International Deaf Awareness Week 2018: Sandals

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The sandals are finally gone! New walking shoes are on the way! As International Deaf Awareness Week 2018 is being celebrated around the world, there are forgotten Deaf returnees’s stories that are very much part of Deaf awareness how to empower them instead of shun them out of the society, begins with us. The same sandals you see in the picture, I walked with those sandals for nine months through wet, hot, cold, and freezing conditions. Unemployment stats in Deaf returnee’s community are much higher more than we really understand. It is the toughest social struggle of all.

There was a great article written in 2016, about 63% of Americans Don’t Have Enough Savings to Cover $500 Emergency by Maggie McGrath, a Forbes writer. That’s alarming. The same sandals I walked for nine months had put me in emergency rooms few times this year. I am in joy of wearing new shoes very much. I had to scramble around trying to make some money by fixing around, helping out people, and the times had been a journey with the sandals. Helping out is a blessing. It was very good deal I could not ignore those shoes and they are in excellent condition! I thank people who are supportive of my journey. You know who you are. Love and peace are the most important elements in my life.

Should International Deaf Awareness Week shut Deaf returnees out of their stories? What is suffering? It is a noun: the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. I thought writing a story about suffering, the wisdom of words should be return and I thank the people who devotes their time to motivate me and saw the good in me. This story is not a family friendly gender-netural politically correct journey. It is about sharing raw perspective—a view from behind closed doors, from a cell in jail to the door in present time. It is about life surviving the suffering cycles.

Suffering is something Deaf returnees to understand the dangers of it. Educate them. Free them. If the society is not interested because they are taught that way, then that is the problem.

If I am pushed to suffer and suffered by, then how can I get better? If we let suffering form the frames that we make decisions with and do not take the time and energy to understand the issues then we will suffer fear and many innocent people will suffer the consequences of that fear while the wolves reap the profits from your fear. I take suffering seriously; my hope is not only to conduct a thorough, albeit expedient experience, suffering is something we need to know that it has been seen. The fish only knows that it lives in the water, after it is already on the riverbank. Without awareness about suffering, it would never occur for me to change this.

My life stories are flawed, with a life-time incarceration, lack of awareness, survival, and breath. When I was visiting Rochester, New York, and got a chance to visit Highland Park, the statue of Frederick Douglass, America’s first statue for people of color, had inspired me his stories as he was the master story teller.

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Frederick Douglass writes, “I know of no soil better adapted to the growth of reform than American soil. I know of no country where the conditions for effecting great changes in the settled order of things, for the development of right ideas of liberty and humanity are more favorable than here in these United States.” 

The sandals had been taking beating after beating, like a death sentence. Like a movie, where Like Skywalker Faces the Entire First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi where he took powerful missiles and yet, he pulled the greatest Jedi mind in all of movies. I understood the scene. I’ve been there.

There is no need to attack Deaf returnees stories where they had been working on every effort to correct misinformation, educate society, and encourage awareness that needs help. Changing my life around is not that easy. The experience of walking sandals for nine months is not a sign of weakness. It makes my life stronger. I am writing this instead of being hidden from view, the suffering is real. Look at other countries who had been treating Deaf returnees way different—more positive than in America.

Unknown.jpegSomeone once shared with me, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Not even as a teenager that time, I made mistake 32 years ago. Proving legal bias—especially when Deaf returnees do not appear in the language of law—is very difficult. How do you change your life around? Must I be shunned from public for life? 

-JT

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Hearing Therapists: Clinical Decision Making For Deaf People

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The mental health in Deaf community is always a struggle; it is always composted of denials and lack of information, ideas, and facts. It is never the struggle itself, which completely ignores the welfare of Deaf community. Rather, it is a violation of language deprivation, and a violation of well-being.

When Kaiser Permanente (KP) makes an authority to refer to hearing therapists who have no training to work with Deaf people. It is a good example of hearing privileges. It is seriously unethical.

In the world of hearing privileges, there is a power trip between humanely oppressive and the stories by Deaf people remains true to the sources of disrespecting them for their well-being. Deaf people who are living in hearing world, which is constantly stressful and experiencing neglect. This is, hard enough for them.

While social satire is certainly a valid way of language hegemony towards Deaf people, it became ignorance on their part. We all need to remind ourselves about the book, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, whom I read the book back in high school days.

Chicago Tribune writes, “Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order-all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls”

BINGO! Then where is Deaf people’s right to seek pursuit of happiness at the cost of their freedom, full humanity and their souls to seek for Deaf-centered therapists who have full knowledge and training to work with Deaf clients?

The hearing therapists who have no training with Deaf people have long practiced Audism. My heart goes out to Deaf people. The challenge of Audism with love and intelligence is tough more than we really think.

It is important to know that Deaf counselors had been available for service, but hearing-dominated therapists decided to take away Deaf people’s right for communication, knowledge and information and….. for direct access instead of changing to hearing counselors with interpreters. It is worse. It is what it is called “pulling the rug from under”—why should Deaf people suffer with this? Why?

The importance of Deaf counseling therapists cannot be overstated, but it seems unfortunate that KP have to overstep its own authority. Haven’t they got enough to do? Can this be done in a respectful, supportive, and professional manner? That denial or ignorance by KP does not show any heartfelt concern for Deaf people’s well-being, but KP kept being defensive. That is something that Deaf people are prone to deal with in our society and creates a lot of hurt in the long run.

Welcome to one nation under hearing privileges, by the hearing privileges, and for the hearing privileges.

Please visit Deaf counseling for well-being: www.deafcounseling.com

 

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-JT

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Train Our Minds to See Good in Deaf Returnees

When a Deaf returnee (returning citizen/returned citizen) denied, he/she are separated from Deaf community. First, Deaf returnees seek rehabilitation is not illegal and the law says they shall be treated respectfully. According to the United States Constitution, Eighth Amendment.

Second, as it is, Deaf returnees are guilty and incarcerated without due process. So much for compassion and following the rule of law. Most of Deaf returnees are receiving harsh treatment than they had their entire lives. Dealing through harassment is a depressing task. So much cruelty, so much lack of empathy or understanding or even basic human caring.

Those Deaf returnees are humans. Do any of you that support this know any Deaf returnees personally? This is not how Deaf community treats the awareness among us. Remember, humanity has been at this crossroads before.

Culture of fear is what will fail. Deaf community should be accurate and fair. On the other hand, rejecting Deaf returnees from Deaf community seek to minimize the profound damage that culture of fear is doing to us. This practice is a witch-hunt. It has to be critically examined and discussed.

If you want to go that route, then it is just what it is, but states, counties, cities needs rehabilitation, not retribution. Do we understand that oppression used to justify the ownership of Deaf community?

Deaf returnees are being taken away from Deaf community are traumatized enough and it does infect harm. It is a fact. The pain, anguish, fear, raging through rumor-mill who lives in culture of fear. It is shameful, and it has no place in the heart of Deaf community. Who in their right mind takes a Deaf returnee on a difficult journey while knowingly being punished daily? Why do Deaf community continue on this path of cruelty? What price will Deaf returnees pay its final reckoning due? One Deaf person sent me this quote few weeks ago to remember by:

“Train your mind to see the good in every situation”- Buddha

It would be nice to train our minds to see the good in every situation what Deaf returnees can contribute back to Deaf community.

For Deaf returnees who seeks Deaf-centered counselors, please visit

www.deafcounseling.com

-JT

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Why Mental Health Awareness Month is Important for Deaf Community

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This is the making of mental health awareness month. This is the Deaf community, which aims at presenting a view of awareness of how important Deaf-centered counseling in perspective.

The theme is the making of Deaf community. The discussion will be in two parts; for instance, the tension between hearing therapists and Deaf-centered therapists: continuity and change in mental health awareness community, the principles of social respect, the society, the differences between the hearing and Deaf people.

It is important that the mental health awareness month need to be understood. Deaf centered counselors makes all the difference: how it influenced, and been influenced by, the world of Deaf-centered thinking.

Today and tomorrow we need to push and recognize higher awareness about mental health on the edge of Atlantic and Pacific Ocean to empower Deaf community in America. We need to remember that mental health awareness is representative of Deaf community.

The mental health awareness symbolizes the individual journey we each must take to find our own path. Within the mental health awareness and Deaf-centered counseling, there are two directions. Circle of life, and center of the circle, is a symbol of strength, endurance, and vision.

Can we also understand that it is important to recognize that Deaf-centered counseling signifies the renewal of life and the compassion?

Please check out the only Deaf-centered counseling:

http://www.deafcounseling.com/

-JT

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World Mental Health Day: The Modern Struggle For Deaf Returning Citizens

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I would like to share my reflections about World Mental Health Day yesterday (October 10th). My apologies not for finishing up a post on time. It is very important to share more awareness about mental health that impacts Deaf community—especially Deaf returning citizens in Deaf community.

Depression is part of mental health; the stigma connected with Deaf returning citizens is unbearable. The public consciousness about Deaf returning citizens has been a failure of an evolving cultural understanding of mental health among them.

The phrases may haunt them each day. All these years later, they may be struck with shame. The state of being Deaf returning citizens was an “easy job” to ignore and not reported as violating their human dignity and thrown away on the side of the road where the cars would run over them. There was no raised questions from mental health professionals who are hearing who claimed that they are experts in understanding Deaf world. It makes things worse.

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Today, there is ONLY ONE Deaf-centered counseling center in America, Deaf Counseling Center. Without Deaf mental health experts (bless them!), Deaf returning citizens would feel paralyzed whether to share their struggles or not. There is a quote that should be seen:

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities. Remember this, things could be much worse. You could be one of them.”-Unknown.

Mental health awareness helps to distract all the negative labels in their lives by getting themselves involved with educational jaunts, and Deaf-centered licensed therapists. Is it fair to use a distasteful mental image to prove a point, even if that mental image relies on stereotyping of Deaf returning citizens?

Labeling hurts the most. Mental health awareness can make all the difference to understand the gravity of their experiences. In the Deaf community, there are plenty of hardships that Deaf returning citizens suffer and even think it is OK to bully other Deaf returning citizens who were going through what they had been through. Deaf community ranks one of the highest percentage—lack of mental health awareness and educate the most serious consequences they would face with.

-JT

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Terrylene Sacchetti’s Powerful Words

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This must be seen—I feel pain for Terrylene Sacchetti! I am with her all the way!

Be educated on Gallaudet University’s Clery Act report. Say No to Dr. Cordano’s selection of current Vice President of Student Affairs & Community Engagement! Dr. Cordano’s current selected leader allowed this clery act report to be this dangerous! Safety and well being of Gallaudet students comes first! Demand for a leader with integrity, compassion and sincere concern for all students! A truly caring leader approved by the community with formal interview process. Deaf stakeholders make a stand!  Gallaudet Board, make a stand!

Transcript close to interpretation: Please listen and share this post to raise awareness in our beloved community. I lost my lovely boy, Gio Manganelli, under the leadership of this individual whom Dr. Cordano GU president, has appointed as a Vice President of Student Affairs and Community Engagement without the support of the campus community. GU deserves a change of leadership NOW for the sake of student’s safety and well being. Please check out for yourself by googling “Gallaudet University + Clery Act”. Now, as you read this, think critically about this question: What is being terribly reported there every year in addition to many campus in incidents that went unreported under leadership of this selected individual?

To educate yourself further, compare GU’s Clery Act report with other similarly sized universities in our country. The Clery Act report tells you the truth about GU’s unstable program and its services. It also tells a true story of the current administration’s ineffective leadership. For example, read a copy of this selected individual’s perfunctory guideline/policy on staff procedures and training related to campus safety, and be afraid! BE SMART!! PROTECT YOUR CHILD, or change the leadership. Better yet, do both!!! If you want to do more, I earnestly ask you to kneel and take a picture with this hashtag #IkneelwithGioandGallyStudents or #Ikneelwithgallystudents

Today and on Tuesday October 3, 2017, from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m, community campus is in the house named after an African-American Deaf man, Andrew Foster Auditorium, please stand up and emphatically say, “No” to Dr. Cordano’s VP choice. Yesterday’s announcement of Vice President selection was exactly the day of my son’s passing three and half years ago. It is in this selected leadership that allowed the Clery act report to be in this dangerous condition for Gally students. Do not be bought by the administration’s “ice cream” racism and “power-boxed” lunch freebies!

Demand for a leader with integrity, compassion, and sincere concern for all students — a truly caring leader approved by the community with formal interview process! Your demand will  ensure equity, diversity and inclusion, enough with the “old boys club” leadership and privileges!! 

I am Gio’s mom. I kneel with Gio for the safety and well being of all Gallaudet students. In Gallaudet’s hands, I lost my son.  I pray with all my heart that you DON’T LOSE YOURS! I want to see this university become beautiful who truly care for students safety and well being. Do something.  Thank you for letting me part this with you. Please share and forward this post. I invite you to earnestly watchful on Gallaudet’s Clery Act report each year. I call onto Gallaudet Board to rise up and do something. Look and care for your program and its service. Watch for the quality services. 

For you who work at Gallaudet university, do you care?  You have an accountability to be excellent, be extraordinary, be amazing. Don’t let students be the position of having to fend for themselves.  Make a stand!  Until we stand together on this matter, we will finally change and flourish our Deaf community. This is what my son, Gio stood for.

 

Can Counseling Save Deaf Returned Citizens?

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Deaf butterflies are rooting for Deaf returned citizens FOR HOPE

From my experiences as Deaf returned citizen, having going through social rejection for more than 20+ years, I can point to three basic observations about Deaf returned citizens how they can learn that shape their lives into positive theme. I will explain in italic how my observations are translated into my experience. These observations have held true in my experiences not only as a returning Deaf citizen, but also in other environments.

OBSERVATION #1: Deaf returned citizens learn because they have questions about the subject matter. There are many different questions, practical, aesthetic, or curious–which render the subject worthy of life pursuit, but learning does not begin unless, and until, Deaf returned citizens form those questions.

How does that translate into positive learning? Before any new material is covered in your life, Deaf returned citizens first come to terms with the questions that make the material neccessary to learn. For example, how would they reintegrate back into the society, they must examine the pursuit of happiness first. Then they ask: How can they be prepared for life skills? As Deaf returned citizens try to answer this question with precision, the fact that the Deaf community must be a constant source of support that must be peripheral. 

OBSERVATION #2: Deaf returned citizens by defeating oppression into the society. Acquisition of oppression cannot take place by observation alone but by observation and engagement with people who understand struggles. There is true no less in oppression than it is in language bigotry or language hegemony where practice is essential for mastery.

How does this translate into positive learning? To master positive thinking, active learning is a core element of their learning. For example, Deaf returned citizens will benefit a lot from Deaf-centric counselors to identify their freedom, bound, and infectional, derivative or obsolete environment. Counseling will make a difference and learn from each other, using ASL for communication. 

OBSERVATION #3: Deaf returned citizens becomes best when they are challenged. They always work to the level of expectation that is set for them. High expectation and quality work will yield vivacious and inspired work, even among “vulunerable” Deaf returned citizens.

How does that translate into positive learning? In Deaf returned citizens “learning” courses, they shall design the goal and assessment for the “vulnerable” Deaf returned citizens just as much as the “more skilled ones” with a high view of confidence. Assessed work pushes Deaf returned citizens not only to master the basic content but also to express in creative and challenging ways. For example, a good exercise of counseling asks Deaf returned citizens to feel the true growing of pain. Deaf returned citizens are taught not only content but process, the methodology by which Deaf-centric counseling is generated. 

Deaf returned citizens interpretation is not only a tough challenge head-on, but also an exacting responsibility, too.  They deserve a better life in all shapes. For example, Deaf-centric counselors are trained to ensure that they receive a full support. Without Deaf-centric counselors, Deaf returned citizens would have much harder time to change their lives, that hearing counselors who proclaimed to be an expert in Deaf culture, set a good example of their own rule-governed communication system. Deaf-centric counselors have a lot to offer for Deaf returned citizens to the field of positivism.

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When Deaf-centric counselers can sense it in a Deaf returned citizen’s visible delight in receiving counseling using ASL, when counselors can read the excitement in Deaf returned citizen’s process about ASL. I cannot say anything better than Albert Camus, about rebellion when he wrote: The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”  I would like now to summarize my personal experience as a returning Deaf citizen in one word: passion.

Deaf returned citizens must teach themselves to enjoy learning if and only if they have passion to restore their lives, the molding of wits. The fact that only limited counseling resources and information are available indicates a lack of awareness. The importance of discussion forwards into modern circumstances continue.

-JT

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References:

http://www.whitecandles.com.au/cancer-search-hope/

https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/how-to-restore-balance-in-your-life-1/