The Terlinguan OOOH A Conspiracy Theory:When the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing saw that a website like DeafRead could be used as a tool for a movement. They worried. When they saw what happened to Jane K. Fernandes. They fretted. When they saw the number of hits coming in on a daily basis. They began to sweat.Something must be done... So wh...
Sat, Jul 16 2011
Can you hear me now?
The Terlinguan First we kindly asked you to leave.You refused.Then we TOLD you to leave.You, again, refused.You were obnoxiously rude and profane.A fucking drunk!You're screaming and waking everyone up and calling them "Motherfuckers!" Woman, it is three in the morning and we're trying to get some sleep. Yea,...SLEEP not drunk. Capisce!BUT oh no no no,...you were looking for a fi...
Mon, Jul 11 2011
The Terlinguan A question for you, a question for me, a question for us all to see…For us all to see…see…see…Ah, so you don’t like the term audism and you don’t wish to see yourself associated with this "thing" called Deafhood?Well, then I reckon that should go on to tell me that you’ve pretty much settled for yourself what is most suiting for you and where you belong, thus there is...
Sat, Jul 02 2011
A Case Scenario
The Terlinguan Ben Fucht and his wife, Reeley, gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Shirley, on May 31, 1992. They were told by doctors that their daughter was born Deaf but that fact alone did not convince them, the parents, that something was seriously wrong with their child. Both Ben and Reeley were perfectly happy that their daughter was a healthy and joyful baby girl. Upon lea...
Fri, Jul 01 2011
The JOKE is on you.
The Terlinguan Ha! HA! Ha! HA!I can spit on your ASL. I can ignore your values.I can call you an imbecile.I can praise my abilities over your inabilities.I can simply discriminate your ass because you can't hear and I can. You can't speak and I can. You don't wear an aide and I do. You don't have a CI and I do. I can understand hearing people and you can't. We're with the righ...
Mon, Jun 27 2011
Hey AGBell, I want to go to college too!
The Terlinguan "Mom!...Dad!...I found a scholarship on the internet that will help us put me through college and it's sponsored by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing." Now, imagine the excitement Crystal and her parents felt when they discovered a specific scholarship that will help pay for college tuition and expenses for someone who is Deaf or h...
Sat, Jun 25 2011
A Question for MKM
The Terlinguan If you don't like what the Deaf community has to say about the choices you make/made for your Deaf child, you can easily walk away and maintain a "normal" life for you and your child. I mean, heck, you don't have to keep posting your blogs on Deaf centric websites whose target audience is the Deaf community itself.But, no, you choose to remain and in that you have ch...
Thu, Jun 23 2011
The Terlinguan I must be doing something right when a barrage of anonymous commentators decide to attack me and my blogposts that relate to Deaf children and their education. I mean, if I'm getting threats and statements that attempt hurt me, scare me, and belittle me, hell, I AM doing something right!You see, when I first had my blog go through the DeafRead aggregate, I would allo...
Tue, Jun 21 2011
Hey YOU! YES, YOU!
The Terlinguan No sir.No ma'am.You most certainly will not use my voice.You definitely will not corrupt my gift.Nope,...no-siree...naw....naw....naw....I'm not gonna let you manipulate the situation.Uh-uh,...like hell you will...I will not be bullied by you and your hearing world into thinking that I can be a tool for your benefit, for the sake of making communication easier for you...
Tue, May 24 2011
Taking out the Deaf Trash!
The Terlinguan I thought I'd take out some bits of Deaf Trash while we're talking about trash. I figured it would be a good way to get things cleaned up and put away. Trash #1: Sign Language is hazardous to your health and will get you killed by gangsters who think you're stacking. People who wear hoods and use sign language are risking their lives.Disposal: Stupid people are h...
Fri, May 06 2011
Deaf Comedy Jam
The Terlinguan Roberta stated:"When a hearing person approaches and talks to you, you smile and nod hoping she/he leaves you alone. I do that too."Jocelyn:"I do that alll the time...I fake a laugh too."Mikki:"I do the same thing unless I actually want to make a conversation, I would say get the paper or I walk off. *shrugs*"Jose:"Lmao!"Nikita: "I do it but not anymore.... Due to wh...
Tue, May 03 2011
We can't spell audism without u.
The Terlinguan Here is a long story short:When I introduced a hard of hearing woman by the name of Angela to my hearing friends, the first thing she asked them was:"Isn't it true that I speak better than DeafJeff? I mean, I have a hearing aid and he doesn't."My hearing friends couldn't understand her question so they asked her to repeat the question? After requesting that she repe...
Fri, Apr 22 2011
The Naysayer Defined
The Terlinguan The naysayer will never understand Deafhood until they see past wanting something they do not have or losing something they do have, be it speech or hearing. You see, the naysayer, for as long as they respect English more than any other language and as long as they view American Sign Language as just a communication option, they will not understand Deafhood. What to ...
Sun, Mar 27 2011
What is Diversity?
The Terlinguan Whoooo-EY!I couldn't help but roll my eyes when that guy told me it was all about diversity. He was saying that in order to understand diversity, you must be tolerant of others and their choices. Sure, I got that part just fine but the part I didn't get was: how in the world are we practicing diversity when we're force feeding Deaf children audio-centric values? I ...
Thu, Mar 03 2011
Join the National Association of the Deaf today!
The Terlinguan Why I am joining the NAD. You should to! Please go to www.nad.org and check out the many ways you and NAD can help each other.
Tue, Mar 01 2011
The Terlinguan The following blogpost is solely based on my thoughts, experiences and observations into the past and present. The purpose of this post is to prick you, the reader, into a sense of curiosity, which in the end as I do hope, may result in some serious interrogation to bring the facts to the surface. Not for me or for you but for everyone to see and so it goes to be sa...
Tue, Mar 01 2011
A Cup of Honesty
The Terlinguan Edward Miner Gallaudetb. February 5, 1837d. September 26, 1917"E.M. Gallaudet took the rostrum to denounce the widespread erroneous beliefs concerning the deaf: namely, all deaf children can learn speech; oral schools receive all pupils; the best oral results cannot be obtained where the sign language is employed; signs can be banished from schools for the deaf; orall...
Mon, Feb 28 2011
The Advocate and The Audist
The Terlinguan Please read the excerpt below and tell me what it tells you."Bell placed assimilation into the hearing world above the mental development and professional training of the deaf. 'If we have the mental condition of the child alone in view, without reference to language, no language will reach the mind like the language of signs.' But that could not be the main view be...
Sun, Feb 27 2011
Convo Relay understands Deaf culture.
The Terlinguan PAH!Here is a big kudos to Convo Relay for understanding Deaf Culture and taking a stand on behalf of it. Convo Relay is truly exhibiting a strong "of, for and by the Deaf" attitude which is certainly going to strengthen itself as a business because it will garner loyal and faithful customers who appreciate a business that puts them, the customer, first. Check it ...
Fri, Feb 25 2011
Pride and Denial : Serial Killers
The Terlinguan Frances spoke alright. She could even hear a little and lipread some. With this, it was determined that she should be mainstreamed all the way through high school. She was an average student that made good marks on tests yet was always behind in her school work. Her social life was uneventful and limited because she could never really keep up with the chatter of the...
Sat, Feb 19 2011
The Vanity of a Voice
The Terlinguan You see a 23 year old young man, Jackson, introduce his girlfriend to his grandmother who is celebrating her 85th birthday. He attempts to articulate and fingerspell her name but stops in the middle of his effort and runs off searching for something. He returns from his truck with a notepad and a pencil."Grandmother, This is my girlfriend Liliana."Grandmother takes ...
Sun, Feb 13 2011
What is an "Oral Success"?
The Terlinguan Jimmy was considered an oral success. He said all his words and sounds the right way. He never had to repeat himself except when he didn't understand what was being said to him. His parents were so proud of him and his speaking ability that they bragged about him to friends all over the world. Jimmy can mimic sounds and imitate people. He is just a really darn go...
Mon, Feb 07 2011
Terlingua Tales: Two Jeffs and a Mean Old Bastard
The Terlinguan One morning, Old Man Ken wakes up at sunrise, takes a step out the front door and sees a drunk, by the name of Hearing Jeff, sleepin' in a truck that was conveniently parked in his front yard. He rapidly shakes his head left and right, goes back inside briefly, and returns with his tennis shoes on. He quickly walks towards the demon red truck and bangs on the window...
Wed, Jan 26 2011
Childish Games and Silly Names
The Terlinguan You all are quite a hilarious lot. I take 3 or 4 week breaks at a time and I come back and what do I see?...Good Lord Sweet Jesus,...You fools are still bickering about this and that which amount to absolutely nothing but power trips and brownie points. You gotta drag in names and you gotta point fingers and you gotta use silverware. Hell! Get the tar and feathers...
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