I decided to write this blog on behalf of Deaf people, whose culture is appropriated by and for the glory of hearing people.
ASL Day is supposed to honor and award given to Deaf people. They because they are the innovators of ASL. Without ASL, we have no past, no society, no culture, no relationships, and real humanity within our community. Stories shape our consciousness–ASL creates Deaf people.
It helps Deaf people develop an understanding and cultural heritage and cultivates an interest in exploring the diversity of human heritage generally. ASL is a marvellous invention, ASL is a greater external memory and that applies for Deaf people.
Recently in Kissimmee, Florida, an award was given for ASL Day. If you look closer at the picture, a hearing person is standing there receiving the award. The woman in the red dress is Angela Roth, a certified hearing interpreter, who has taken the spotlight off Deaf people so she could stand in it.
The change we need to demand has been declared in ASL. No award shall go to hearing people when they are not the owners of ASL.
Did Angela Roth deserve the award?
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