How Important is ASL in Transmitting Coronavirus?

Does speech in transmitting Coronavirus more dangerous than American Sign Language (ASL)?

American Democracy: Is It Broken?

What is democracy in America today? Is it broken?

Vote. Vote. Vote. Election is an important factor. Why? Democracy. What is democracy meant to you? In the past, democracy in America used to be respected. Now today’s democracy in America, it’s getting worse and broken. It is truly a constitutional crisis, ripping up United States Constitution, ignoring the respect of law, for example, a picture of Trump ripping up the U.S. Constitution in the root of the rich money. Federal laws were violated, bribery, and ignoring legal jeopardy.

What is democracy? The author, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote a book, “Democracy in America”, is a large book, 500+ pages, understanding the depth of democracy, the quality of life, this book is highly recommended to read. I feel that it is important to share this information, where I have not seen anyone in the Deaf community discuss about this topic.

The Washington Post published recently,

“Trump is supposed to be preparing to hand over power. Will the government be ready?”

where it discusses under federal law, a President must report to Congress on pre-election presidential transition preparations twice: once at six months ahead and again at three months near before the election. We’ve passed the six months mark already. Nothing has happened.

What does it meant to you about that? Let’s take a look at Alexis de Tocqueville’s quote:

“The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.”

 

How the Mental Health Reshapes in the Deaf Community

 

How the Coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the mental health in the Deaf community. Important to focus on “reshaping” and understand. May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

American Sign Language (ASL) is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Rights are important. Why? ASL is the form of ‘speech’ of the Deaf. Communication, information, and knowledge by accessing to ASL in counseling. That is your right. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

When the COVID-19 crisis affects Deaf people’s well-being, mental health–they would seek Deaf-centered counseling. The quality of Deaf counseling is the greatest tool to decompress any kind of stress. The gain of the mental health reminds of Paddy Ladd, the Deaf author, Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood, writes:

“It has become clear, too, that the rapid growth of this contact, combined with the quality rapid growth in unexamined use of the Deaf culture concept, has created a situation in which Deaf cultural research is needed as a matter of maximum urgency.”

Deaf-centered counseling is truly a dedication, they are the front line helpers. Many solutions can help Deaf citizens to feel stress-free. When counseling is being deprived of this pandemic, in a hearing world, where Deaf people often fall under a wrong agenda, struggling with language deprivation.

The mental health awareness in the human welfare of the Deaf, seek for better guidance through Deaf-centered counseling to provide resources, should not be simply a struggle of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Mental health awareness also should not be a struck in human struggle, but to serve the public awareness as possible for the Deaf community to have a valid reason why Deaf-centered counseling on the front lines of this pandemic is forever in debt to provide every Deaf person.

Please visit:

Deaf Counseling Center

Much grateful,

-Jason “JT” Tozier

 

Using Non-Deaf Returnees to ‘Speak’ for Deaf Returnees: NO-NO!

It is important to analyze privileges. Check your privileges! For example, White people speak for Black people? NO! Men speak for Women? NO! Hearing people speak for Deaf people? NO!

Same thing as non-returning citizens. No difference. Those people who had not experienced jail or prison emotionally, physically and mentally. Understand what it is being a Deaf returning citizen or returnees “RC” like after returning to the society. Do they really understand hardships, emotional triggers, stigma, PTSD, depression, labeling, the list goes on. You cannot measure their struggles and understand the pain.

Those non-returning citizens should not speak for Deaf returning citizens.

HEARD [Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf], a hearing-owned organization run by Talila Lewis, decides to use non-returning citizens in a video discussing semantics related to quarantine is inappropriate. Those non-returning citizens should not speak for Deaf returning citizens.

It is the same way for other organizations that use privileged people to speak for unprivileged people. It is best to learn from Deaf returning citizens because they had gone through the system. They are the unprivileged people.

I wrote a column for DEAF LIFE in December 2017 Issue: “DEAF RETURNEES: WHAT DO THEY RETURN TO?” “They’re [Deaf returnees] kept invisible. The stigma they experience is deeply rooted in the sense of struggle, a fear of being silenced.”–Jason “JT” Tozier

For more reading on my piece: Check the link below.

THREE (3) REFERENCES:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2018/03/24/deaf-returnees-what-do-they-return-to/

https://www.deafcounseling.com/returning-citizen-on-asl-sign-for-quarantine/