Deaf Community: Re-examining Bullying

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           Why bullying needs to be stopped and put to an end to hatred by increasing awareness of all the forms of bullying in the Deaf communities. It takes some concerted effort to restore the humanity of Deaf people.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. By feeling disconnected from society, if the bullying dismantles the truth, what do we achieve if the bullying continues to attack the Deaf community rooted in colonized and human struggle remain true? We have a good reason to be aware of problematic gestures in bullying.

The thought of bullying can create PTSD anytime; anywhere is not something that crosses everyone’s mind daily. What the causes and effects of bullying mean and discussed and what kind of actions can we step up and talk about it? Unfortunately, bullying has been a part of the Deaf community;

Bullying often uses the power of being the way because the power cannot be overlooked, neglecting the problem, and refusing to acknowledge the community accountability. When bullying occurs by selecting a victim because of the Deaf status, sexual orientation, nationality, returning/returned/returnee citizens, and more to the list.

It is meant to push for public shaming that is caused by prejudice from behavior that is motivated by anger and hatred. The membership continues to direct bullying against groups of minorities that they choose to be ignorant.

Much like Deaf people would wound up on the wrong side of the bullying issue, and whatever the forces of bullying compel suicide, we must remain to understand that the witch hunts in all forms of bullying do not solve the problem, and where is the social justice of the Deaf who had been bullied? Labels and defining who they are hurts the most.

The root of respect defines in Latin, respectusmeaning “regard, a looking at,”–the social media who has a piece of large information about information how to challenge bullying should offer no excuse where Deaf community had been neglected. After all, where is the respect?

Check out Deaf Counseling Center (www.deafcounseling.com)

-JT

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A Place of Healing: Deaf Prison

Take No Deaf Prisoners (Unfairly)

Judge Orders Relief for Deaf California Prisoners

The Hidden Shadows of Stigma

What is stigma and why is it important to be educated about the term, ‘stigma’ that impacts the Deaf community today and tomorrow? Everybody is fighting his or her own personal battles that you know nothing about. Stigma is a huge part of mental health.

Video Proof: Deaf Counseling Center

It was published 12 years ago, as Deaf Counseling Center (DCC) had been true to their own heart that they were the first Deaf Women owned and Deaf-centered licensed counselors to offer videophone counseling along with other Internet-based (FaceTime, Skype, etc) since 2001. This video below was published in 2007, and the “photography” or “video” does not lie.

They were the very first long, long, long before National Deaf Therapy which was opened just last year (2018) “baby steps” where Communications Service for the Deaf (CSD) claims that National Deaf Therapy (NDT) was first to offer VP counseling services. The video says it all. The emergence of DCC is forever grateful for Deaf community that must not be forgotten.

 

Deaf Returnees: Helping Them Through PTSD

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The adage that there is no perfect machine holds true from a Jack-in-the-Box to the criminal justice system. What can Deaf inmates and returnees broken by this system hope to achieve during June, which is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month?

Especially when this awareness reach extends deeply into the Deaf community to places needing empowerment, healing, and positive steps? What resolution can empower Deaf returnees to build learning, healthy and safe spaces?

Imagine the stories of Deaf inmates and Deaf returnees, their hearts shattering under the fiber of social rejection. Even while they are making a positive change to share their experiences to overcome the depression, they experience bullying, humiliation, and surmounting hardships; the toughest thing.

I believe that there are high and unreported PTSD cases by Deaf inmates and Deaf returnees that the social media needs to acknowledge. The sweeping impact of ignoring Deaf simply for who they are, and the lack of awareness, is not felt enough in the criminal justice system. Just like the marginalization of Deaf returnees in Deaf community, why are they being singled out?

While the United States has put more people in prison than any other country, it does not have resources to help Deaf returnees rebuild their lives once they are released. While there is a growing need, there is also a forgotten movement to end mass incarceration to reduce recidivism. Deaf returnees need inspiration and guidance.

Deaf returnees who are in search of rebuilding lives are at once faced with overcoming steep economic hardship, systematic privileges, unemployment, and lastly, PTSD. Changing the pattern across the country would help Deaf returnees successfully transition from inmate to returnee life on the outside.

The Second Chance Act of 2007, which is having a difficult time getting funding, would most likely hurt Deaf returnees in the long run. Why? So, Deaf returnees would be able to get help and learn how to develop healthy thinking patterns.

One bit of critical information here. Not empowering Deaf returnees enough can become frightfully expensive and mentally taxing. Empowering Deaf returnees would require intimate examination of the territory of their lives and not just a perception of its surface, incorporating new knowledge into other knowledge;

Empowering is a good investment, and the supporters’ efforts pay off. Empowering would gain intellectual and emotional agility and strength so needed in society.

-JT

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The Power of CSD: Managing Information in Deaf Community

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The information must free itself from the old known. To the Deaf community and the media everywhere in the world through social media—the only freedom lies in the unknown because whatever is known cannot be ignored from the past. Whatever the media learns the facts from Communications Service for the Deaf (CSD) about whoever the Deaf-owned organization were bounded, as soon as it put words around Deaf people’s experiences, it might affect them as state of being Deaf getting lost.

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness is an important learning experience for adequate mental health services in Deaf community. Deaf Counseling Center (DCC)–the first-Deaf owned counseling by Deaf women since 2001 has been the pioneers of mental health services with web-based platforms through Videophone (VP), FaceTime, Zoom, all the available platforms as long as I can remember back to year 2010 when I first learned about DCC through my Deaf friends from several states in America whom themselves been helpful thanks to web-based platforms.

It is the strongest proof that DCC had been the first-ever counseling organization to stay ahead even in technological wonders. It is a marvel invention!

Mental health awareness, may be challenging to slip what little remains of the Deaf community that limits Deaf people seek for help, and DCC takes a bold step, justifies empowerment whatever it takes to help Deaf people since year 2001 in a growing movement in both human interaction and web-based platforms to address a variety of social and life skills.

Sure, there are many Deaf communities around the world, for so long Deaf people have defined themselves in opposition to how the general society has viewed Deaf people, and they have defined themselves, and been defined, by that which seemed to be in them as most different, but their struggles alone in Deaf community with lack of access to mental health, not its difference from the society defining who Deaf people are, and the access to mental health services makes them better.

CSD’s website: Challenging Misconceptions Since 1975.

“For over 40 years, Communications Service for the Deaf has been working hard to create opportunities that allows each Deaf person to discover their gift that they bring to the world.” 

For almost 20 years, Deaf Counseling Center has been working hard to create healthy mental health services that allow each Deaf people to empower their well being that they can make all the difference available in Deaf community. It is no easy feat, and they deserve all the hard work.

However, the pioneer by Deaf counseling through web-based platforms who been labeled on the wrong side had been approved by CSD not to recognize DCC as the first Deaf women owned counseling to offer web-based platforms is biggest mistake. DCC is the primary source for its first ideas in American Sign Language (ASL), and nowhere else are intense intellectual debates in ASL a common part of DCC’s mission values. When DCC is silenced, Deaf community is silenced.

It is not the first time CSD had neglected pioneers in Deaf community claiming that they have the right information because of the enumerated powers forging their homework done by CSD researchers or decision makers–yet, 18 years later, CSD said that DCC is not the first Deaf women owned counseling organization to offer web-based platforms is a flagrantly neglected, to CSD’s advantage and give National Deaf Therapy (NDT) the honours that they claim they were the first Deaf women owned therapy organization to offer web-based platforms whom just created baby steps just a year ago (2018)–It is something CSD needs to challenge its own misconceptions.

-JT

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Pioneers of Deaf Counseling: Web-Based Therapy

The pioneers of Deaf Counseling are the most prominent change makers and activists join together to create first idea for transformative change in offering web-based therapy, eTherapy, and technological ways to heal of human reform, making all the difference to give all opportunities available for Deaf community.