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Thought of the Day: Is “Disempowerment” Overlooked?

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Deaf author published an article, “A Quick Look at Everyday Disempowerment of Deaf people” in Spring 2016 issue of NADmag.

“The Deaf community certainly has come a long way over the decades, even if the pendulum constantly swings from one side to the other in terms of education, discrimination, access, and equality. It is so important that we are all aware of the rights we hold as humans who are Deaf.”

“…having our lives decided or even dictated by people with no knowledge of ASL or Deaf culture…”

“Ripple effects: deaf people aren’t hired, and those outside of the deaf community, in turn, continue to have beliefs and perceptions shaped by hearing people.”

“What can we do, as Deaf people, to help lessen disempowerment ranging from simple acts to in-depth, intentional acts?”

“Even the seemingly small acts of disempowerment that we’ve become so accustomed, almost immune to, have major impact on our everyday lives as Deaf people. It is crucial that we, as Deaf people, become fully educated on acts of disempowerment, the interpreting process, on our roles, on our legal rights, and on how to deal with conflict or oppression.”

How can we overcome the disempowerment even by own Deaf people that continue to have beliefs and perceptions to oppress own Deaf person?

Deaf vs Deaf—would end up attacking each other in order to gain popularity and it is dangerous. It shapes perceptions of Deaf people when they do not know the full stories in the mind of viewers, and thus endangers Deaf people in neighbourhoods across the country. Also, profiling is extremely dangerous, too.

That might be the thought of the day.

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-JT

Copyright @ 2017 Jason Tozier

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