A vlog/blog proposal to move forward in the 21st Century of Information Age making more accessible to parents of deaf children and professionals working with deaf children by posting vlogs/blogs to generate thorough discussions and to gain holistic understanding when raising deaf children.
Carl Schroeder triggered my brain cells in a scrambling motion when pleading us to propose our visions that can be shared during the upcoming Vlogging-Blogging Future Gallaudet. When I asked myself what really makes the future of Gallaudet, it is the deaf children indeed. Based on my 15 years of teaching experience with deaf children and raising two deaf children, I see the need of organization where parents and educators are able to share and discuss issues on a blog center page. In my first ASL presented vlog, I would like to share what I have thought about a mission along with two visions.
MISSION: To serve as a blog center where individuals who are concerned about raising deaf children have the privilege to be exposed to a variety of blogs/vlogs relating to, but not limited to, education, ASL, social needs, identity, deafhood, audism and experiences shared by deaf and hearing (CODAs, parents of deaf children) individuals.
How? Using a specifically designed blog page offered by Gallaudet that will reach out deaf children, parents of deaf children and professionals working with deaf children. Using the model of deafread.com, there will be human editors to post blogs using RSS subscriptions also related entries derived from deafread.com.
Who can post blogs? Parents of deaf children, professionals such as teachers, professors and deaf role models who can share their experiences and help eradicate the myths. It would be nice to have all schools for the deaf to have their own vlog/blog to post in this center. So oftenly these parents may be in the dark unintentionally hindering their deaf child(ren)'s opportunity for social and emotional growth or that deaf children lack the direct contact or interaction with deaf individuals.
Vision #1: Synthesize global deaf organizations and schools (of, by and for) concerning deaf children on a blog center page. When surfing for information on varied sites concerning deaf children, I found plenty of sites that should have been collaborated on one page showing the links that will benefit parents and educators. Take Raising Deaf Kids, for instance. There is a variety of worthy articles shared by deaf individuals when growing up and by parents raising their deaf children but the website is so limited that it funnels the channel of communication into one-way street. There is no exchange of dialogue such as discussing, analyzing views, sharing new ideas, and so forth.
Imagine that there is a newly created blog center allowing deaf individuals, hearing and deaf parents of deaf children, professionals working with deaf children, etc. to share their postings where interested readers can swap their perspectives by making comments or even discuss in a special forum focusing on a selected topic of the week. We should encourage the birth of these kind of blogs where parents can get acquainted with deaf individuals and have opportunities to get ideas and feedback by deaf bloggers/vloggers like us. I have witnessed many excellent blogs posted in Deafread.com that provide significant information for these type of readers about raising deaf children. Suppose we transfer these relevant vlogs/blogs to a particular blog center, there will be more targeted readers who will be affected.
Vision #2: Gallaudet can post updates on research information about the benefits of bilingual-bicultural approach to gain more awareness among parents of deaf children.
Research information is where parents need to find by making one easy click. It becomes confusing and frustrating when parents have to hunt for this kind of information at different places. I found a wonderful page called Signs of Literacy created from Gallaudet introducing researchers and their works but to get this information I had to fish for it. It took me several squints and clicks to get there. It makes me wonder how many parents have this ability to find their way through this perplexing maze.
If we are spearheading the bi-bi programs as a part of the future of Gallaudet, it becomes more realistic if an array of information can be easily accessible on just one particular blog center page. Even a variety of taped demonstrations among schools for the deaf practicing bi-bi can share their vlogs showing visual examples and growth in language development among deaf children. Right now, to find this kind of information is like going through a jungle trying to find the right sources. We have this advanced yet inexpensive tool that allows us to produce vlogs to get our invaluable messages across to remote families of deaf children and deaf children themselves.
There is no reason today that one should not know about ASL, that one should not know about deaf culture, and that one should not have to wait to college to discover their identity. This is the 21st Century for crying out loud! We just got to make a good use out of this innovative tool of communication to reach out so now it is the time.
I know there is a lot more we can do to get significant, powerful messages across to this type of group of readers/viewers. I am also aware that there will be concerns and criticisms about this idea but at least we just got to try. I am already thinking about the URL address for this envisioned blog center. Perhaps something like DeafChildrenFirst or DeafChildrenUnited. I would appreciate your feedback and thoughts on this mission. Thank you!