Monday, April 30, 2007

Family Matters: DH #4

Barb DiGi elaborated on the role of deaf girls in the schools for the deaf. How was it different for both genders when it came to communication expectations? Also what were the expectations in the secondary school curriculum for the deaf girls back then? Pictures as far back as 1908 were shared in the video clip. The information was obtained from Deaf History Conference at Gallaudet University and the researcher was Jessica Lee, a PhD student from University of Colorado.

The video is 6:37 minutes long.

Please refer to David Evans's journal to read more about it.

Youtube link will be posted soon.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Leave the L in Liberty but with Limits

I am using the L sign to express in ASL poetry about the recent discussion on negative commenters and freedom of speech. About one minute long.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

What an Oppressive Experience for Deaf Women! DH #3

4:46 minutes long. Obtaining information from Deaf History conference 2007 at Gallaudet and researcher, Lindsey Parker, Barb DiGi explains the myth about first deaf women admitting National Deaf Mute College in 1887 as previously thought. It was discovered that the first group of deaf women actually enrolled in 1864 but was eventually denied enrollment under Edward Miner Gallaudet's administration. See what several deaf women had talked about on the "Presentation Day" of commencement.

Please click on David Evans' journal to read about it.

Please click on Youtube as a back-up video.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Controversies of the Statue: DH #2

Obtaining information from Deaf History conference 2007 at Gallaudet and researcher, Michael Olson,Barb DiGi explains about the controversies that the deaf community had faced when planning on the statue of Thomas H. Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell. Some surprising facts that you may find it interesting how the deaf community back then was not much of a difference today. Please click on David Evans's journal to read more about it. 14:50 minutes long. For back up video view click on Google

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Why should parents pay?

The video is 1:54 minutes long. If you are unable to view the video, click the youtube link

Anger over sign language charges

Alex has started to pick up words through sign language. A Harrogate family say they are angry that they have to pay for sign language lessons to enable them to communicate with their two-year-old son.

Debby Wood and her daughter Natalie have been taking sign language lessons at Harrogate College to help them talk to son Alex, who was born deaf.

But each class costs £5 per person, which the family say is prohibitive.

(NOTE: it is equal to approximately $10 in U.S. money)

Harrogate College, the Department of Education and Skills, and the Learning and Skills Council declined to comment.

In some areas of the country, the fees for courses in sign language and lip reading are absorbed by colleges or subsidised by the local authority, but in Harrogate they are not.

'Should be free'

The family said they could not afford for all of them to attend the classes.

Mrs. Wood said: "I think it is terrible, at the time it really upset me because all I want to do is talk to my son through sign, and here I am not being able to afford it."

Father Ian Wood said: "Ideally I would love to attend the course, but the cost of the course is quite prohibitive and we are getting no assistance.

"Considering the fact that it is a life skill, it is quite ridiculous that we have to pay for this - it should be free."

Correction: The family's name is Wood,

Alice Cogswell's forgotten teacher-DH #1

The video is 6:36 minutes long. Barb DiGi shares the educational background of Alice Cogswell before she met Thomas H. Gallaudet. Barb attended the Deaf History Conference at Gallaudet and gathered fascinating facts that changed the whole picture of Alice Cogswell who was once thought to have little or no ability to read and write before meeting Gallaudet. The researchers involved were Los Bragg and Diana Gates of Gallaudet University. Please refer to David Evans's journal to read more about it.
Please note that Lydia Sigourney started her teaching career at the age 16 but was 23 years old when she had Alice Cogswell. Also Alice Cogswell died in the year of 1830, not at the same time as Thomas H. Gallaudet died.
If you are unable to view the video, click on this youtube link.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Is Deaf Child Area Sign Effective?

Barb DiGi opens with a joke then discusses the Wisconsin State Journal article about the city council not giving in the request immediately by a hearing mother of a deaf child about having the sign "Deaf Child Area" erected in the street. How effective are these signs really? Update to comments: Thanks J Womick for the link! Glad you enjoyed the joke everybody! Although I have two deaf children, I don't fight for having this such sign on my street since having stop signs are much more effective.



April 18, 2007

SUN PRAIRIE - When Cary Murphy asked the city of Sun Prairie a couple of weeks ago to put up a traffic sign for her deaf daughter, she had no idea it would set off such a controversy. But that's what happened when city officials said they wanted to consider her request rather than simply put up a sign. The resulting tempest has put both Murphy and Mayor Joe Chase in the spotlight in a way neither anticipated.

"I don't have a clue about any of this stuff," Murphy said. "I'm a 24-year-old kid with three kids."

Murphy is the mother of Natiya Ballard, who turns 1 today. She's also the mother of Malakai Murphy, 4, and 1-month-old Dezirae Murphy. Cary Murphy, who is looking for a job, was born in Portage but has lived in Sun Prairie on and off since 1991 and considers the city her hometown.

Natiya was born deaf, Murphy said. In all other respects, she said, Natiya is a "typical 1 year old" who has been walking for about a month and a half, though she's "not real sturdy" yet.

When Murphy asked the city to put up a "deaf child' sign near her house at 301 Sweet Grass Drive, officials hesitated because they wanted to review their procedures in such a case and because they knew traffic experts believe such signs aren't always effective.

Chase said he would have ordered a sign if he thought the situation was urgent.

"I didn't take any immediate action on it because it was not an emergency," he said. "In the event of an emergency, I would have made a decision right away."

Instead, Chase decided to let city staff and the City Council take a look at the question.

And that's where area media came in. Murphy's story has appeared on local TV news broadcasts and it has been fodder for radio talk shows. Casey Hoff, who has talked about Murphy's quandary on his show on WTDY-AM (1670), plans to broadcast from Murphy's front yard this morning.

The resulting spotlight has flummoxed both Murphy and Chase.

"I really just wish they would just put up this stupid sign and let it go away," Murphy said.

"It's an emotional issue, and if we offer rational information to the public, they consider us to be irrational by not taking an immediate stance on this," Chase said.

Part of what's making Chase pause is what traffic experts say. Such signs cause drivers to slow down in the short term, said Matt Rauch, a signing engineer with the state Department of Transportation. But "over time, motorists will tend to ignore the sign and, as a result, the sign will lose its effectiveness," he said.

The worry is that such signs "would send a false sense of security to parents and the children that motorists are going to watch out for them when there's a likelihood they won't watch out for them," Rauch said.

The solution, he said, could be for police to enforce speed limits or to increase visibility by removing obstructions, such as vegetation or parked vehicles.

The Sun Prairie Police Department began measuring the speed of traffic on Sweet Grass Drive on Monday morning. The results won't be available until after the study is finished Friday, said Rem Brandt, a police spokesman.

Meanwhile, the City Council is looking into the matter. The council's Public Works Committee held a hearing on April 11, where about 20 people - including Murphy - spoke, both for and against the city's stance.

"I choked because I didn't know what to say," Murphy said.

The council will consider the question next, though it has yet to be scheduled. Chase said he expects that will happen soon.

"What's rational, what would be prudent in this particular case is if we set up a policy where we make sure it's a good policy in the future," Chase said.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Surprises, Surprises and Surprises in Deaf History Conference at Gallaudet

Barb DiGi describes what turned out to be full of surprises when attending the Deaf History conference at Gallaudet. It is a preview to see what future topics will be shared about fascinating discoveries in a variety of areas such as educational background of Alice Cogswell, the history of enrollment of women in Gallaudet, Laura Redden Searing's startling friendship with an assassin, the Miller vs. Board of Education playing a role in the influence of the decision of Brown vs. Board of Education, Douglas Craig, an African-American who was a beloved man working for Gallaudet with heart for so many years, the controversy about the statue of Thomas H. Gallaudet and Alice, and many more.

I forgot to add that there were other topics as well. The evolution of Deaf Theater, the deaf double-conscious of John Carlin, the dedicated work of Andrew Foster, the confrontation from the audience to I. King Jordan about labeling the protestors absolutism and to a PBS representative during the Through Deaf Eyes panel discussion about not looking down the Deaf. It will be mentioned in one video clip at a time in the future :-)

Many thanks to you b/vloggers for the inspiration leading me to attend the Deaf History Conference and for the support from RSD making it possible for my trip.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What Can Be Better?

A moment of humor when discovering a doggie treat bag that says much about this concept for the deaf community.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

There is not only a D in Deaf but in Diverse

Continued from Ask NAD President to resign for WHAT? vlog, I would like to share what I have discovered relating to the use of hearing loss by NAD and how NAD describes subgroups of the deaf. Also I would like to mention about Bobbie Beth Scoggin's outstanding qualitifications as a president not only because she is a woman or she is a deaf of deaf or whatever but because she has this dynamic energy and effort to promote unity among deaf community members as evident in publications and NAD magazines.

As mentioned about how Bobbie Beth Scoggins responded to questions by hearing parents or individuals who became deaf in the PBS interview , I don't think anyone could have done a better job. Although she did mention the word hearing loss, it was used to describe, (like what Teri Sentelle said) not necessarily to label, a deaf person. Take this for example: I lost most of my hearing in my left ear and some in my right in Desert Storm and have learned ASL because of this. It came from a hearing person who all of sudden lost, yes lost, his hearing. We just need to realize that the term hearing loss and hearing disabilities apply to these kind of individuals and to describe their status. It doesn't necessarily mean it applies to all of us deaf people.

From NAD website:

Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins graduated from Texas School for the Deaf, attended Gallaudet then transferred to California State University at Northridge for her Masters and obtained her doctoral degree at Pepperdine University. She served as administrator of a drug and alcohol recovery center before relocating to become the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Bobbie Beth Scoggins resides in Frankfort, Kentucky where she is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Scoggins attended Pepperdine University where she received a Doctor of Education degree in Institutional Management. She earned a Masters in Administration and Supervision and a BA in Psychology at California State University at Northridge.

Dr. Scoggins served as President of the USA Deaf Sports Federation from 1998 to 2005 and is admired nationwide for her career as an actress. Along with her business success, she has been recognized by many professional and philanthropic organizations for her achievements. She has received many awards from organizations for which she served, but one of her most recent accomplishments was to carry the Olympic flame representing the deaf and hard of hearing community for the 2004 Olympic Games. She served as NAD Region II representative before her election to NAD President in 2006.

So come on, give her a huge credit for her incredible dedication! If you still don't find this satisfying for a leader, then I don't know what is. For her to be a deaf of deaf welcoming deaf because he or she is a deaf of deaf is ridiculous and way out of line. I know for a fact that she interacts with deaf of hearing, oralists, and what-nots. For a leader to exclude someone because of that person's different background, I frankly don't think NAD will tolerate this in a leader. We just need to stop with this bashing mentality. Bobbie Beth Scoggins is indeed an eloquent leader and deserves to be respected.

As for diversity issues relating to how NAD should describe a particular individual in a deaf community, please check out LaRonda's blog :

We are such a diverse “deaf community.”



Deaf Mute

hard of hearing

pre-lingually deaf

post-lingually deaf

“early” late-deafened

late-deafened adults

deafened suddenly

people with progressive hearing loss

adults with age-related hearing loss

deaf with Usher’s Syndrome


deaf with special needs

CI Users

Oral deaf

ASL users

Cued Speech users

SEE users

Deaf of Deaf families

Deaf of Hearing families

Deaf with Deaf children

Deaf with Hearing children

attendees/graduates of deaf residential schools

attendees/graduates of mainstream schools

attendees/graduates of oral school programs

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Ask NAD President to resign for WHAT?

This is a response to Aidan Mack about her statement on current NAD President, Bobbie Beth Scoggins, in her recent vlog.

Barb DiGi shares her point of view on ways to approach when inquiring about a subject rather than attacking a President. In addition, she traces how deaf people perceived the idea for a deaf female NAD President holding office back to the post-World-War I era. Thomas O. Gray who wrote the article, "Windy City Observations" in Silent Worker dated 1926, stated his thoughts about having a female NAD president also another writer known as "Dixie" from The Journal offered a contrasting view.

Please note: Libby Pollard was also a female NAD president who did an outstanding job as well. Sorry, didn't mean to exclude her in my Vlog.

Female NAD President TimeLine:

Gertrude S. Galloway: 1980-1982

Roslyn Rosen: 1990-1993

Elizabeth R. Pollard: 1998-2002

Bobbie Beth Scoggins: 2006-