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CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR DEAF SURVIVORS

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Transcript of CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR DEAF SURVIVORS

ASL Community
Alexander Graham Bell
AUDISM
Foundation
Understand the History of Deaf People
Understand Deaf People's Wealth of Resources
Understand the value of Deaf People's "Unrecognized" support system
Understand
Oppression
Experienced
by Deaf people
Understand
What It Takes
to be an Ally
Bell was opposed
to Deaf teachers
because they would bring sign language to the schools.
Those who believe as I do,
that the
production of a
defective race of human beings would be a great calamity
to the world
, will examine
carefully the causes that
lead to the intermarriage of the deaf with the object of applying a remedy .
--Alexander Graham Bell
Another blow of Audism in 1975
PL 94-142- LRE LAW
Majority of Deaf people experienced AUDISM growing up with their hearing families
The Struggle Between Natural and Normal
linguicide
AG Bell's Atrocies
Required children with disabilities to
attend public school as least restrictive environment

Law created most restrictive environment for Deaf children

Isolation without critical mass of Deaf peers

Growing up without a strong foundation in English or ASL

No Deaf adult role models
PL 94-142 -
Least Restrictive
Environment,NOT
“We should try ourselves to
forget that they are deaf.
We should teach them to
forget that they are deaf”.
1) the chief architect and advocate of the oral/aural only exclusive method in Deaf education in the USA.
2) Banned ASL from the classroom.
3) Banned Deaf people the right to become teachers.
4) Prevented Deaf to Deaf Marriages.
5) Closed down Deaf publications, organizations and conventions.
6) Father of Deaf Eugenics to get rid of Deaf people
-ASL is visual-gestural language
-Its own syntax and grammar
-Three dimensional language
-Not linear like spoken language
-Many messages can be shared simultaneously
-ASL has its own visual rules

Results

ASL
CANNOT IGNORE WORK WITH
"Without a legitimately
recognized language,
there is no culture;

without a culture,
there is no self-identity;

without a self-identity,
you just go on trying to be
what others demand you to be."

Lou Fant

Founded in 1880, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.
ADWAS-- Founded in 1986
National Training 1998-2000
YOU ME CROSS MISS ME KNOW SORRY




DVAS.ORG
WE MUST HAVE JUST MISSED EACH OTHER.
I AM SORRY.

DVAS.ORG
The Deafhood Movement is parallel to the Feminist Movement
Deaf people evaluate and liberate themselves from Audism
DEAFHOOD IS A PROCESS OF SELF-LIBERATION
Deaf Women are at greater risk for fatality because of lack of resources, access, and audism

DeafHope

DEAF WOMEN WE LOST TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
AMBER BURROUGHS
KISHA SULLIVAN
CHRISTINE BRONK
TALLIE MARIE ANTOLIN
HEATHER VILLALBA
PRISCILLA VINCI
PENNY WILLIAMS
MORE STRIKES AGAINST DEAF SURVIVORS
Revictimized by audism in the system: police, courts, shelters, social workers, counseling, and community
Audism impacts survivors
“I am so exhausted from trying to teach the hearing system about my access rights that I cannot focus on taking care of myself. I feel like giving up”
Deaf survivor
Easier to stay
with abusive
Deaf partner


WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A HEARING ALLY?

Imagine a world without audism and violence

Unpack hearing privileges & internalized audism

Ask questions about hearing privileges & audism

Support language equality

Create different ways for accessible services

Equalize power balance between survivor and system

Work side by side with Deaf survivors and Deaf advocates with open minds and hearts

Understand "Nothing About Us Without Us"

Planting the Seeds of Empowerment
Deaf Domestic Violence
Agencies’ Values
Deaf survivor rediscovers her own power at a place in her own language, ASL, and Deaf culture context
Deaf Centered
Everyone is fluent in ASL
Stakeholders are Deaf community members
Culture model and Deaf role models

“When I first arrived at the Deaf agency, I sighed with relief because now I can just focus 100% on healing. No more misunderstandings and stress”

--Deaf Survivor
Deaf Survivor Centered Services
Services created by Deaf women who relied on their Deafhood and Womanhood instincts

Peer advocacy within Deaf culture & language context changes from "us vs them" to "we"

Access to training videos, websites, v/blogs
Deaf advocates visibility
Focus groups and community events
Social media
Community accountability

Growing Awareness in the Deaf Community

Interprets to manipulate when police is involved
Doesn’t allow children to use ASL with survivor
Makes children feel ashamed of Deaf Culture
Puts down ASL
Criticizes survivor’s speech and English skills
Excludes survivor from important conversations/ decisions

Examples of Abusing Hearing Privilege

Society Bias/Audism

Barriers

Power and Control Tactics

COMPOUNDING IMPACT BY ABUSER
Survivor’s Acts of Resistance
Network and Support

Autonomy

Safety Planning

Access
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