How Do You Define Deaf as Human Rights?

Deaf people around the world has been seen as easy target to take their human rights away. How do you define Deaf as Human Rights?

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Chicago MED: Profiting Off Deaf People in Hollywood Industry?

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Dear readers,

I had technical problem with iMovie and tried to upload YouTube video via ASL, but it is not working for some reason. My apologies. “IMovie quit unexpectedly” twice—argh!

Few hours ago (Wednesday, September 26 evening), I was watching NBC show, “Chicago Med”—and there were plenty of red flags. And, that is not cool how to politicize Deaf people out of their journey to make NBC earn huge profiting.

The show was showing about the marvel of cochlear implants, and a nurse who was using very poorly ASL to a patient who is Deaf—forced to use cochlear implant, and inspire viewers that cochlear implant is a marvel invention. Not only that, but the show with millions of viewers, like nurses, doctors, hospital administers, board of trustees, and all that, thinks it is OK to allow a nurse who barely knows ASL and rejects ASL interpreter for communication, information, and knowledge is being denied for policing. It put Deaf patient in greater danger.

Enough of criminalizing of the Deaf community—NBC is number one network. Really, it is. I grew up admiring NBC, like funny shows, “Frasier”, “Marlon”, “Friends”, “Cheers”, “Last Comic Standing”, “Alf”, “Diff’rent Strokes”, “Sanford and Son”

Come on, NBC! It is not funny about exploiting Deaf people at all. No, it is not. Deaf people matter. And there is no doubt that Deaf people are the forgotten course of our democracy for generations to come. Come on, it is not cool! Hollywood industry, can they listen to us, Deaf signing people?

The truth is that the Deaf community is vulnerable because there is no mobilization of Deaf database to explain our lawmakers or sign a petition is not a project, and should not be seen as an organizing tactic and recruitment tactic–for example, when it increases Deaf people’s mental health to be process within moving forward in media.

Showing cochlear implant in “Chicago Med” is showing an inspiration that makes all financial services are created equal—and equal access to them through oppression layers. It is important to present a unique Deaf community—signing community, showing how to have or have not, access to higher education journey. As the media giants like NBC, becomes increasingly connected to viewers, cochlear implants grows, that becomes demand and supply, is a dangerous democracy grows out with it.

“Chicago Med” show like tonight, 2018, is continuing to explore how cochlear implant are changing the future about image of Deaf people.

Inspiration porn about cochlear implants in Hollywood showing in hospital shows is hurting many of us in Deaf community, no matter what. No one deserves to be asked whether to get cochlear implant surgery while living in health crisis, for example, heart attack survivors.

Millions of viewers are fan of this show, “Chicago Med”—missing out what it is important that Deaf patients have the right to have access to ASL interpreters right away. It is their human right.

-JT

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Can We Stop VRI Exploitation? Yes, We Can!

Deaf patients who are in high risk situations should not face with the force of stress dealing with Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) when it becomes more problem in the long term that can severely impact Deaf patient’s health welfare.  Recent of this morning BLOG:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2018/01/25/vri-stop-the-exploitation-of-deaf-patients/

VRI: Stop the Exploitation of Deaf Patients

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Last Sunday, January 21, 2018: I experienced heart problems in the wee early morning. When I was brought into the emergency room, the VRI screen had brought before my face where I politely refused a service of my own decision, I asked for ASL interpreters immediately, the VRI was not even working and been delaying for 10 minutes and it has continued by the time ASL interpreter arrived on the premise from upstairs, VRI was still in struck mode when there is NO Wi-Fi in the ER.

I was actually gasping for some damn air! My mouth became dehydrated. Literally, I was! I want to thank that ASL interpreter for quick response! Bless the interpreters from Access Interpreting Inc. It was surreal and intense experience. I was in high risk situation as a heart attack survivor, the nurses then realizes that the VRI machine was still in trouble with no Wi-Fi, I signed to them through ASL interpreter, “That is exactly the problem right there that has been causing a great deal of stress for Deaf patients” and the nurses then said to me that they agreed with me. That is the message that we all need to see.

I thought it is extremely important that it is time for VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) companies to read this post:

Your Excellency,

Deaf patients who are in high risk situations do not need to face a life sentence and not be threatened a human security for expressing their rights to refuse VRI. I urge VRI companies to ensure the harassment of Deaf patients ends.

Deaf patients has braved years of VRI oppression in their own faces when they are standing up for their rights to refuse VRI. No Deaf patients should be evicted of their human rights.

Deaf patients continues their human activism, and it is time for VRI companies to overturn Deaf people’s life sentences so Deaf patients can continue to earn their pursuit of happiness and end all charges of being oppressed and release them immediately. Deaf patients have been intimidated by VRI companies for refusing their services. They have rights to ask for live interpreters on the site immediately.

The discussion of how oppression becomes invisible in Deaf community, then it requires a formal distinction between respect and disrespect as the two components of compassion. By compassion I mean any movement of people from that place to another place when Deaf patients are considered as outsiders.

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By the ways of movement that put human understanding often to see and discuss about it, and when I look up a word in dictionary, it takes me a minute. When Deaf patients who are in high risk situations, for example, heart attack survivors, they do not need to deal with more stress, fueling their traumatic experiences, to share their stories.

Deaf patients in high-risk situations need to stand up and speak out more about their experiences dealing with VRI companies in hospitals, to reduce stress, the labor of VRI need to question themselves for their lack of compassion. By definition, getting rid of VRI companies and gives Deaf patients more power to seek for live interpreters is a human right.

Deaf patients have a moral duty to continue their rights of seeking live interpreters. As good example of this quote we all should follow: “Each has a right to the other’s attention and correction action.” Our duty is to stand up to stop VRI oppression for high risk Deaf patients in emergency rooms and the human right to rebuke VRI companies who do not have any compassion and undermine the ground rules of Deaf patients who experience language hegemony in the hospital settings.

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We demand the changes that VRI companies be stopped for exploiting Deaf patients. We demand the changes that ASL interpreters be on hospital sites 24/7 with their own office.

Even with live interpreters became necessary to make a measurable effect, the less harm on Deaf patients. VRI companies and hospital administration are passed by politics primarily for reasons that are best understood in the context of disrespect and the appearance of Deaf patients is being exploited in hospitals and the crucible for the lack of discourses about compassion. The exploitation of Deaf patients is all about money and politics. This has to be stopped.

Finally, we need to stop allowing VRI companies to exploit Deaf patients and demand changes to have interpreters on site 24/7 and the studies of language hegemony for political pleasure and that shall lead Deaf patients to stand up and speak out more.

-JT

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The Shadow of Cochlear Implants in Cuba

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Remember a post I wrote in September 2015, “My Reflections: Deaf People in Havana” with the link below:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2015/09/04/my-reflection-deaf-people-in-havana/

As June 15, 2016, Havana hosted a cochlear symposium as part of the 35th Pan American Congress of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery–please read the links below when you are done reading this post. As 2016, Havana has performed 360 cochlear implant surgeries. The biggest concern is that now America has restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015–meaning there will be thousands of cochlear implant surgeries happening in Havana sooner than people really think.

I am concerned, folks.

Link: http://www.radioangulo.cu/en/health/11060-cochlear-symposium-at-otolaryngology-event-in-havana-cuba

-JT

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Racism is Ancient! Columbus Began it All!

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Good morning, folks!

Since today is Columbus Day and we both know that it is a central holiday in the American folklore celebrating the conquest and plunder of the Native American people. Christopher Columbus is America’s first RACIST.

Genocide. Colonialism. Exploitation. I would rather celebrate indigenous resistance. I would rather to shed a different light to honor the Native people that have been survivors of colonialism and genocide. It was founded with the institution of slavery as part of the governmental apparatus along with the provision made for it in the U.S. Constitution.

Also, I must honor those people who fought bravely against the theft of their lands and displacement from their homes by the United States government. Today’s struggle for justice cannot be waged without remembering the true history of our nations conquest over the Native American people.

Their lives has been become part of contemporary indictment of the social condition of poverty faced by these Native American men, women, and children, and the repercussions that affect and break down the social roles of the family. We see disaffected youth, drinking, hunger, alcoholism, poverty, and children left to fend for themselves.

I was thrilled to read an article last week that in state of Washington, the council in Seattle has decided to remove Columbus Day and celebrate Indigenous People’s Day. That was a huge deal! Thank you! I was very happy to see that happening! In fact, I support Indigenous People’ Day very much for few reasons.

For a good reason, Columbus Day is a racist because it presumes that the color of Native American or the surname of Native American defines their thinking, that somehow they will bring something different to the intellectual table just because they look Native American or their last name sounds Native American.

wounded_kneeAlso, there was a recent article written by David M. Perry called What to tell your kid about Christopher Columbus with the link below for the readers to click and read. I remember reading about Columbus way back in grade school and I never felt right about this guy and I followed my guts all the way today. My teachers were the assholes that taught me bullshit history when I was in classrooms that were supposed to be safe haven. White people are always good…. yeah, right!

Christopher Columbus was the one who infected America to be the king of Racism in the world. Why not National Association of the Deaf (NAD) celebrates Indigenous People’s Day today? Since NAD is the “nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America” quoted on the website.

-JT

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References:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/10/opinion/perry-columbus-day-what-to-tell-your-kid/index.html

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/seattle-city-council-vote-columbus-day-name-change/nhckd/