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What Was Laurent Clerc Thinking That Night?

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Do you Support Transformative Healing?

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It takes the greatest amount of strength to overcome the world’s evil motto: Stigma.

Every day in the life of an American, while the life expectancy of the average American is almost 79 years, those who lack awareness to understand hate. Deaf returned citizens, in body, mind, and spirit would most likely have difficult life and expect shorter lives. Should we believe in necessity of the healing will allow them to live longer life—how does the transformative healing happen with Deaf returned citizens? They can become better people. Better wisdom. Better mentors. Better teachers.

We can make all the difference today in Deaf community by becoming part of collective family. Can we make their lives to change every day because of Deafhood networking like you? A good change is good! Reminding them to live in the past does not solve anything. Stigma is not the answer.

Bodies do heal, emotions are expected to lift, courage returns are best thing, and those Deaf returned citizens were once broken in body and spirit because whole, strong people. Trees are part of our soul-searching. They are the powerful tool to heal us! Appreciate the eyes of trees every day. Your contributions or support would be appreciated and make this possible.

 

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Forgotten Survivors: Deaf Children Who Experienced Sexual Abuse

Can We Stand Together Against Hate?

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Alexander Graham Bell (AGBell) wants to normalize hate ideology. Many parents of Deaf children fell prey to his tactics. AGBell is a hate group in many eyes. American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture has been threatened through horrifying words invoking the truth.

We need to send a strong message to AGBell loyalists who encourage hate/violence and stop them by using Internet platforms as weapons of intimidation. We also need to help ASL community who will be targeted by hate and discrimination in AGBell’s Regime. Do you agree that AGBell, the number one in leading hate against Deaf people?

Enough of AGBell followers to intimidate ASL/Deaf culture. How many AGBell chapters in America today? AGBell is a dangerous breed and a huge reactionary agenda. Remember the justice that we have human rights to use ASL anytime.

-JT

Copyright © 2017 Jason Tozier

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References:

http://wjla.com/news/local/gallery/jewish-muslim-and-indian-american-communities-stand-in-solidarity-against-hate

No Human Rights Law Shall Expel ASL Ever

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When I read all the letters Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (IRID) sent to the Honorable Julie A. Morrison, a senator for Illinois about SB0752 and HB1811.

IRID president, William Lee’s words: Requiring fluency in ASL does not need to be explicitly stated in the law in our opinion. It was a huge insult to ASL community that the power dynamics of Audism was allowed to oppress Deaf people. It is also a language hegemony. We do not need to deal with educational bankruptcy and struggle with human rights.

Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) followed up with Senator Morrison. I am deeply concerned about the ability of IRID to allow Audism against ASL. My concern has been compounded by the failure exhibited by the professionalism of interpreters to understand the nature of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural inquiry and the integrity of critical thinking in ASL.

President William Lee of IRID needs to look at these dismal facts portend a clear and present danger to the role of Deaf Education in the United States including Illinois that ASL is very important. Lee may filter this post out because it is about insulting Deaf people and witty put-downs of their language and culture. ASL that William Lee and the board of IRID should not continue to oppress.

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I am sure just like Deaf students struggling to learn but getting nowhere without ASL, Lee has no business to fulfill his own desires and the best interests of Deaf community, never realizing that his effort is the problem, not the solution. His own insecurity is the motive to attack ASL and the best interests of Deaf community in Illinois for their language and culture.

Imagine this—can you imagine that for centuries Deaf people have suffered appalling language and culture abuses and the devastating consequences of educational and economic sanctions? Can you imagine that in a climate of language oppression, many Deaf students in Illinois would be neglected without ASL over the years in Lee’s words?

-JT

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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/

We All Have Struggles

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Cherokee Story of Two Wolves:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Good day, folks!

There is a new norm that there is a Deaf returned citizen is attacking a Deaf returned citizen. Since I will use the middle name to justify who the Deaf returned citizen is, the name is Nicole. I can understand Nicole’s anger. I am reading a book at this hour called Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames by Thich Nhat Nahh really made me think for days and days. I really regret that I did not read that book earlier in my life. It is better to read that book than waiting too late. Nahh writes:

“A good teaching is the kind of teaching that you can apply directly to your life, so that you can transform your suffering. When you are angry, you suffer as though you are being burned by the fires of hell. When you feel great despair or jealousy, you are in hell.”

Nicole’s anger who is full of anger makes sure I LIVE IN THE PAST and the false statements made against me was reckless and tried to make sure I taste harm or emotional suffering and harm my reputation what would be called character assassination. I do not need ANGER. Since I am part of Deaf community, I need to remind Nicole—“Community” means—it is a NOUN, as in dictionary: A feeling or fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes; interests, and goals.

My goals in Deaf community is to bring positive attitudes and empower Deaf returned citizens is my biggest interest right now. Nicole is a returned citizen, too. Do not preach DOUBLE OPPRESSION. Am I part of Deaf community? Nicole has had no authority to think that my figure should not belong in Deaf community. Attacking me is not going to work at all. Let it go. Another quote from the same book I am reading above:

“When a person’s speech is full of anger, it is because he or she suffers deeply. Because he has so much suffering, he becomes full of bitterness.”

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As a Deaf returned citizen working hard to change my life around, the damage is even more hurtful. I believe in hope. I have a story to tell, since activism has long been one of my passion and since I knew that to make inroads into the circles of empowering Deaf returned citizens as much as I can. Again, I do not need to live in the past. For the last time before I go, again, the wonder of the same book above shares the most important thought of the day:

“To be happy, to me, is to suffer less. If we were not capable of transforming the pain with ourselves, happiness would not be possible.”

Anger is not the answer. I became better person to deal with the growing pains first and learn how to change my life around for the betterment. It is the only way to go. I do not need to live in Nicole’s shadows.

-JT

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References:

http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2010/11/two-wolves-native-american-legends.html

http://www.virtuesforlife.com/two-wolves/

 

My Letter for Graduate School

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My mother and my father were proud of me graduating that day! June 2011. 

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[It was written in 2011]

Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

ATTENTION: Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

To Whom It May Concern:

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and to express my interest in attending your graduate program in Deaf Studies.

It has been my experience in life that the process of development requires baby-steps and growth from a place that is firmly grounded. For example, before I became a student at an university, I had no intention to attend college. It was not because I was incapable of achieving success at the university, but my immediate environment did not expect it of me. I was told then that I was incapable of succeeding at a university. Over time, my resilient nature, positive attitude and motivation helped me to rise above that expectation.

I am both a first-generation college student. My long path to intellectual freedom and academic achievement has not easy, yet it has been worthwhile I have found it to be immeasurable in the personal and academic growth that I have experienced on that path. I gave up a debt-free life for a college degree. I have balanced my job and schoolwork while subsisting on Mac and Cheese because I believe my education and personal development are worth the liberating value that comes from academia.

To me, achieving this degree is not about getting a piece of paper, rather, it is about fully absorbing what the entire Deaf world has to offer the people who compose it. It is also about informing the hearing world about its continual struggles and the diversity of Deaf culture. It is about change.

The most meaningful change in my life has been that transition from the boy I was 15 years ago to the man that I am today. My perception of myself has altered radically from a quiet, isolated adolescent to an extroverted, involved, and socially active person. I attribute this transformation of my academic skills, personal relationships and intellectual insights to provide to an university experience.

Currently, I do not have a simple answer for my purpose and long-term goals within your program, but I do know that I have a longing to express my experience as a Deaf person. I also have a conviction that at the heart with in addition to the foundation of belief, I am aware of my ability to offer my unique perspective on life. I am a human, with Deaf desires.

The Deaf are an underrepresented group in society that requires appropriate representation at the university level. Historically, Deaf persons could not attend university because of the lack of infrastructure that impeded their mere existence on a campus.

However, there are only few numbers of Deaf professors teaching at the university level, which significantly impairs the diversity and representatives that universities, in general, strive to attain. More credentialed Deaf people are needed at this level to facilitate an understanding and acceptance of Deaf people and our culture.

As an undergraduate Sociology major, my sociological perspective will help bridge the gap between Deaf and Hearing communities in order to broaden cultural acceptance. My study of Sociology has provided me within the opportunity to explore my intellectual curiosity of how people create, maintain, and am by social influences.

I have found that the study of sociology requires critical thinking, problem solving, written and signed communication and interpersonal skills. I can also say that the program at an university has cultivated my skills in these areas. I am very excited about the opportunities that sociology offers me to explore the world through a sociological perspective and look forward to expanding my knowledge with the discipline.

A Master of Deaf Studies degree with a concentration in Cultural Studies will allow me to continue my path to achieving my career goal of being a university professor teaching Deaf Studies. With this degree, I strive the reduce the stigma and discrimination that Deaf people and other individuals with disabilities encounter, which I believe is masked by “political correctness,” lack of information, and a perceived insensitivity from the non-Deaf, non-disabled community. I want to help both Deaf individuals understand their unique place in the world while also broadening the experience and understanding of those who are non-Deaf.

I believe that your program would not only help me to build a stronger foundation of knowledge and skills applicable to Deaf Studies, it will also to continue to build towards my personal and professional goals. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Cordially,

Jason Tozier

-JT

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My Life as a Returned Citizen

Do Not Give Up, Stand Up, and Read Up!