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CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR DEAF SURVIVORS
Transcript of CREATING A SAFE SPACE FOR DEAF SURVIVORS
Alexander Graham Bell
Understand the History of Deaf People
Understand Deaf People's Wealth of Resources
Understand the value of Deaf People's "Unrecognized" support system
by Deaf people
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,
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
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 -
“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
CANNOT IGNORE WORK WITH
"Without a legitimately
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."
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
WE MUST HAVE JUST MISSED EACH OTHER.
I AM SORRY.
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
DEAF WOMEN WE LOST TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
TALLIE MARIE ANTOLIN
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”
Easier to stay
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
Deaf survivor rediscovers her own power at a place in her own language, ASL, and Deaf culture context
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 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
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
Power and Control Tactics
COMPOUNDING IMPACT BY ABUSER
Survivor’s Acts of Resistance
Network and Support