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The Reflection of a Giant Mirror at Gallaudet University

 

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Imagine the giant mirror at Gallaudet University

We all ask why there is no event celebrating 200 years of ASL and the birth of Deaf Education at Gallaudet University. The only thing coming out of Gallaudet is the video message by President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano.

Gallaudet University would not exist without Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet’s brilliant ideas. First and foremost, Deaf people must never be ignorant in any way whatsoever. The present administration at Gallaudet University is still spinning around.

Who is in the charge of money there? His name is Paul Kelly, vice president for administration and finance. A pure Audist at heart. He also is in charge of Bobbi’s money, too. He was very successful in dodging responsibilities in not only oppressing Deaf people, but also avoiding ASL in the accreditation question.

This is not the first time. We all need to be aware of Administration & Operations Manual what is called “4.41 Dispute Resolution Procedures”—where the students even faculty members could have make any difference to grieve the unreasonable action by Kelly in the spirit of academic and ASL freedom. Why are they afraid of what?

In few weeks, graduation is coming up—the school for 2017-2018 academic year will not start until last week of August. If there is no celebration before the end of this year including September, the month of Deaf awareness or in this matter, homecoming events then we all need to challenge Kelly’s ignorance of Deaf people and ASL and culture. Renewing and celebrating ASL at Gallaudet University even as the language of instruction in the Administration and Operations and why it is important for the world of the Deaf to have every constitutional rights to celebrate ASL and to break the domino effects of Audism.

Again, why is Paul Kelly in the charge of a “new order” and would dare to suspend anyone who participates in a rally that celebrates 200 years of ASL? Dirty politics at Gallaudet University will always present. Paul Kelly needs to go. We do not need a pure Audist in the administration. Too long. New blood is coming up soon.

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Can you believe Paul has been at Gallaudet University for more than 35 years? Amazing! Don’t forget what Paul did to Carl Schroeder, too. 🙂

-JT

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References: https://my.gallaudet.edu/intranet/photos-archive/paul-kelly-receives-his-35-year-service-award

 

 

 

 

 

The Long Silence of Forgotten Audism

Since Tom Humphries coined “Audism” in late ‘70s for his Ph.D., his vision of seeing a lot of Deaf people being oppressed so frightening that as Tom did not give any professional lectures about it. Almost four decades later, Humphries does not believe in it to pretend that Audism exist. Is Audism controversial? I remember reading a book, The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community that was published in 1992 while I was a sophomore in high school, I did not read the book until 1999.

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Harlan Lane, Carl Schroeder and I had a private meeting in 2010. He signed the very same book I read in 1999. 

There are millions of poor Deaf people, any kind of color in America that are suffering from pain and exploitation they all had in common, as a lover of freedom and liberty for all Deaf people to enjoy, I believe that efforts to build a law that recognizes Audism through stories, hard facts, and professional opinion, basic elements that are commonly missing when discussing “Audism” in the society.

If I coined a term whatever it is, I would make sure I educate the country, no matter what how long it is because it is my social responsibility and civil duty to continue educates Deaf people.

Let’s face up to it, Mr. Tom Humphries, there are millions of Deaf people who might look up on you, in a sphere of heavily steeped emotionalism, political struggle, power struggle, and human struggle that are completely ignored and continue to ignore Audism that exists today and tomorrow. I was one of them who look up to you. I own a painting of your face done by Nancy Rourke along with 12 faces in my personal space that was supposed to make all difference.

Is Tom Humphries still a scholar today? As in a book chapter called Audism: Exploring the Metaphysics of Oppression by hearing chair of ASL and Deaf Studies department at Gallaudet University, H-Dirksen L. Bauman writes:

However, it is was not until 1975 when a Deaf scholar, Tom Humphries, decided it was time to name the discrimination against Deaf persons and to coin a term that would be part of the currency of discussions on human rights, deaf education, and employment.”

Audism did not discuss until 1992. Why long silence? Funny thing that I was struggling in schools, home life, and personal life because of long-silenced treatment that Audism exists. Talking about Audism has often occurred in the context of angry words, hostility, accusations, and divisiveness.

This coming Friday and Saturday, April 14th and April 15th, there will be rally sponsored by Audism Free America (AFA) celebrating 200 years of American Sign Language (ASL), Deaf Education and their stories through the power, freedom, and justice to fight against Audism to let the society know that it is a permanent movement.

Where is your empowerment, Humphries? That was 42 years ago—and Deaf people would be empowered by now instead of being in silence about it. Since 1880 Milan Resolution, Deaf people have been survivors of the longest hate crime in American history. We refuse to live in hearing superiority. They need to respect Deaf people—the more respect, less Audism. In Humphries’s words:

The notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or behave in the manner of one who hears. It is the bias and prejudice of hearing people against deaf people, it is the bias and prejudice of some deaf people against other deaf people.”

Although, the society that I envision is one that maximizes freedom and liberties for ALL Deaf people coming from walk of life—the concept of ignorance is what completes the loop of full justice even at Gallaudet University.

Yet, Bauman writes, “The term now appears at all levels of the Deaf Studies curriculum at Gallaudet University, from Introduction to Deaf Studies to Deaf Cultural Studies.”

I was asked to give a lecture at Gallaudet University a month ago and found that Deaf students who comes from mainstreaming schools, some of them are juniors and sophomores at Gallaudet has no idea what Audism stands for or do not know who George Veditz is, or Alexander Graham Bell, even the story about Milan. It’s very serious problem. I call it “Social Problem 101”.

Gallaudet University needs to bring stronger ethics and require ALL Deaf students to take at least 12 credits in Deaf Studies and Deafhood courses even though if they are not ASL/Deaf Studies majors.

Perhaps we should re-frame the question: How can Audism protect Deaf people from future social problems? In this case, the answer probably lies in higher learning and lectures. How would you answer this, Tom Humphries? Deaf people who are survivors of Audism do not need to be forgotten even in long silence.

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-JT

Copyright @ 2017 Jason Tozier

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References:

Humphries, T. (1975). Audism: The Making of a Word. Unpublished essay. 

Lane, H. (1992). The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community.

Bauman, H-Dirksen L. (2004). Audism: Exploring the Metaphysics of Oppression.

Audism Free America: The March Against Fear

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There are millions of Deaf people have been traumatized through the society mechanics of fear. America as a nation has also built by Deaf people as well, too.

Every day, a single Deaf person will most likely experience Audism even though they may not know they experienced it. Imagine all those times what they have endured through difficult conditions in hopes of better lives in America.

Every day, they have been questioned for being state of Deaf. The cracks of freedom in the pursuit of happiness have been harshly questioned. As the word, “Deaf”—as in fricative sound like ‘death’—in the world of Audism, Deaf people escape from the brink of death.

Fear. As I looked up the definition of ‘fear’—be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening. We have all faced with primal fear. Fear is one of the most powerful emotions. The book I would highly recommend for any one who have the love for reading–the author, Barry Glassner makes a lot of good points about minorities.

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It is sad that hearing people would think fearful of Deaf people. They are the one who threatens Deaf people in the first place. Deaf people live in the face of fear—not hearing people. It is not fair for them to deal with this in the land of so-called freedom.

If hearing people are so fearful about Deaf people, they should ask sociological questions about American Sign Language (ASL), they have to realize that ASL is a human language.

In questioning Deaf people, do they have a reason shaped by their power, a cognitive unconscious to which they have direct access to patronize Deaf people? Who are Deaf people? What is their morality? How do hearing people understand Deaf people? And so on.

Let’s start with Milan Conference known as The Second International Congress on Education of the Deaf in 1880. The historical start of hate crimes is the dehumanization of Deaf people in order to use them as punching bags. Compound in Milano, Italy and headquartered and campground to train and build up a hate movement.

100 years later in 1980s, Alexander Graham Bell ideology where they became more powerful that time and created counter-movement and believe that there are needs to be funding for AGBell and dehumanize Deaf people’s righteous lives. They want to do:

Deaf people can be replaced. They are all just sub-humans. Minority crime. Collective ignorance. Illegal cover-up and regulation. Coded in one factor: Deaf people. Hate crimes are so invisible even in Deaf community.

It is important for Deaf people and hearing allies to attend ASL/Deaf Pride rally in the nation’s capital sponsored by Audism Free America (AFA). Celebrating 200 years of America’s first Deaf Education planted its seeds and we shall preserve the seeds to grow tomorrow.

I encourage people to attend the rally to be part of it. There is no need to be fearful of Deaf people that include Deaf returned citizens. There is no reason to be fearful of Deaf people. They also are the reason they make America beautiful.

Overcome fear.

-JT

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Will Media Listen to Deaf Community?

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Since inauguration day, there has been rallies and protests around the world against Trump. It has been crazy weekend in nation’s capital…but wait, it is not over. It’s only beginning. 100 days of resistance will continue to disagree with Trump’s agenda. In fact, the organizers said that they have planned a HUGE Anti-Trump protest again in nation’s capital. The date: April 15th. It was supposed to be really big.

Link:(http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/01/23/organizers-just-set-date-next-huge-anti-trump-protest/)

Although there will be a problem because it is the same day Audism Free America (AFA) is going to host ASL/Deaf Pride to celebrate 200th year in honour of America’s first Deaf education. The last two AFA parades in 2013 and 2015–there has been NONE of media supporting the parade. Not even ONE. The media does not understand the value of respect, especially respecting American Sign Language (ASL). Higher learning and teaching ASL has been always challenging.

Hence, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing coordinated everything into a blatant lies told to our general society and setting a bad example by creating enormous falsehoods. How can we describe one way which we feel punished and one way in which we feel we punish? The media in nation’s capital is big deal, they will focus a lot more on Anti-Trump protest that day instead of AFA. Why did media did not show any compassion in 2013 and 2015?

Even April 15th has played important history in Deaf community, American School for the Deaf (ASD) opened its doors in 1817, and it is also the day to celebrate National ASL Day. Again, the media thinks it is not important to learn from Deaf people and ASL should be oppressed was beyond my comprehension. We need to bring new light in the ways of thinking about media reprisals as a part of the language and cultural oppression. You know the saying: Once someone is oppressed, he or she learns to become an oppressor.

Even in 2017, Deaf people are still oppressed into nonexistence–the greatest punishment of all. How will we get respect from the media?

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Chuck Baird’s famous work. “Oppression. No More. Finish!”

-JT

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Observing Cochlear Implants: The Human Cost

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NBC’s TODAY’s Health News made a huge headline few days ago that says “Defective cochlear implants shocked kids—even though company had been warned” (please see link below) about Advanced Bionics, the second largest manufacturer of cochlear implants (CI) acknowledging that they implanted defective devices in children and adults for Y-E-A-R-S even though many devices had failed, that is rare to see like this! The media has been hiding the truth for years about marketing cochlear implants to parents of Deaf newborns that the lifestyle is wonderful. You see, our American society is far from shy when it comes to realizing that those who are cochlear implant survivors DO NOT hear the way hearing people normally do. They do it with an ugly reason “we must fight against their being Deaf” and that is very much clear message that it is an implicit act of discrimination against Deaf people everywhere. Being Deaf is incurable, irreparable and irreversible. Once you were tested Deaf, it is a permanent thing! By the way, it was never an amazing medical device at all. It was more like a punishment device for Deaf children.

People who work for Advanced Bionics are chosen for ignorance and feeble mindedness. For example, a dear friend told me a story few years ago when he met a guy who had a terrible story about CI that he had a serious illness that required a CAT scan on his brain but since he had a CI, they removed it with a promise of a new replacement. After his surgery recovery, he got new CI, he could not recognize his mother’s voice anymore and thought she was another person. What? Of course, sounds heard through CI are synthetical and they are not biological enough (hearing enough) They told him that his new CI was better than the other but his mother never got better. He and his mother became strangers to each other. He could hardly stand her mother speaking. He said she sounds horrible.

Stories like his must be told to every corner of the world. What we really need from CI folks are stories as sidewise arguments in literature that CI is a huge hoax. Since Gallaudet University has a CI service, we must protest and we must not silent about it.  Abraham Lincoln: It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.

Silence is likely to occur numerous times throughout the Advanced Bionics process; it will mean that a great deal of suffering is inevitable. We must not be silent, is it because we did not know which way to go. It is a kind of gamesmanship in which we spar silently to see who can hold out longest without making noises. I am safely assuming that Gallaudet University—an university of our own will silent about Advanced Bionics and that is a shame!

Such silence can be deafening roar unless a leader breaks in and provides us the relief we need. Alan Hurwitz cannot do this job and Gallaudet would not allow him. What a catch-22 situation! When Americans won the Revolutionary War, they became determined for learning. Ben Franklin founded Pennsylvania State University. Thomas Jefferson set up the University of Virginia. Abe Lincoln signed the charter that made Gallaudet University for Deaf people. Are we the Deaf set up for their medical arrogance that practices cochlear implant at the University?

The public needs to look for the truth in a very big way. It helps parents of Deaf babies draw the line between perception, which could involve gruesome struggles and reality. But what precisely are the realities of having a goal to have cochlear implanted babies? More to the point, what is life like for those cochlear implanted babies and what options exist for parents who want to give their babies a lot of work than they realize. It takes years and years to prep even for 20 second near native pronunciation scene; again, it is the share of the hoax.

There are stories about their struggles within our society that is generally hostile toward their practice. I firmly believe that we are open to hearing people but we were often meted out by something unknown and unfamiliar—the world of sounds. We are unable to produce these sounds spontaneously so we sound “funny” to them in the same manner that their skills in American Sign Language (ASL), for example, look “funny to us.” Until the day we practice the Martha’s Vineyard Island communication system in which signs and words were never merged into a single discourse, we will have healthy objectives and goals. Telling Deaf people to come to hearing people is like telling Native Americans to come to White people.

When the Deaf gather together, economics will be used to break them up. Language and the culture of the Deaf, for example, need to be violated by introducing cochlear implants. That is breach without question. We need to focus on literature that reflects the diverse ways in which our society currently defines and measures Audism. The extant literature generally treats the definition of Audism as problematic. That is widespread consensus that legalistic definitions of being Deaf and ASL are as unacceptable and inadequate as they appear so. Thus, the parents and guardians are advised if their babies should fail the federally mandatory hearing screening tests, and the Deaf babies should be transferred to some social services for counseling and cochlear implants, that is becoming the problem. The big pictures come in with this massive problem.

The administration at Gallaudet University allows so many flyers and images about encouraging cochlear implants on the “advertising” board. It is covered up and I had witnessed the “yes-man” atmosphere there. They accept information with questions that confirm the same information. Damn it. It is not about literacy. It is about liberty and democracy. It is “human-doing” to assert that CI is an option and to waste so much education for Deaf children whose mind is wired as Deaf mind from the very breath of life. CI is a permanent token of mourning that being Deaf is inevitable. Why are we the Deaf are different?

In 2010, there was a French study about cochlear implants that showed ten percent (10%) of complications and let me copy and paste from the link you can see below—“The study included 434 children in France who were followed for an average of 5.5 years after they underwent cochlear implantation. Complications were classified as early (within eight days after surgery) or delayed (more than eight days after surgery), and minor or major (requiring hospital re-admission and/or extended hospital stay) Forty-three patients (9.9 percent) experienced complications, including 28 with delayed complications, with an average delay of 2.2 years. Of those 43 patients, 13 (30.2 percent) required cochlear re-implantation.  

See that?! 30.2%! It was an EPIC FAILURE and that was in 2010. Now four years later, I bet you that the stats are higher than reported in the media world. The power of media without giving you all sides of an issue is dangerous and wrong and causes extreme harm. It can come from television that cochlear implants are amazing medical devices before parents of Deaf babies has time to learn a wide and have knowledge of life.

Have the Audists lost the ability to disagree that being Deaf is sinful? What about respecting Deaf culture with civility and respect? Of course, Audists finds a way to lose civility and show lack of respect to have only increase more threatening our Deaf nature of democracy.

If the society is so concerned about fixing Deaf children, then it is time to focus on the big criminals: Cochlear implant makers, cochlear implant companies, and investors who make a lot of money off cochlear implants, they are the liars of the society. Deaf people have every right to seek their quest for their freedom and safer society. Let’s repeal Advanced Bionics and its cousins and stand up to fight for our own freedom from the mad fraud companies across the country and international waters. Shut them down for good!

Make sure you sign the petition underwritten by Audism Free America (AFA) before you finish reading this.

http://www.petitiononline.com/petitions/AFA62509/signatures

-JT

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Link:

http://www.today.com/health/defective-cochlear-implants-shocked-kids-even-though-company-had-been-2D79371793

http://consumer.healthday.com/health-technology-information-18/hearing-aid-news-350/voice-control-needs-time-to-develop-after-cochlear-implant-635028.html