaf citizens’ participation in all governmental decision-making process affecting all aspects of their lives”

“Call upon all Nations to support a child-centred approach in educational programs and a family-centred approach in all support services for Deaf and hearing family members.”

There are many other stories like Elizabeth and David’s.  Imagine sending your own child(ren) to schools in which they can only access information from an interpreter all day, day after day after day.  The Deaf children and their families deserve suitable, humane, egalitarian, academically sound and just alternatives.

Thank you for ensuring our NY state government will not be ripping out the roots & in turn denying these children their wings.  I wish you and your representatives all the best in coming to an agreeable and just budget.

Peace,

Patricia Durr

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Auto reply from Morelle:

from   morellej (at) assembly.state.ny.us
to pattidurr
date Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 9:53 PM
subject Auto: Thank you for working to restore funding for 4201 Schools
Dear Friend:
Thank you for taking the time to contact my office to express your opinions.
Due to the high volume of e-mails we receive on a daily basis, I am sending this to confirm that I am in receipt of your e-mail.  Please, expect a more in-depth response shortly.
Once again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.  If I can be of any further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Warmest personal regards,
Joseph D. Morelle
Member of Assembly

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Thank you letter to NY State Senator Robach

from patti durr
to robach (at) nysenate.gov
date Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 9:57 PM
subject Thank you for supporting NY 4201 schools

Dear Senator Robach:

I want to thank you and your fellow NY state senators for your commitment to restore funding for NY state 4201 schools due to the fact that Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget is an ineffective measure at cost saving and for many other sound and just reasons.  At a time when approximately 86% of Deaf children spend part or all of their school days in mainstream settings, there is a dire need for schools and programs that provide direct instruction, a fully natural and accessible language, Deaf role models and peers, and instructors who are skilled with methods and materials that approach the Deaf child from an additive point of view rather than a deficit point of view.

Recent research findings show:

  • The deaf students who perform best academically usually are the ones whose parents have effectively communicated with them from an early age.
  • Children who sign early on generally outperform those who do not sign during their early school years.
  • Deaf students do not always learn, think, or know in the same ways as hearing children.

http://www.ntid.rit.edu/news/deaf-education-new-philosophy

Many of the 4201 schools provide sign language classes for families of Deaf children and education about Deaf culture to ensure that the parents as well as the children are not washed away in the mainstream.  This early intervention and education for both the child and the parent serves them well on in later years.  These schools are also very familiar with the different ways in which Deaf children learn and do not force them into a one-Hearing-size fits all model that is often unavoidable in public school settings.

In addition to all of this, 4201 schools often provide Deaf children with roots & wings.  As Hodding Carter stated, “There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.”

4th grader Elizabeth Mayes confirms the value of this in her letter to Governor Cuomo where she explains: “At RSD, I feel so welcomed. I even know people like me. I learn a lot more than in mainstream. So, please, please, don’t close RSD or any other deaf schools in New York State.” Roots & wings come from a sense of belonging and ease so that the challenges can be those of the normal learning process and social / emotional development of any child rather than trying to constantly swim against the tide or just tread water.

Elizabeth’s older brother, David Mayes gives us a first hand look at what that constant near drowning in the mainstream can do when he bravely writes to the Governor and shares of his truths: “….I was very sad and lonely, and I did not want to live.  Yes, I was suicidal, and I was depressed and lonely, and didn’t know where I fit in.  I didn’t have the will to live because no one wanted to be around a deaf student, and I do not want to go through the same thing over…”

The International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) 2010 Vancouver New Era agreement affirmed David and Elizabeth’s sentiments when it set forth an Accord for the Future in which it declared:

“We call upon all Nations of the world to ratify and adhere to the Principles of the United Nations, specifically those outlined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that state education is to be delivered with an emphasis on the acquisition of language and academic, practical, and social knowledge”

“We call upon all Nations to facilitate, enhance and embrace their Deaf citizens’ participation in all governmental decision-making process affecting all aspects of their lives”

“Call upon all Nations to support a child-centred approach in educational programs and a family-centred approach in all support services for Deaf and hearing family members.”

There are many other stories like Elizabeth and David’s.  Deaf children and their families deserve suitable, humane, egalitarian, academically sound and just alternatives.

Thank you for ensuring our NY state government will not be ripping out the roots & in turn denying these children their wings.

Peace,

Patricia Durr

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NO REPLY FROM ROBACH

Sign New Era Petition

The World Federation of the Deaf has a petition on-line encouraging folks to sign the New Era agreement

please do – its really important http://www.petitions24.com/wfd

prior “People of the Eye” post on the New Era agreement here

peace,

patti