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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Year 2064: Cyborg University for the Deaf

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The 21st century will bring many changes to Gallaudet: social changes as we enter the age of international terrorism known as “cochlear implants”, attempting to get rid of ASL and Deaf culture, as our government makes political decisions which will effect many generations to come on a global level.

There are, and will be environmental concerns as once we may run out of batteries. Imagine what if the future of cochlear implants demanding huge changes in 21st century would most likely to use genocide steps in scientific research, complete with its own moral quandaries over DNA identification, stem cell cloning, and cures for the state of being Deaf.

We are at economic struggles—where the technology is difficult to stabilize, due in part to foreign competition, outsourcing of labor and volatile stock market prices. Another problem that is already apparent and will become more so in the near future is the growing problem at Gallaudet University. The set up of a cochlear implant center at Gallaudet University is already a big red flag.

The sharing of cochlear implant center is bound to reach scarcity as we enter into this new era, unless we discard our Deaf culture and adopt a more effectual way of living, by replenishing, and reducing human oppression from the society telling us to get cochlear implant or else.

From an article (look below for references): “By 2064, it’s entirely possible that neural engineers may be fluent enough to mimic those instructions, allowing them to repair a human being’s faulty systems by rewiring them.”

Is Gallaudet University powerful and educated enough need to conjure more ways to share these valuable resources with Deaf community in an ever-growing international economy and global community that the money is for cochlear implant mapping is more important than ASL?

Unless we bring our knowledge and truth, then cochlear implant companies would seriously interfere with Gallaudet University as a community of international commerce in action.

The future is now unpredictable. We need to preserve ASL and Deaf culture in an optimistic and innovative attitude of change, with educational and economic oppression regarding the cochlear implant industries, the resources we insist using ASL in abundance, in fact, we do not need oppression.

Futurologist and transhumanist Ray Kurzweil who works for Google, said that all the humans will be immortal in the year 2045. human beings will also become immortal in the year 2045. (references below)

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I remember attending Michael Chorost’s lecture, How to Put Your Brain on the Internet held at Library of Congress in DC few years ago, he was talking about the future of cochlear implants–and hope for cyborg-sim. I was furious and asked him a question that he refused to answer. He knew what he was practicing: pure genocide. That’s it.

While democracy is ideally a good and fair system of representation based on the popularity of ASL, it is likely that it will always make from the bottom up. This way, ASL and Deaf culture will spend and live in harmony with a populous Earth, and all its other inhabitants.

A panel of Gallaudet citizens from all walks of life that were educated enough to understand this system would be called upon to preserve Deaf culture first, in turn, affect all of us. Think of that way. Cochlear implant industries, is available to all who seek it, and are decriminalized in order to keep the black market activity and crime to a minimum.

An important direction that Gallaudet needs to be heading again is also to the field of higher education, for example, Deaf Studies, which needs to uproot its knowledge. No cochlear implant industries will ever control Gallaudet University’s economic and political reasons.

While I personally hope that Gallaudet University in 2064 (200 years anniversary of the ground-breaking higher education for Gallaudet students), would make Deaf-centered, Deaf-controlled, and Deaf-oriented university. We must look past our fears and realize that we are entering the age of a global community, where we must all do our part in assuring there will be resources left for our Deaf community, and so forth.

We must look to the heavens and be willing to make the first brave step into uncharted territory, and be willing to pioneer it responsibly, learning from the way we have transformed Gallaudet in 1864, in order to maintain a healthy environment. Think about quality and quantity of life in a changing world for Deaf people.

We must raise a religious barrier, EPHPHATHA, on the Gallaudet’s seal that we are all taught to struggle ourselves. It is only when we make these realizations that we have a true chance of surviving ASL and Deaf culture, and making the most of what the miracles of earth and life would have to offer. I do not even want to think that Gallaudet University will be full of cyborgs. They would call it Cyborg University for the Deaf. Scary thought, eh?

-JT

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References:

http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/we-will-end-disability-by-becoming-cyborgs

http://www.trueactivist.com/google-futurist-predicts-that-most-humans-will-be-cyborgs-by-2030/

https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-13-037/

 

 

 

Laurent Clerc Would Be Disheartened by Cochlear Implants

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Laurent Clerc. Gallaudet University.

Deaf people are one of America’s most important symbols because it identifies the moment at which the nation was born and, in effective yet complex language, describes the reason for its 200 years anniversary of Laurent Clerc’s arrival. America was only 40 years old when Clerc arrived on an American soil.

If you are offended by the cochlear implant industries that are attempting to take over Deaf community and want to understand how the lies on Earth can allow liars to escape from the truth, profit over Deaf people, while maintaining the highest rate of myths among Deaf children in the industrialized world. 

If you are alarmed that our planet will soon be inhospitable for civilization at the rate that they are attempting to wipe Deaf culture out and wants to know the steps we can take to reserve that trend. 

If you are concerned that the Deaf people soon at the brink of extinction because of cochlear implant industries, taking away the pursuit of happiness from them who need it most and that Deaf people are limited and the right to take their lives over. 

If you are agree that the deadly cochlear implant industries actions of industrialized, corrupt, and Audist forces go unchecked…

There was a five minutes movie on YouTube called Deaf Culture: VICE News Tonight on HBO [Full Segment] that was published on February 8th, 2017. Since the cochlear implant industries has closed people’s eyes to who is really profiting from lies, manipulating stocks, controlling Deaf people on earth, enslaving Deaf children, pulling strings in order to plump up their stock portfolios at your expense and mine.

If Clerc were alive today, he would fight for the voice of Deaf people for a powerful and passionate movement how to fight back for the human rights. For example, take cochlear implant companies debacle–there is an insurance company tactic called “rescission”–where sick policyholders were routinely dumped even if they never missed a premium payment. And while the cochlear implant industries has spread the lies to the millions of people, Deaf people has not been shy about airing the truth;

That America can do better, and, under insurance companies that become greedy and got too good to set up a deal. Let’s face it. The cochlear implant industries makes for comfortable armchair reading. That is because going into the backroom, the boardroom, and the cloakrooms to uncover for you the hard truths about who really controls power in Deaf community can be scary and infuriating.

But the cochlear implant industries refuse to regret knowing what they know now. Because once you’ve had the blinders removed, you’ll never want to be hoodwinked by their lies and sandbagged by the mainstream media, and snookered by powerful corporate interests feeding Alexander Graham Bell board members bullshit flaking for their profit or dirty or even blood money over Deaf people.

Fact. There is the smoke and mirrors you get from the most of the media today, and there is stronghold of Deaf people who fights against cochlear implant industries for the truth. Every step is a splash of cold water on the face.

Together today, we will fight for our democracy and human rights for Deaf people and American Sign Language (ASL), too. I am pretty sure that Laurent Clerc would do the same thing. 200 years later after Clerc’s historic arrival, Deaf Culture: VICE News Tonight on HBO [Full Segment] wrote in summary,

“Today, more than 40 percent of American children born deaf receive cochlear implants. The technology effectively restores hearing by bypassing the ear and delivering audio information directly to the brain. The vast majority of deaf children who are implanted develop hearing and speaking skills comparable to their hearing peers, thus allowing them the option to “mainstream” into normal schools.

Deaf education in the U.S. has gone through many phases. American Sign Language (ASL) is currently the dominant mode of instruction in deaf schools, but there have been periods where ASL was banned and students were forced to speak and lip-read, an ineffective approach known as oralism. ASL has now gained legitimacy and been shown to include the deep grammar and syntax found in spoken languages. It is also the wellspring of deaf culture, a proud community wary of historical attempts to assimilate them into a hearing world.

As more parents opt for cochlear implants, VICE News explores their impact on the medical condition that gave rise to a cultural identity.”

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Artwork done by Joseph N. Artino

When the Nazi party came to power in Germany in 1933, Hitler was obsessed with racial purity with the idea that nature had created a superior Aryan race. There was 17,000 Deaf people were sterilized between 1933 and 1945. The youngest was nine years old. Deaf people in Hitler’s Europe were among those who were killed by the Nazis during the time because they were Jews, others because as congenitally Deaf people that they were considered ‘defective’ and ‘biologically inferior’ [Gilbert, 1998]

As a Deaf person and Deaf people I know, we have long suffered in silence enduring verbal attacks, physical attacks, and harassment why they and I did not get cochlear implant. As a result, hate crimes against Deaf people are largely under reported. Many Deaf people did not report crimes because of fear of being misunderstood. Deaf people face stigma daily, ASL is one tool, which may help them overcome communication issues but may not erase stigmatization.

A knowledge of history is extremely useful; it lays before our eyes the great picture of the generations that have preceded us; and in relating the events which passed in their time..it lays before us the precepts of the wise…of all ages…”- Laurent Clerc

Today, Laurent Clerc would be horrified by the attacks of cochlear implants.

-JT

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References: Gilbert, Jean (1998). Deaf People in Hitler’s Europe. Gallaudet Today. September 1998.

Cochlear Implants: Demodernizing Consciousness in Deaf Mind

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Today, I recently saw a lecture held at Gallaudet University by Laura Maudlin, the author of Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children was worth watching! I really enjoyed it—a dynamic lecturer. One of the best lectures I had seen in long time!

You all need to know that Gallaudet University owns cochlear implant center on second floor inside Sorenson Language Communication Center (SLCC) largely all about profiting, then it is pathological, period. Cochlear implant is about human violence. It is about diversities of cochlear implant, something lacks, something missing, something wrong, something defiant, something benevolent, something pitiful. They want to have hearing to be restored, so to speak.

I am really glad that Laura Maudlin took the courage to tell the truth, no human being can restore anyone’s hearing: they can only amplify it. When cochlear implant batteries run low or expire, the state of being Deaf will be always an inevitable and that is actually the reality! That is why Gallaudet University set up the CI center to do mapping—largely because of battery economics, money, POWER and bullshit. How come Student Body Government (SBG), Graduate Student Association (GSA), University Faculty, National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) and numerous consumer organizations across the nation did not object ENOUGH to protest against cochlear implant center on the campus? I mean, how did that really happen?

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If Gallaudet University owns cochlear implant center, would we allow genocide procedure that is widely practiced on campus? Are they attempting to destroy Deaf? Why is Deaf marginalized? Why is cochlear implant center still belonging in the schoolhouse? Is cochlear implant an amusement for academia? When we talk about Deaf, it ends up in the schoolyard. That is a big difference. What bothers me the most is that Gallaudet University is a federally funded, private institution located on Florida and West Virginia Avenue in NE Washington—it is appropriated by the United States Congress. We all know that, right? It is no secret.

The money is so powerful to coerce people (cochlear implant stock-holders) to divide up our Deaf community and instituting us as warm bodies in the same manner that the oppressors had America coerced into dividing up America and instituting private land ownership away from Native Americans, my people. Gallaudet University choose to ignore that the fact that it would vulnerable Deaf people with no money so are we and that is not very cool. [WEAK LINK, YOU DEAF PEOPLE, WEAK LINK!] Money in power that Deaf people must claim to define our language and culture. Cochlear implants are being done in any teaching spaces around Gallaudet campus. Again, not cool.

I’m glad that I got to meet Laura Maudlin and signed the book, and she wrote with heavy passion—the book was very challenging to write which I can imagine that she recognized the later attitude that the term “cochlear implant”—has always carried the scent of impropriety of Deaf and ASL discourses even at Gallaudet University. It is all about Gallaudet University administration that have been known to fail. Indeed, many of their deliverances of reason do not seem reasonable at all. Intellectuality is natural. ASL is natural. Deaf is natural. Cochlear implants are not natural. Period. It will never workable. Lies are the main spinning of propaganda all over Gallaudet University campus. It is never too late.

I look forward to read the book, Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children. Then I can share my thoughts when I finish read the book. Give me couple of days then. Like Laura Mauldin said, “DIG DEEPER”—in the picture. I will always carry many conversations about how the globalization of cochlear implants are greedy in the public-health regulations, and to end the child labor.

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-JT

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My Reflection Triggered by the CI question: Deafhood is the Answer

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[When the oppressed Deaf people discover Deafhood, the chains of oppression start to dissolve and hands becomes free as butterfly]-David Call

Last February 2013, at age 38, I suffered a heart attack, and I was taken to Emergency Room.  After examining my heart condition, while I was resting, I was asked if I would like to have cochlear implants.

It was highly offensive. What they were attempting was to make me a by-product of cochlear implant industry. That day I felt that I was in a Holocaust concentration camp. The air inside the hospital was very still, regardless some doctors were surrounding with their activity.

I thought about driving by the mental hospital and seeing Deaf patients behind the fence. Deaf people on display? It reminded me of the Nazi proclamation: Arbeit Macht Frei (Work makes you free).  Cochlear implants make Deaf people free so they could speak and hear. Asking me about being cochlear implanted was, and is, INHUMANE!

Once I encounter the word Deafhood as the state of being Deaf, the process of linguistic and cultural behavior, and the technology related to communication, I realized that Deafhood requires a lot of self-examination from the perspective of social change, language planning, and how technology affects my future and my membership in the Deaf community. Not only the social determinants of Deaf community with respect to how we use American Sign Language (ASL) as a tool for communication, but also the non-intentional structuring of technology that promotes standards and assumptions of Deaf people.

After all, cochlear implants are not an arbitrary economic style that Deaf people pick and choose. CI are stimulant, just like dogs needing constant praises and treats.

I, JT, offer two characteristics that are distinctively different in my life situation, yet they are similar in my common struggles to find a sense of self within a tension of two cultures. I wonder if I am anything, but a “hero”, and hardly a stereotypical rendition of a Deaf lad. After I read Paddy Ladd’s book on Deafhood and discussed it with several Deaf scholars I met. I enjoyed them as they offered a rare glimpse into a life of a Deaf person in a contemporary situation. I often felt a true confinement of my personal cell as a reflection of my greater potentiality. As my name reflects, I felt “captured” in a situation I felt that I was unable to change.

There were so many other issues I faced. Many stemmed from my painful childhood in which I struggled with issues of Audism and identity crises, as I tried to find a place of my own as a Deaf individual in this contemporary society. I had dealt with depression and coped with the ghosts of my past.

My life is not that typical drawing upon rich imagery and spiritualism to confront my demons. Instead, I was a guy with an unknown Deaf heritage that was in a conflict with by my life issues under which I have viewed through the lens of two cultures.  They are in tension. Yet, it was ultimately my initial connection with a Deafhood progress which saved my insanity. My acknowledgement of my past failures, and my ultimate courage to continue living, to change my future, stemmed in part from my cultural connections.

I am writing to renew myself, my name, and my identity, and to find my connection to my own Deaf heritage. I had been searching for meaning and personal identity in relation to the current time of cultural change and adaptation among Deaf people. I find my own narrative broken up, disjointed, almost as if to convey the literacy and oral “storytelling” technique of traditional Deaf literature.

My story is not linear, but spherical. The use of “distance” thematically shows the estrangement of Deafhood from my culture, my separateness from Deaf community, which stresses holistic, meaningful connections to each other and, to nature. “The country has created a distance as deep as it was empty, and the people accepted and treated each other at a distance. But the distance I felt came not from country or people; it came from within me” (James Welch).  The “distance” is further felt by a general absence that is felt by my narrative. This void is sensed by the lack of personal depth in my life and my desire for a change in the personal circumstances of my life.

After reading Paddy Ladd’s book, it offers me a new sense of purpose, through my connections with my ancestry and coming to terms with my past. My personal estrangement from my Deaf life was suddenly replaced with a new framework rich in cultural identity and meaning. Deafhood has been creating a stark depiction of my lifeblood. Its progress comes with its challenges, and continuing survival, with humor, and perhaps a sad recognition that I must continuously face and sometimes capitalize on stereotypes such as Audism to ensure my survival.

The comparisons that I make with Audism seem to both trivialized and disrepute. As an opponent to Audism, I find such a way to take the understanding of its nature further, philosophically. It is not as easy for Deaf people to consider other species equal, as it is to consider each other equal. The essence of Ladd’s work stands as a call to Deaf people to adjust their mentality in such a way that there is no room for hypocrisy or contradiction. The only manner in which Paddy Ladd downplays Audism is time-related. “Mainstream” liberation movements hold just as much weight as those not widely recognized.

Paddy Ladd employs comparison of Deaf people to human liberation movements in order to promote Deaf rights. In this way, Ladd creates room for the readers to doubt their current mentality. This doubt serves as the foundation on which he builds the rest of his arguments, citing in his book, page seven (7): “You will be asking yourselves why this has not come to public notice before and why someone [else] isn’t doing something about it. One of the aims of this book is to find answers to both questions. For in order to understand how something like this has escaped notice on such a planet-wide, century-long scale, one has to be able to understand the true nature of the society in which we live; how political power, medical and educational dominance and media information strategies interact and reinforce each other to create an overarching form of what is effectively thought control. In other words, to understand how one’s own cultures really operate” His debate urges the reader to question the status quo.

Audism is an everyday influence on our Deaf community. Audism has a great power partly because we don’t talk much about it. I have turned to the book Deafhood to lead myself into the metaphysical world by making manifest the questions I have asked daily: Who am I? With whom shall I deal? And what is my purpose?

Please visit David Call’s website: http://www.eyehandstudio.com

-JT

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Reference:

Ladd, Paddy. Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood. 2003.

Welch, James. Winter in the Blood. New York: Penguin Group, 1986.