Saturday, April 04, 2009

Evidence of Audism Behavior from AGB and Ways to Combat Audism


This vlog focuses on the evidence of audism behavior by AGBell and how we all have agreed to stop audism but may have different ideas to do it. It is so important to recognize that there is no one right way to do it as it requires multi-approaches to combat audism.

The past and recent actions of AG Bell who pressured the media about not showing sign language in TV is an obvious case of audism even linguicism as they feared that exposing sign language will prevent Deaf children from obtaining speech skills. We know better now what they said was a myth that more and more bilingual programs are found to be beneficial for all Deaf children including those who wear cochlear implant that they are able to master in both languages. There are findings that kids who are bilingual have higher cognitive scores and that use of signs are proven for hearing babies to have higher I.Q. scores.

Also that there are more research articles proving that there is no empirical evidence that using signs will harm English development (literacy and speech). The telegram from AG Bell to NBC back in 1966 said:

"Continuing to display sign language on nationwide TV destroys the efforts of thousands of parents of deaf children and teachers of the deaf who are trying to teach deaf children to speak."

Thanks to Amy Cohen Efron from her blog as you can click here to see the documents.

The recent letter to Pepsi is more of labeling those who use sign language are "isolated" from the rest of society.

See quote:

"Your advertisement perpetuates a common myth that all people who are deaf can only communicate using sign language and are, therefore, isolated from the rest of society."

For more information, click here.

The Deaf community deserves to "hear" AG Bell's apology for their audism behavior not only because of these letters but for not sharing the truth how there were many Oral survivors being affected by AG Bell's ideology. They just bury and hide these stories as they don't tell the parents the whole truth. We are not going to take it anymore. Enough is enough!

In the end of the vlog, the topic was to recognize that we all share a common goal which is to combat audism but there are different perspectives on how to do it. I strongly believe that it will be much more effective if we support in unity that we recognize that any ways whether there are groups or individuals going out there to campaign the social awareness of audism or going out there to educate the public about ASL, there is no ONE way to do it.

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