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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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The Stigma of a Deaf Returned Citizen

 

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12 years old kid. I do not even know what happiness meant after that.

I was just a stupid 12 years old kid. I made very poor choices. I came from a broken home. I did not have many friends. Yes, I am a returned citizen for 21 years and counting. When I was 28 years old, I decided to make major changes by enrolling at a local community college. So, I would change my life around and refused to be a career criminal.

I asked myself one night, if I did not change my life around, I would be a loser. My life is not over; Yet, I survived on $20-$40 a month for years and years. The stigma branded on my forehead where I had to walk through hatred and bullying in Deaf community. I wanted to prove myself and found higher learning/education that had saved me and gave me self-worth that makes me feel like a valuable person at least. I graduated with three university degrees with honors at the same time.

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I was 21 years old. That was when I began my Deaf returned citizen journey through painful times. 

I try to keep my life fiercely private, decides to break my silence and tell the bizarre background to the case. Fighting back tears, I write to give my statement over rumormongers of my life—and I am not doing this just because I wanted to be superhero. I want to stop the pain cycle repeated—in this society, it is senseless “destroying” of my soul for 30+ years.

I lock with my thoughts at this moment, should I say—the pathetic excuse for somebody to send me death threats and harassing who had been attempting to destroy my life from everything. I refuse to let someone limit my life struggles. I have been forced to live in their shadows, radicalizing in my own thinking is a lifetime struggle. The picture below was when I finally graduated from community college.

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I spent years and years pained in cave, if I say anything to friends I thought to be trusted, I assume would make its way concerning among them would only fault was not to resist truth, submitting to the sufferance of the cyber-bullying from Deaf people. I, Jason “JT” Tozier, with the power of truth conferred in me that I shall command my freedom to be seen.

My faults will be always judged by the failure of people with higher authority I was chosen by choice to trust with my life, I wish to present to you my defense in writing. The number of defamation has been recorded which has been made against me in the past and present, there shall be a cave of light that I choose to say that I refute the accusations through the words that reflect my conscience, in front of rightful justice. In the end, I had been left seriously wounded to prevent me from flung open the doors of truth.

From that day on, I have lived solely to exalt my mistakes and deserve a better life. We are all guilty, no matter what. Hiding the facts is often nothing more than the other face of madness. There is no justice without facts and with a role that has played without forgiveness in the criminal justice system.

Yet, today I still get stigmatized, no matter what how much hatred I get today and tomorrow. I am a returned citizen, so I do not need somebody to tell me to live by the labels. Please do not judge me on my past. Do not judge me on what you think I am. Please judge me on my achievements. I believe in second chances by rebuilding my life around and overcoming major stereotypes.

I am blessed to be an advocate, lecturer, and liaison that I will be always grateful for.

-JT

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The Labeling and The Unintended Consequences

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Who cares if I have ADHD? Who cares if I have Asperger’s? Who cares if I have ADD? Who cares if I am a returned citizen? I deal with harshest labels you can imagine. Try to label with care. The main theme of the blog I will be presenting are hate speech, character assassination, and stigma. The consequences of those words will be discussed as well as possible strategies and solutions. Lastly, we all call for a change and make a difference.

I experienced hate speech recently.”Should someone with Asperger’s Syndrome should be allowed to make a representation in the society?” “Wait, he is a returned citizen. He should not be alive. He should be dead by now!” Labeling is dangerous and it can be deadly, too.

In Psychology, certain new diagnoses seem to become the label “Asperger’s” trendier. In the 1980s, suddenly a huge percentage of people labeled ADHD. In the 1990s, a huge group suddenly fit the expanded definition for bipolar. Now I am notching that people are stretching the definitions for Asperger’s in such a way that it could apply to almost anyone.

Who cares if I have Asperger’s? So what! Quite frankly, it is not their business anyway. It does not matter. I do not live by labels. The main symptom with Asperger’s is that people has trouble relating to other people and interacting socially. They also need a more rigid structure in their lives to feel comfortable. What if I have ADHD? So what!

I can interact successfully with almost anyone. I am confident and I can express myself clearly to my peers. As for structure, I find myself to be flexible. I do not seem dependent on a rigid routine. I “roll with the punches” as they say, and are confident in facing new challenges. I can be insensitive to other occasionally, but I am also passionate about my opinions and have trouble seeing other people’s perspectives BECAUSE I am so passionate.

Granted, there are plenty of days of bombastic and harsh attacks in the airwaves and throw hate speech to label my soul is not cool. Sure, every day I face adversity, stigma and harsh labels, stigma is not adversity-free. So, there has been a time in my life that I try to remember having a day that is actually a label-free.

Although, in SPITE of adversity, there will always be things to be thankful for, and to feel positive about. I mean, how much better is your life with people you are thankful for? My love of reading and absorption of knowledge and the knowledge that there are people who feel their lives are better for having met me. I battle with hate speech and hateful labels all the time.

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One of my favourite busts.

It does take time to forgive, but I do not forget what happened. They might not realize that they spew hate speech. To be sure, we all could be escaped from our collective journey without being bashed, and no one of us gets to be labeled. That’s less or more character assassination.

I am getting sick of being labeled and bullied by some Deaf leaders, too. I’ve been TRYING to change for better everyday! Yet, people repeat my old past, repeat, repeat, repeat. People could not even look into my eyes and understand that my soul has been stained by the blood of harshest oppressors and haters. Feel my pain. Can you?

I read a quote today from a book, Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” it was said by Benjamin Franklin who founded America’s first library. 

I grow tired of closed-minded people like those people. I grow tired of labels that use to marginalize and stigmatize who I am. Are we getting tired of stigmatization? Sure, I struggle for increased connection to defeat the oppression through labels. There are stages of traumatization that exists in the society.

Hate speech socially. Harm to someone’s group acceptance through labels, excluding someone from the event, ostracizing notes, and the list goes on. I’ve been excluded from higher learning and social networking. A friend of mine said to me the other day, “You know, you’re a good person. What they did to you is injustice. You are my friend.”

The hardest part was from my father whom we had a conversation through video relay service couple of days ago, he said to me, “Son, I am amazed how much strength you possess. You’re the strongest person I ever know. It’s you, my son.”

Anger is not the answer.

Additional link:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2016/08/29/people-of-the-eye-second-chance/

-JT

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“Retarded” Stigma in American Culture

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Donald Trump called Marlee Matlin “retarded”—a derogatory term in broadest human mind. That makes Trump a deficit thinker and a bully, too. The proof of torture and cruelty on Deaf people is overwhelming and incontrovertible. detailing an unlawful practice that was far more brutal and unnecessary than previously known.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/13/donald-trump-called-deaf-apprentice-marlee-matlin-retarded.html

Among the abusive tactics by Trump on many people has forced stressed positions, torturing and depriving Deaf people’s civil rights which has resulted in long-last psychological pain and suffering—in addition to deal with emotional trauma is the most dangerous thing when they were growing up and deal with bullying in schools. The link would be helpful to read:

http://www.deafcounseling.com/sticks-and-stones-bullying-and-deaf-people/

Mr. Donald Trump is entitled to a full, public accounting of the torture and cruelty done in his name and the consequences of his actions. I write upon to write this and stop hate-motivated attitude toward Deaf people who work hard to change their lives around to destigmatize them as Deaf people. No more “retarded”—Deaf people are still the most marginalized group practiced by torture and abuse and should not be subjected to harsh conditions.

“Retarded”—is also a hate speech then his behavior becomes weak. In our human minds, we see a bully walking past the street, and the bully sneer at us, then will become invariably disappear. To our human mind, the awareness works. The goal is to teach people awareness who calls Deaf people “retarded” like Mr. Trump did, and it is vital that we need to manage the toxic environment to prevent this from happening.

Hate is about conflict. Conflict with themselves. It shows hate embodied with all of these other personalities; they are faces that seem to struggle with themselves despite being callous to their own experiences. It is a strange paradox that screams out of depth and power in pure, unadulterated self-reflection.

Deaf people who taught how to self-hate for being Deaf even calling other Deaf people “retarded”, it is the most focal key of the invisible hate like a core. Self-hate has scratches all over Deaf people that force the viewers to do two things: recognize the depths in the face and examine the sociological problem. Each scratch has a layer of contrasting pain underneath the first skin layer.

Marlee Matlin do not deserve something like this at all. Shame on Donald Trump!

-JT

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Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/13/donald-trump-called-deaf-apprentice-marlee-matlin-retarded.html

http://www.deafcounseling.com/sticks-and-stones-bullying-and-deaf-people/

Gallaudet ASL/Deaf Studies: Deaf Returning Citizen is a Human Right!

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When I flew with Carl Schroeder and visited Washington, D.C, the home of Gallaudet University for the first time in June 2010—changed my life FOREVER!!! Toward the end of my first meeting with some of ASL/Deaf Studies professors, I was trying to figure out how to overcome my fears and should I join the graduate program. The first person that came out of the room and meet Carl right away was the chair of the ASL/Deaf Studies also one of three founders for graduate program, and Carl introduced me.

The word was that ASL/Deaf Studies department wanted to make bold reforms and Carl sent a text message for the Chair through Blackberry (both had Blackberry) to meet up for a beer along with me that night but the Chair did not respond two days later. He claimed that he was “busy”. His presence was a total snoozer. The usual suspects said the usual things. Nothing new or innovative emerged. Before I walked out of Sorenson Language Communication Center (SLCC), I asked Carl to take a picture of me and knew that it was my calling—Gallaudet is my home!

Then we walked into bookstore to look around for books or stuff whatever we like and see to buy and saw many Deaf people signing and I felt empowered by that moment! That was my adventure and then stayed in the DC greater area for couple of days before returning home in Portland, Oregon. Then I applied for graduate program in 2011 then quickly got accepted in, but I was not ready for couple of reasons: What major informational source does Gallaudet University rely upon to form such hateful, ignorant, and bigoted statements about Deaf returning citizens in general and in specific?

That was one of the reasons I was not ready. So, I gave two years to focus on myself and grabbed all the books I could read about Deaf Studies by going to my favorite bookstore, Powell’s, the best place anywhere in Portland. I would go there every weekend and grab a book and sit in the coffee garden and read there. It was a perfect escape from the reality and read. There were hundreds of different people coming in from the walks of life and some of the people in that coffee garden would have some brightest minds. Not only that but I do my homework there all the time, too.

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Then in 2013, Department of ASL/Deaf Studies gave me the ultimate prize: Full scholarship and I accepted the award. The Chair and Dean of the Graduate and Professional Studies Program who is now a Provost approved the letter. Remember, they both are hearing with all the privileges they have. I moved to Washington, D.C. and took the risk. Even my mother warned me that she thought something would happen badly to me. I told my sweet mother, “I have to take the risk because it is the only way I can heal my life”–good enough, my mother was right.

As a Deaf returning citizen, I worked very hard to turn my life around even if it is 30 years ago–unfortunately, I witnessed horrifying mental abuses inside Gallaudet: Chair for Department of ASL/Deaf Studies, Director for Department of Public Safety, Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs, Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services, ASL/Deaf Studies coordinator, Director of Mental Health Center and even couple of other professors and associate professors.

I was chained to trees and walls. The experience was one of the worst I ever dealt with. Gallaudet University treats Deaf returning citizens like they are in cages, enslaved by chains, and make sure they are all part of dying humanity. They were all attempting to murder my life and made sure I was the laughingstock (a person subjected to general mockery or ridicule) on the campus.

As the academic year opens at colleges and universities across the country, the most hated groups of students will be underrepresented in classrooms: Deaf returning citizens. They had been rejected to show their abilities and the motivation to earn their degrees. They had been shut out of higher education because of their mishaps. It is time to remove the hidden penalty for Gallaudet University to illegally kick them out. They do not need to deal with stigma anymore. It is a mental illness–it is.

Gallaudet University and ASL/Deaf Studies do not support Deaf returning citizens at all. In a meeting in November 2013 with before then Dean of the Graduate Program and the Chair, the Dean signed to me with the Chair being as the strongest witness, “Gallaudet University do not support returning citizens. They are always the worst people on Earth.” I was very surprised what the Dean said and the Chair did not even say anything. The Chair was really scared of his boss.

I was so ready to walk out of the meeting and the Dean signed to me, “Go ahead. I dare you to leave the meeting.” then I realized that I needed to be strong about this. My mistake is that I did not present a lawyer in the Dean’s office. I decided to write this because what I did when I was a 12 YEARS OLD preadolescent was, of course, terrible, it was more than long time ago, 30 years ago. All I want to lead a normal life.

It sends a clear message that bigotry of Deaf returning citizens is allowed at Gallaudet University, now home of mentality plantation. It is also the center of mental condition to make sure Deaf returning citizens suffer with their own stales, socially created traumas, stigmatizations, which had actually destroyed their lives for their own pleasure.

This is only beginning. I have more to write. There are another people that are yet to be named. Those people robbed and destroyed my life. They will deny that the fact that they had done to me. They live in white lies. I was disgusted by those people’s selfish, hate-filled attacks on my life.

That is why I am so ready to tell it all. No more bullshit! The truth will come out. Remember,”dying humanity”–part of my life is all what it matters the most to them.

Yes, Deaf returning citizen is a human right.

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Desmond Tutu is Awesome!

My New Deafhood Journey: Gallaudet University I wrote in 2013–a week before I begin my graduate studies. Link below:

https://audismnegatsurdi.com/2013/08/24/my-new-deafhood-journey-gallaudet-university-2/

-JT

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Life on The Wrong Side For the Drought of Deaf Community

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Deaf Butterflies Falling Into Skulls—Forgotten People done by David Call.

What a special day! Woooooooooo!! It is September 11th! Yes, that’s right! “You must be crazy for thinking like that!” No, I am not talking about 9/11 in NYC–I am talking about 9/11 in 1880. Yes, Deaf people DO make good neighbors because they are ordinary people like you and me who suffered through Oralism have learned their struggles and the Milan Resolution of 1880 facts say much more than just that. Do not be manipulated by the fear hucksters as Milan Resolution says so. Get the facts for yourself.

I do not care about whether you have sympathy or not. What matters the most here is that hearing people who commits Audism be held accountable and after they have been successfully held accountable in society, do they have the right to be integrated back into society? That means these people need sensitive training, disable ignorance, and other societal needs met. They need an “I AM AUDIST” label where, like today, results in discrimination, stigmatization, shaming, un-employment, under-employment, homelessness, and general social exile are the norms that must be reversed against Deaf citizens today.

People are so reactionary on this stuff, the penalties are now almost as bad as “wiping them out”—yes, Audism is a terrible disease, but they are not the same as taking someone’s life. See my point? The Milan Resolution is a total mess as well. Audists who are caught and they do not land on Audism list—and all the Audists in the world are all lumped onto one list for lifetime humiliation.

Hearing people already known to Deaf person commit the vast majority of oppression against Deaf people. The continual focus on the Deaf-danger myth—thanks to Karl White, the potential threat to Deaf community. Oh, not just Karl White, but Theresa Bulger, Dimitry Dornan, and yes, the founder of Tucker Maxon Oral School, Paul Boley, my first school and many other Audists out there.

For the majority of Deaf community who suffered under the spell of Milan Resolution who have paid their debt to society should be reintegrated back into our communities WITHOUT the targeting that continually wounds them with shaming, stigmatization, unemployment, homelessness, and general social exile. As a liberal society, I believe in facts before myth, science before faith, and reason before assumption, and justice for all Deaf citizens—-not a justice for a few.

Milan Resolution used myth, faith, and assumption that Deaf people are dumb because they cannot hear sounds. The Milan Resolution who make a deal that Deaf people all MUST learn oralism on September 11th, 1880—is nothing more than the thousands of other propaganda mill rumors that promote fear as a mean to profit. Interested readers who desire to learn about Milan Resolution should investigate the following facts: Religion plays a major factor.

We need to repeal the Milan Resolution 1880 off the history books because it is the greatest legislative fraud that is based on false assumptions: The Oralism Success stories. We must as a humane society protect Deaf signing community from undue harsh response by Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and its ignorant rabble. Enlightened Audiologists, Speech therapists, and such support alternatives to imprison them or else.

Taxpayer funded cochlear implant companies would give them a glory story by getting Deaf children to become hearing and receive a good life and free Audists for more oppression who are more dangerous to society than anybody.

Time to show compassion for the most put-upon hated minority in American society, the Deaf people. Allow them the respect you would show you win them and welcome them back into the society with open arms! Today is the saddest day in Deaf history, September 11th, 1880 where the Milan Resolution conference changed Deaf people’s lives forever!

-JT

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Deaf Mainstream and Suicide

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Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say”-Mitch Albom

I have some more to write about my childhood experiences, especially in mainstreaming settings, after I read about Fautso’s death, which I admit, is still haunting me to this date. I realized that I had experienced a plenty of subsequent educational hardships all those years and the likelihood of graduating from high school was difficult after receiving many threats, harassment, bullying, and faced adverse consequences including stigmatization and differential treatment. During my senior year in high school, a month before graduation, I wanted to drop out of high school like everybody in my family did until my father got a phone call from somebody at the school that I was about to drop out, but my father got off work early and drove 30 miles to show up at my high school and caught me in a hallway and begged that I will not give up my education. He said to me, “Son, do not follow my footsteps and you are better than that”. At first, I was disgusted with my father’s appeal because he did not understand what I was going through then I realized that my father was doing the right thing for me. “Be a leader’, he said.

I skipped classes so many times during second semester and partied much and that is where I was couple of credits short from graduating high school. That was where it did not stop me from achieving my goals to graduate from high school. I ended up being in the “fifth” (senior) and skyrocketed my grades by getting five A’s and one B’s during first semester then second semester, almost got perfect grades only because I did not do well in pottery class and ended up getting B for the class. My grandmother said if anyone got perfect grades would receive $50. I really wanted $50 then my grandmother saw what I was going through, she decided to give me $50 for my efforts! In my previous blog, “My Personal Struggles in Mainstreaming America” in which I mentioned the CODA interpreter who interpreted for me in fifth grade until she moved away. We reunited again in my “fifth” year senior. That made a huge difference. Yes, even I got suspended that time for five days after getting in fight with a bully student named Kevin. My brother was there and he was in awe how much I suffered social satire everyday in hallways. He would hear other students’ mocking at me while I walked by. They just did not know that I was his big brother. I had to set an example for my brother at some point. I could not let bullies and bigots fail me and made sure that my brother could not ignore my education’s fundamental premise.

Mainstreamed Deaf students have as much right to seek higher education as non-Deaf students do. There is no secret that mainstreaming system is very much one-sided and the system has alluded Deaf students’ dignity from becoming normal and full Deaf-minded students. Mainstreamed Deaf students should not get characterized by their neglect, I am sure that the stress is so great that affects families as well, too that they experience similar social stigma what they were going through with greater personal isolation.

Is Audism part of conservatism? Definitely yes, Audists know it because they oppose to the idea of radical changes. They play dumb, but they know it! There is so much ignorance in the mainstreaming settings that leaves Deaf people very much invisible what they had been profiled around. Why not Deaf students grow up with a strong mind and ASL? Mainstreaming settings are meant to keep Deaf students from looking at hearing students in their eyes. The problem is that it is not a Deaf cultural thing, but it is a hearing supremacy thing. The Audists are out in force today. Deaf people’s existence causes a cognitive dissonance in their eyes. Many Deaf schools are closed in North America and other parts of countries. The systematic denial of receiving resources for Deaf students in mainstreaming settings still exists.

Aristotle was the one who said Deaf people are incapable of their intelligence. Thanks to Thomas Aquinas, a philosopher and a priest in 12th century, found Aristotle’s work after buried deep somewhere since third B.C. because Aristotle had committed suicide, the Church did not recognize his work. Imagine if Aquinas did not find Aristotle’s work, would the world be different and treat Deaf people with respect and dignity? We need to stand up in the public and continue to reinforce the fact that mainstreaming settings is not the answer. Let’s make an example of the problem.

Denying Intellectual Audism is in a new vogue. How can Deaf people not deal with enormous sense of shame and stigma by being Deaf? They should not felt demoralized at all. Mainstreaming has become a collateral consequence to Deaf people’s lives. Audism makes sure that Deaf people are liable for their consequences for their actions no matter what happened to them in the classroom. Various factors have contributed to many more problems. Remember Paddy Ladd’s research in his book, 80% of Deaf children do not have formal education on the earth. Audists would say that Ladd’s published research findings are false and disagreeable. They need to think that “listening and speaking” is individualistic, like playing some musical instruments.

In the United States, we need to utilize the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to change discriminatory state laws that affect Deaf students in mainstreaming system. In U.K., 96% of Deaf children are mainstreamed and in Canada, high percentage as well, too. We will not become Aristotle’s children. I know that there is high percentage of Deaf children who committed suicide and yet it is invisible in the media world. We need to collect newspaper clippings even if they say “hearing impaired” instead of “Deaf” and other documented information to prove that suicide among Deaf young people exist. Educators of the Deaf today are completely trained under the powerful influence from 1880 Milan Resolution Conference to make sure mainstreamed Deaf children are overlooked and dismissed as nonexistent in the society.

Ladd’s quote, “…parade a single Deaf ‘success’ in order to exemplify the miracle made flesh, and to thus claim all Deaf children were capable of these achievements. That the examples in question were usually drawn from deafened or partially Deaf children was something that was hidden from view” and his other quote, “Isolated from contact with other Deaf people, the experience resulted in ‘academic success’ but was traumatic both socially and emotionally” both quotes were written in 1979.

-JT

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