ASL Advocates American Independence?

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Be Greater than Average

Can mathematics (in terms of ASL/Deaf-centric thinking) become Deaf community’s best friend?

AGBell: Master Manipulators

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It is no secret that AGBell manipulate parents of Deaf children today and tomorrow. In many bullying tactics, including that particularly large swath of lies that involve someone’s monetary profit and someone else’s loss, can it be said that it is democracy or not? We all know that, by dint of constant repetition, Deaf CANNOT made to appear HEARING, good can get transformed into evil, and myth may take the place of reality, cochlear implants are all about bullying, some can be severe bullying, some can be extreme bullying, the degree of bullying is all the same.

This month, October is to bring awareness about Anti-Bullying and this is perfect friction of the territory of this planet, seems to engage a totally disproportionate attention of the print and broadcast media of the world what AGBell has done to thousands and thousands of survivors including parents as survivors. Unfortunately, much of what the media tell us—in editorializing in published articles are endlessly repeated myths what AGBell has manipulated many of us.

As two evenings ago, I finished reading a book written by Laura Mauldin, Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children really blew my mind away. This book needs to be discussed in all of classrooms—and outside of classrooms in this matter, too. Let me summarize why people should read this book: it is about serious global downturn of the modern era of globalization—cochlear implant marketing failed to do what they should have done to encourage serious damage on Deaf people.

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Sociology holds dearly to my heart, I wish the book would add few important terms such as “intelligence explosion”—a term coined by British Mathematician, I.J. Good in 1965—the same year American Sign Language (ASL) was coined by William Stokoe, Jr.—is what exactly cochlear implant industries are attempting to destroy ASL.

Singularity: (noun) The moment when technological change becomes so rapid and profound, it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history. For example, computers are getting faster, everybody knows that. Also, computers are getting faster faster— that is the rate at which they are attempting to make cochlear implants growing and yet, it is an epic failure.

When Deaf children are born, they are what they are called Prima Facie, a Latin expression meaning at first sight or first face. Who decides who gets to be immortal when it comes to cochlear implant companies and…AGBell? By removing “DEAF”, will we have lost our essential humanity? Mauldin writes in the book that strikes me hard the most when Linda, the principal of the school who observed the implanted children in classrooms, “We think that deafness is going to be a thing of the past someday in the future”—making it so easy to have word DEAF disappeared from the Mother Earth is really a HATE SPEECH. No, really, it is!

AGBell- sponsored dinners manipulating parents and people with lies and encouraging language bigotry. Mauldin also writes, “When advocates for sign said that sign was the “natural” language of the deaf”, Linda looked over at Nancy and angrily told her that English was her natural language, not sign. “Culture evolve, and with technology it evolves faster.” That is exactly a good example of intelligence explosion or in better terms, artificial intelligence.

Strivright, a strong ORAL school in New York, look at the word, very clever word: Striv=STRIVE—RIGHT. COCHLEAR IMPLANT: STRIVE RIGHT! Like AGBell freaks must strive against using ASL—that is a perfect bigotry. Strivright’s Philosophy: “focuses on teaching children to speak and hear, not relying upon compensatory skills such as sign language or lip reading”—reminds me of Tucker-Maxon Oral School (TMOS), Oregon’s worst language bigotry against Deaf children.

Socrates once said, “What is the point,” he asked, “of walls and warships and glittering statues if the men who build them are not happy?” What is the reason for living life, other than to love it?” Is that why AGBell building walls and warships to remove Deaf children’s pursuit of happiness for their greed?

Socrates was nominated one of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, his nickname “The Source”. Therefore, in my opinion, Deafhood is about Seven Pillars of Wisdom, too. Please read this book, Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children and share with your friends, instructors, teachers, professors, whoever.

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-JT

Copyright © 2016 Jason Tozier

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: How William C. Stokoe Became A National Symbol in Deaf Community

……in 1965, when two deaf colleagues and I finished the first dictionary of American Sign Language. My pleasure with the current activity is not unmixed, however. To a certain extent many who study signed languages take that first step over and over again, but one step doesn’t get us far. We need the second stage of the original idea to move it forward.” [Stokoe, Language in Hand: Why Sign Came Before Speech, page 2 in chapter, An Idea That Would Not Go Away]

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The world has never really had another William C. Stokoe. While his name might conjure up images of American Sign Language (ASL), William was much more than the father of ASL, William was even bigger than the Vitruvian Man. In short, he was a genius. In the summer of 1955, William walks into Gallaudet College for the first time; the unexpected passion shows up in the picture. He pledges for human rights for the Deaf people to preserve ASL in the public spaces, sleep in the houses, their shelter system remains strong and ASL is impossible to lose.

This investment must provide increased education, assistance, as well as other services called for in plans developed by human rights today—first, build a stronger system that connects Deaf people with ASL is a moral imperative that also makes economic sense and strengthens Deaf community. Deaf people can benefit from the expertise of Deaf leaders in the many outstanding programs to preserve ASL, for example, the current president of California Association of the Deaf [CAD] advocates a bill SB210 to preserve ASL in 2015, already making a difference in Deaf community.

How did Stokoe do this? The answers lie not in language or science, but the in the way in which he saw ASL around Deaf community, and how that made him the father of ASL, it is the same approach that made his discovery so remarkable, that enabled him to invent many of the aspects of Deaf people’s lives today. What was it that inspired and shaped his genius? Can we learn his talents and traits to seek and recreate in our own quest for ASL innovation?

Remember the classic movie, Back to the Future? Whoooosshhh!

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Now is the time to support a comprehensive strategy with measurable, long-term goals to preserve ASL. It is important that ASL is a byproduct of the modern way of life, completes with the human cycle. Time was, a Deaf person could wander, walkabout, explore and they have needs of permanent domicile, on account they are more nomadic—what is nomadic? The word means anything that involves moving around a lot.

Today, ASL is a real life, necessarily, and being in hock to keep ASL, so we can turn around and do it again next day, months, decades, centuries, so far that there is always Back to the Future—-and what is that all about, really?  1955.1985. 2015. 2025. 2035. 2045. 2055. 2065. Back to the Future: ASL is nomadic! Thank you, William C. Stokoe!

-JT

Copyright © 2015 Jason Tozier

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