Saturday, March 29, 2008

Alliance and Diplomacy

To clarify my thoughts on CI issues in my previous posts. I am for CI but rather against AGBell's agenda regarding CI. My main issues is Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's (AGBell's) negative attitude towards the Deaf culture in general. For years, they have been promoting myths that Deaf culture using ASL isolates themselves from mainstream society including hard of hearing which includes those who had CI. This type of stereotyping is causing strife between many deaf individuals. Its not about CI technology but rather the attitude towards CI itself. Within the Deaf Community and so-called deaf experts like AGBell, we are struggling with two different theories on the education and well-being of deaf children. AGBell's attitudes appears to be oppressive towards those who primary uses ASL and ignores important factors regarding the Deaf world itself. Their form of stereotyping have created by showing their incorrect judgements of a possibility by making people into stereotypes that leads to myths. We all need to be careful not to stereotype any deaf individuals or deaf groups. Deaf individuals differ from each other as much as hearing people do.

I believe parents are to help their deaf children endure with deafness by having the early intervention to successfully acquire language is to use combination of sign language and/or spoken language. We must remember that the Deaf culture is based on the heritage and traditions of the Deaf community, not about deafness itself. We are to treat all deaf individuals equal opportunity to undertand all aspects of the deaf community, culture and education. This is really about about non-culturally Deaf people learning to accept Deaf culture & language without judgements.

I am getting tired of seeing many professionals accepting AGbell's agendas without checking all other aspects. AGBell's agendas toward the Deaf Culture are very biased and they are stereotyping through prejudice. One example that AGBell have successfully teamed up with is this: The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) are pleased to announce........ AGBell's audism basically means they discriminate or stereotyping against Deaf Culture or individuals. Audism means a system of practice, behavior, belief, or attitude. Members of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, including audiologist and speech teacher that value hearing aids or cochlear implants or any other technologies.

What we should do is have diplomacy to have all organizations who work with deaf individuals be united that we all get together in alliance to accept all aspects of deafness.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Jim--parents can get involved with Hands & Voices, a parent-driven organization that believes "What works for your child is what makes the choice right." Hands & Voices gives parents the opportunity to explore choices and issues without pressure.