10: notes from the bilingual, bicultural classroom...
Deaf in the City 10: notes from the bilingual, bicultural classroom...and what's amazing is that out of 17 kids the two who refuse to sign are the deaf ones!You read that right. The deaf children refuse to sign! I understand why, but it's still marvellous to observe. I'm proud to say I think I've achieved a fully multicultural classroom. I type this while watching my students act in a...
Thu, Mar 13 2008
415: I Can't Watch the NY Times
Deaf in the City 415: I Can't Watch the NY TimesSigh. It's been a long month. I'm starting a new career and have no time for blogging. But to this I make an exception... this follows hard on the heels of Shane Feldman's recent blog about the lack of online captioning on CNN.In the middle of an intense course of study this summer, I decide to purchase the TimesSelect. I love the New [...]
Fri, Jul 27 2007
414: The Not-So-Good-Now Cochlear Implant?
Deaf in the City 414: The Not-So-Good-Now Cochlear Implant?17 months. That's one year, five months. Are people implanting children too fast? That's the opinion of one researcher at the University of Haifa in Israel: that there are children who are currently being implanted too early, before the cilia in their ears have time to develop. These children might have been better served by [...]
Thu, Jun 14 2007
413: No Deaf Child Left Behind?
Deaf in the City 413: No Deaf Child Left Behind?How does No Child Left Behind affect the Deaf community? The No Child Left Behind program has been receiving heavy criticism over at DailyKos lately. Check out this article by teacherken:The multiple choice questions on the AP are almost always of high quality. And, like the SAT, there is a correction for guessing: there are 5 [...]
Thu, May 10 2007
QUESTION: How do you contact NAD at their national...
Deaf in the City QUESTION: How do you contact NAD at their national office?(gripe)I've been trying to send them questions about VRI on their online contact form but it keeps telling me there's a data error. Nobody picks up on the TTY line. The voice line has a message that people will respond to me via e-mail. Plus - their website is really S-L-O-O-O-W. Does anyone still work at NAD's [...]
Tue, May 01 2007
412: tuesday morning news & coffee
Deaf in the City 412: tuesday morning news & coffeeThe Pet Food Crisis: It's worse than you thought.VRI: We're not the only ones dealing with the VRI issue in hospitals. This is becoming a national problem. To be honest, most Deaf people are not willing to speak out on this issue. Peggy Johnson is different. Reverend of a Deaf church:Johnson watched a congregant suffer in the hospital [...]
Tue, May 01 2007
411: Firm of Scratcher & Low Leaving RNID; DeafRea...
Deaf in the City 411: Firm of Scratcher & Low Leaving RNID; DeafRead Too American?I kept trying to find time to write about this, but life once again overwhelms me! But this is very important news and recent developments make me think it's important to provide some context. The RNID is the largest charity organization for Deaf people in the UK, claiming to represent 9 million Deaf and [...]
Sat, Apr 28 2007
410: Late Night News and Coffee Roundup
Deaf in the City 410: Late Night News and Coffee RoundupI had way too much curry last night, so I had some extra time to check out the news...OBI-WAN, PROTECT ME DEPT: OK-WARN is a new emergency service specifically designed to warn Deaf people in case of emergency:"About 80 percent of the deaf and hard of hearing population feel uncomfortable because they feel they don't get the [...]
Wed, Apr 25 2007
408: RANT: We Can't See the Jailbirds Signing
Deaf in the City 408: RANT: We Can't See the Jailbirds SigningSo Daphne Wright's story has come to the next chapter. The Argus Leader reports:Daphne Wright, spared a death sentence by a Minnehaha County jury, soon will join five other women serving life without parole in the South Dakota Women's Prison in Pierre.Wright, 43, is deaf. While state Corrections Department officials say [...]
Sun, Apr 22 2007
407: Poll Results: Deaf Economy?
Deaf in the City 407: Poll Results: Deaf Economy?So the poll results look really interesting at this point! Of course this is totally unscientific, but still fun to do! I've left the polls up in case more people want to join in, but at last counts:12% unemployed is almost three times the national average. And this isn't even taking into account some interesting points - that my blog [...]
Sat, Apr 14 2007
405: Murder Will Out
Deaf in the City 405: Murder Will OutBut Ridor has a good point about needing to have a Deaf juror.There's been a lot of furor over the Daphne Wright case. A lot of Deaf bloggers are complaining that the trial is unfair, especially the always-great MishkaZena, who here asks for native ASL users to evaluate Daphne's ASL skills and voice their opinions on her need for a CDI (certified [...]
Sat, Apr 07 2007
404: Deafhood and the Media
Deaf in the City 404: Deafhood and the MediaHave you been following the commentary about that Law & Order episode online? It's interesting seeing what people's reactions are... I notice a lot of aggressiveness in the Deaf community, with people clamoring "Everything must conform to MY idea of the Deaf identity" - or to some imagined ideal Deaf person. To me this is like someone [...]
Thu, Apr 05 2007
interlude: are you deaf? take this survey!Take a t...
Deaf in the City interlude: are you deaf? take this survey!Take a ten-minute survey! From a grad student friend of mine, Mel:Hello dear friends,If you are DEAF, I am calling upon your kindness in hopes that you will take 10 minutes to copy/paste (or click) this link, [link] into your URL and complete a very short multiple choice survey about the barriers that Deaf people experience [...]
Tue, Apr 03 2007
403: ASL Paradoxii
Deaf in the City 403: ASL ParadoxiiMy own response to Allison Kaftan's "Silent Hands Sculpt Epitome of Beauty... Not," with a nod to the Deaf Pagan Crossroads.ME (after being told how beautiful my sign language was): Do you know there's over 100 different signed languages?HEARING PERSON: No, really! That's amazing!ME: And few of them make any sense to each other, they are all [...]
Wed, Mar 28 2007
401: The Signing Family.
Deaf in the City 401: The Signing Family.Cool video. Click on the link. It's from the association formerly known as the BDA:?Signing Family' , produced by Deaf Association of Northern Ireland, is an information resource for parents of Deaf children, Deaf parents of hearing children and professionals. It is a multilingual information resource parented in British Sign Language (BSL) and [...]
Fri, Mar 16 2007
400: Freedom to Choose Deaf
Deaf in the City 400: Freedom to Choose DeafWhen we met with the hospital administration they made a throwaway comment which bothered me tremendously - they compared the provison of on-site interpreters to giving everyone luxury cars. I was like, WHAT? To me, it didn't make sense. To me we were fighting for a car that works. 60% of the time, we don't have a car at all, according to [...]
Fri, Mar 09 2007
399: VRI: Finding the Way
Deaf in the City 399: VRI: Finding the WayActivism is a spiritual effort for me. You close your eyes and stand in a roomful of angry people and find the balancing point; then you make a world dance on it.Work still continues as we struggle to get to grips with the situation at Beth Israel Medical Center, which I blogged about here, here and here. When people began to send BIMC letters [...]
Thu, Mar 08 2007
398: Because Learning Rocks.
Deaf in the City 398: Because Learning Rocks.Sometimes I really miss academia.The world?s first sign language dictionary available from a mobile phone is launched today by the University of Bristol?s Centre for Deaf Studies. Mobilesign.org is a video dictionary with over 5,000 British Sign Language signs. Produced by staff at the Centre for Deaf Studies, it is a mobile accessory to [...]
Wed, Mar 07 2007
397: Served With Hot Milk
Deaf in the City 397: Served With Hot MilkI had jury duty yesterday and thought I'd document my experience, which may or may not show how good the NYC system is. I was contacted via mail on February 2nd for an appointment in the morning on Monday February 26th. Concerned about interpreters, but willing to serve cos I believe all the cheezy stuff about loving your country (go, [...]
Tue, Feb 27 2007
396: Wednesday Morning News and Coffee Roundup
Deaf in the City 396: Wednesday Morning News and Coffee RoundupSome news from England:COURAGEOUS Oliver Westbury is launching an expedition to become the first deaf person to reach the North Pole on foot. Oliver will trek 70 miles through one of the world's most hostile landscapes to raise money for deaf children.But before he can start planning the challenge of a lifetime he [...]
Wed, Jan 31 2007
395: A Television Has No Bedside Manner
Deaf in the City 395: A Television Has No Bedside MannerYou show up at your doctor?s office. In the past there was an interpreter there. The terp helped you through the intake process; if you had questions you could ask them whilst in the waiting room. If your doctor was late, the interpreter would tell you, and they would make sure that when the so-forgetful hearing people called [...]
Tue, Jan 30 2007
394: VRI at Beth Israel: the plot thickens
Deaf in the City 394: VRI at Beth Israel: the plot thickensWhen interpreters at Beth Israel Medical Center were told they would be replaced with televisions, their responses were incredulous. So too were the responses of Deaf community members at the New York City DIRC meeting on Friday, January 19th, 2007. They claim that Video Relay Interpreting (VRI) systems are meant for [...]
Sun, Jan 21 2007
393: VRI... Sign Language! Access!
Deaf in the City 393: VRI... Sign Language! Access!This Friday night in NYC my darling Zlotte will be leading a really important discussion at Morton St.:Important DIRC meeting Friday, January 19th! Your support is needed! Are you now or have you ever been a patient at Beth Israel Hospital? Did you know that Beth Israel is planning to fire their sign language interpreters and [...]
Wed, Jan 17 2007
392: The National Deaf Economy, what?
Deaf in the City 392: The National Deaf Economy, what?Today's Question, for Deaf Community Members:How do you see things in the nation as a whole for Deaf people? Are Deaf people more likely or less likely to be employed today than ten years ago? Are Deaf people more or less likely to be moving up the income ladder today than ten years ago? Are more or less of your friends employed? [...]
Fri, Dec 29 2006
390: Working While Deaf; or, Existential Deafhood
Deaf in the City 390: Working While Deaf; or, Existential DeafhoodThursday at work my friend RD, whose daughter is at Gallaudet now, stopped me to tell about Sophie, Miss Limousin of France. This go-getting Deaf girl was fighting for the crown of Miss France when an interpreter got in her way. Not to be floored, she kept her smile and chose to try speaking for herself when she [...]
Mon, Dec 25 2006
Interlude: Internet Scams and Deaf Culture
Deaf in the City Interlude: Internet Scams and Deaf CultureIt seems we have finally achieved minority status: as erfo noted tonight, nigerians are now deafians:UNITED KINGDOM ADOPTION AGENCYBritish Deaf Association InternationalHeadquarters: 60 Merriman RoadBlackheath London SE3 8RZEngland.Good day to you,I am a representative of the UK Government in London. I will really love to pass [...]
Wed, Dec 13 2006
387: Davila's Speech: with coffee
Deaf in the City 387: Davila's Speech: with coffeeI really like Davila. (And sir, if there's any jobs available in your administration, let a man know!) Seriously, you can see video of his speech here, straight from Gallaudet. My thoughts as the man speaks:There's some introductory speech (UPDATE: by Pamela Holmes, chair of the BOT), then Davila takes the stage at 19:34 (is it just [...]
Mon, Dec 11 2006
386: Who's Who For the Gallaudet Interim President...
Deaf in the City 386: Who's Who For the Gallaudet Interim Presidential PositionSo who will it be, friends and neighbors? Here's some first impressions after my first reading of their biographies and letters.William Marshall, a dedicated leader of the Gallaudet University faculty, who has led the University Faculty Senate (the one whose votes of no confidence so harmed the [...]
Sat, Dec 09 2006
385: weds am poetry: the Lion in Cancer
Deaf in the City 385: weds am poetry: the Lion in CancerSomething unfinished I thought I'd share during busy times.The reason I'm pacing the cage is: it doesn't matter how good we are, how well we speakthere will always be some form of discriminationthere will always be the need for independencethere is never the confidence that one's projected oneself clearly (am I looking [...]
Wed, Dec 06 2006
384.5: VLog Revisited! Clearer?
Deaf in the City 384.5: VLog Revisited! Clearer?I tried out Blip.TV bec. my friend Brein over at Signcasts claims their formatting is better in terms of compression than YouTUBE. Pls share your opinion if you have a chance - thanks! Click To Play VLog'd my Sunday Morning Rant11/27/2006 [...]
Mon, Nov 27 2006
384: Sunday News and VLog Rant
Deaf in the City 384: Sunday News and VLog RantIt seems Ridor isn't the only one experiencing job discrimination - this gentleman in India is another sufferer. It seems the job market for Deaf people is just dwindling these days. I wrote to Erfo this morning:In a sense I do think it's okay to ask people questions about how they'd handle situations. But I do think this was [...]
Sun, Nov 26 2006
382: gallaudet, thanksgiving and the future
Deaf in the City 382: gallaudet, thanksgiving and the futureTomorrow will be Thanksgiving. I want to mention some things I'm grateful for, and talk a little about the future and some dreams I have.I'm thankful for my newborn niece Isabella and for the health of my tired sister! I'm thankful I live in a time where technology and unity have given us a powerful sense of connection, [...]
Thu, Nov 23 2006
381: ASL, LSF, and Native American sign languages
Deaf in the City 381: ASL, LSF, and Native American sign languagesNOTE: still in Ft. Lauderdale. Sister is having so many contractions she doesn't know what to do. I wrote this post yesterday on my blackberry while in the car at night and therefore incommunicado (someone needs to invent a deaf AND hearing-friendly light for the inside of a car. I'll be the first to buy. Enjoy my [...]
Tue, Nov 21 2006
379: Gallaudet Protest Succeeds: President-Select ...
Deaf in the City 379: Gallaudet Protest Succeeds: President-Select TerminatedThis post was put up on DailyKos. I'd appreciate any comments to improve it. I wanted to try to explain what I saw as clearly as possible to people who don't know the Deaf community.Sunday, October 29th will go down in history as the day the Gallaudet Board of Trustees terminated the President-Designate of [...]
Tue, Oct 31 2006
378: Don't Relax YetJane Fernandes has been fired ...
Deaf in the City 378: Don't Relax YetJane Fernandes has been fired by the Board of Trustees. But it's not over yet.A big part of the fight is over. Jane Fernandes has been asked to resign and Gallaudet has been spared an incompetent President. However, we have not won the war YET. We have just identified the current face of the problem and removed it. Our next step is to use our [...]
Mon, Oct 30 2006
377: This Is What Gally's PR Is Doing?A few days a...
Deaf in the City 377: This Is What Gally's PR Is Doing?A few days ago it was reported at the Washington Post that Gallaudet had retained a PR firm:Gallaudet retained Dickstein Shapiro , a Washington-based law and lobbying firm, to "educate" lawmakers about the situation on campus and lobby on appropriations issues."We want to make sure that people on the Hill understand the reality of [...]
Sun, Oct 29 2006
376: How to Oppress Deaf People, Part II
Deaf in the City 376: How to Oppress Deaf People, Part IIPlease read Allison Kaftan's excellent diary today on DeafDc. I want to echo her sentiments, and add some of mine:Five days ago 4,000 people marched on the Capitol in support of this protest. There has to be some kind of ending soon.We all are experiencing intense pain at the length and breadth of this protest. I cannot get past [...]
Fri, Oct 27 2006
375: When Bulldozers Attack: Mailbag Suggestions
Deaf in the City 375: When Bulldozers Attack: Mailbag SuggestionsProtestors Read This! I have been insanely busy. Right now fighting for accessibility on both sides in New York... it's not easy. So I'm doing 12 hour workdays, if not more. However, MANY people are e-mailing me and commenting on my diaries on Daily Kos showing support and suggestions. One reader e-mailed me today:Is it [...]
Thu, Oct 26 2006
374: Out of Context: How To Oppress Deaf People Pa...
Deaf in the City 374: Out of Context: How To Oppress Deaf People Part 1In my post about why the Gallaudet community is protesting, I talked about "gatekeepers" and how "gatekeepers" block the points of intersection between the Deaf community and other American communities. Today I want to talk about one method people use to talk about the larger Deaf community which helps to oppress [...]
Tue, Oct 24 2006
373: Gallaudet In Trouble: whose fault?
Deaf in the City 373: Gallaudet In Trouble: whose fault?In the latest twist at the Gallaudet protest - reportedly Jordan sent out the following memo which tries to blame the protest for problems with accreditation for the University:October 22, 2006MEMORANDUMTO: Members of the Campus CommunityFR: I. King JordanRE: Middle States Commission on Higher EducationAs most of you know, we [...]
Mon, Oct 23 2006
372: Monday Protest Tips
Deaf in the City 372: Monday Protest TipsUsually I look through the news for info about Deaf people but the news is full of Gallaudet today. I want to ask you a question. When you see an article that doesn't interview the GuFSSA side - that only talks to Fernandes - do you email the newspaper? Do you email the magazine? Are you contacting authors to point out they do not give a fair [...]
Mon, Oct 23 2006
371: new dailykos posting
Deaf in the City 371: new dailykos postingJust posted my 370 diary on DailyKos, with the following change:If a group of gay people protested that a gay leader was doing terribly, and the leader said, "They think I'm not gay enough," what would happen?If a group of black people protested that a black leader was going terribly, and the leader said, "They think I'm not black enough," [...]
Fri, Oct 20 2006
370: Why Is The Gallaudet Community Protesting?Why...
Deaf in the City 370: Why Is The Gallaudet Community Protesting?Why is the Gallaudet protest happening? Why has the entire University risen in arms? In Dr. Paddy Ladd's book, Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood, he explains that throughout the history of Deaf people, going back to, oh, the 1600's, there have always been institutions and places where a group of [...]
Fri, Oct 20 2006
369: My Response to Dr. Jane Fernandes
Deaf in the City 369: My Response to Dr. Jane FernandesElisa reports today on a meeting Faculty had with Jane Fernandes:When the faculty were informed Fernandes was ready, they all got together. MJ Bienvenu, a faculty member, told Fernandes that the purpose of the meeting was to let her know that 82% of the faculty wants her to resign and what she would do with this lack of support. [...]
Fri, Oct 20 2006
368: My Response to Dr. Jane Norman
Deaf in the City 368: My Response to Dr. Jane NormanDr. Norman posted an open letter on DeafDC.com today. This part of her letter made me think:My colleagues, work with Dr. Jane Fernandes in a peaceful, positive, productive non-sabotaging manner. Think of Deaf children throughout the world. Turning against one of our own is not going to help us. She is one of us. Whether you deny it [...]
Thu, Oct 19 2006
367: Protest History TwoMonday, October 16th, 2006...
Deaf in the City 367: Protest History TwoMonday, October 16th, 2006: Faculty and teachers at Gallaudet issued a vote of No Confidence in the Gallaudet administration. 138 (out of 168) voted they had no confidence in the administration. 76% of all eligible University faculty were present. This is a vote of 82%, compared with 64% back in May. Meanwhile, the protests continue, with more [...]
Thu, Oct 19 2006
BREAKING: Fernandes Threatens BOT with Fiduciary D...
Deaf in the City BREAKING: Fernandes Threatens BOT with Fiduciary Duties?!What are Fiduciary Duties? MishkaZena:notes that in the Washington Postthey report Fernandes will threaten the Board with a violation of their Fiduciary Duty. What are Fiduciary Duties? From Wikipedia:When a fiduciary duty is imposed, equity requires a stricter standard of behaviour than the comparable tortious [...]
Thu, Oct 19 2006
366: Monday Morning news opponents say that this ...
Deaf in the City 366: Monday Morning news & tea roundupMy History of the Gallaudet Protest, Part One seems to have gone over VERY well. It was crossposted at DailyKos a democratic site to raise awareness. As a result many Democrats are contibuting to and getting involved with GUFSSA. Do you know what? Not ONE person said it was wrong of students to protest. One of the more interesting [...]
Mon, Oct 16 2006
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