What is now being done? Deaf scholars have yet identified by now the full dimensions of hiring hearing teachers that does not know ASL very well in Deaf Studies departments. There is an alarming rate that the unemployment is high for Deaf people even qualified Deaf folks with higher education degrees. Who will teach? How many? Where? And where will they be found? By what methods, first and foremost, will Deaf scholars be found, recruited, and involved?
There are lots of Deaf people who are going to respond because they want a decent chance to earn a living and to have a comfortable life: if not for their Deafhood journey, then for their people. The value of Deaf Studies anywhere questions in mirrors.
Do we consider “hearing” to be our enemies or friends? Do we ask the hearing people in to share in our existence? Deaf Studies were supposed to share its mountain of healing. Another is a common reference to oppress Deaf people as “the target population”–Deaf Studies was supposed to focus for Deaf people to be employed in the department, by definition, is shared knowledge. As such, it is collective by necessity. Deaf people sign in private moments.
Deaf people, when viewed as a collective process, helps to reduce our feelings of Audism from hearing people, an anointed individual whether the hearing people is in charge of Deaf Studies when they do not know ASL well even Deaf Studies itself, and in this way, heightens our struggle and guards against our pain in “truth” offered by hearing people who appears to have the authority over Deaf people, students and Deaf scholars.
If one precious goal of minimizing Audism in Deaf Studies, it is the right way of informed respect to defend us against Audism, whether power trip or language hegemony, then the initial stages of Deaf people so far as possible, to pose the vision of oppression from whether imposed us by hearing people to whom, permanently, Deaf people find themselves oppressed everywhere. Someone once said, “Deaf Studies should be for Deaf people only.” Do you think it is fair enough? Can they give them employment and secure a fair life?
When JT became Deaf, he had to suffer a lot of language aversion where IEPs (Individual Education Plan) by audiologists, speech therapists, and teachers told his family that JT would likely never be succeed in college and unable to tie his shoe laces. But they were sorely, extraordinarily mistaken.
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