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.
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.
Copyright © 2017 Jason Tozier
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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.
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.
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.
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