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Jun 5 / admin

Deafhood Foundation’s Letter to CEASD on Oral Option Schools

Download: Letter to CEASD [PDF]

May 30, 2014

CEASD, Inc.
P.O. Box 1778
St. Augustine, Florida 32085-1776

Dear CEASD Board and Members,

The Deafhood Foundation believes the proposed partnership between CEASD and OPTION Schools (oral/aural) is ill-advised, an extreme move counter to CEASD’s mission, will harm Deaf children and it will perpetuate the cycle of denying economic and social justice for Deaf people. We believe that a partnership with OPTION Schools contradicts CEASD’s goals and detracts from CEASD’s vision of shaping educational policy and practice to ensure that all Deaf students achieve successful outcomes and are valued and fully participating members of society, including the global Deaf communities.

The Deafhood Foundation requests CEASD and its members to reconsider this partnership idea. Based on research and first hand experience, the Deafhood Foundation believes successful outcomes for all Deaf children must include the following:

  • High family involvement to learn and use ASL in the home immediately after the child is identified as Deaf so the child can produce higher language outcomes and healthy family relationships.
  • Bilingualism and bi-literacy, in at least ASL and English (reading and writing) and American Deaf culture and other cultures surrounding Deaf people, so Deaf children can achieve linguistic and educational benefits of learning both (and other) languages and learning about their cultures.
  • Recognize and raise awareness that being Deaf is not a medical event and that the optimal resolution is for society to respect and involve Deaf people as a diverse part of humanity.
  • Recognize the importance of Deaf-space audism-free, empowered classrooms that includes Bilingual (ASL/English literacy), Deaf Culture, Deaf role models, Deaf studies, Deaf history and arts, and use the reframing approach of Deaf-gain instead of hearing loss. This type of educational system strengthens and nurtures the Deaf children and parents.

It is important for the community to be aware that the Oberkotter Foundation has supported over 50 oral/aural schools for more than 20 years. However, Oberkotter Foundation altered their funding priorities to include birth-to-three years old early intervention programs by educating babies early in oral/aural methods. When the child becomes three years old, the OPTION Schools then present the parents with choices and parents usually prefer their child to remain “hearing-like/oral,” in spite of the research that indicates that the oral method is not a successful method of Deaf children learning.

This change is where OPTION Schools face new challenges. Public schools are now hiring their own Deaf/HH preschool teachers who use oral/aural method, theory, and philosophy. This has an affect on OPTION Schools’ enrollments and funding. To counter this problem, the OPTION Schools are now turning to Deaf schools, which are usually funded by the government, to become their partners.

In government funded Deaf schools, three-year-old preschool students enroll in Bilingual (ASL/English literacy) programs; however, some parents and OPTION Schools’ people are pushing these schools to provide auditory-oral methods. OPTION Schools claim that the Bilingual (ASL/English literacy) approach in the Deaf government schools cannot successfully teach Deaf children because these schools do not have Listening and Spoken Language/Auditory Verbal Therapy (LSL/AVT) licenses or that they cannot speak English clearly. Therefore, the Bilingual (ASL/English literacy) schools are strongly being encouraged to hire LSL/AVT licensed teachers and eventually eliminate Deaf teachers and Deaf staff and their bi-lingual programs. The moral metaphor is that OPTION Schools have been firing blanks at ASL and with the agreement in place; CEASD is giving them the bullets to finally kill ASL and successful Deaf students.

It is no longer justifiable and a grave injustice to continue advocating for auditory-oral approaches because history and research have identified tragic byproducts of language and cultural delays in too many Deaf children as the result of exclusionary clinical practices of programs or organizations with the mentality of OPTION Schools. CEASD partnering with OPTION Schools is a serious contradiction of what research has shown as an effective educational approach and CEASD’s mission. This partnership will likely repeat the infamous Milan incident of 1880 that divided Deaf education, the history and the lives of Deaf people.

Therefore, we believe that CEASD’s partnership with OPTION Schools is morally and ethically wrong.

We strongly urge CEASD to not partner with OPTION Schools, and instead request that OPTION Schools apologize for the harm that they have caused, discontinue their practice of using auditory- oral approaches, and adopt an ASL-English bilingual-bicultural philosophy for the welfare of all Deaf children.

Through a partnership with OPTION Schools, does CEASD want the responsibility of the second wave of the Milan Conference?

Sincerely,
Marilyn Jean Smith, Organizing Chair

CC: Paddy Ladd, Ella Mae Lentz, Ritchie R. Bryant, Melvin Patterson, Terri Waddell-Motter, Kevin Clark,  Timothy B. Riker, Raja Rajeshwari, Judy Gough, Mel Carter, Butch Zein, Marvin Miller and the Deaf community

 

May 10 / admin

Deafhood Foundation 2013 Annual Report in ASL & English

We have also made English version of the 2013 Annual Report available to download in PDF format. In the print version, the financial report is also included.

2013 Annual Report Picture

 

 

 

 

Download: Deafhood Foundation Annual Report 2013

Apr 7 / admin

Presentation on Language Deprivation Risks Now Available Online!

 

 

Hosted by the American Sign Language Studies program at the Center for Language Studies and the Program for Liberal Medical Education.

Description:
The single greatest risk faced by Deaf people is inadequate exposure to a usable first language. Dr. Gulati will review recent research which validates the anatomical basis and time course of the critical period for first language acquisition, and which shows the risks to the development of empathic abilities among children who are language-deprived.

About the Lecture:
Sanjay Gulati, M.D. is a Deaf child and adolescent psychiatrist who works at the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service at Cambridge Hospital and the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program at Children’s Hospital, Boston. He consults to a variety of Deaf-related programs. His primary area of research interest is the effects of language deprivation. He is co-editor of “Mental Health Care for Deaf People” (Erlbaum, 2003) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Accessibility:
The lecture will be ASL interpreted and CART services will be provided. Friedman Auditorium is ADA accessible.

Contact: For more information, contact ASL@brown.edu.

Dec 18 / admin

Video of Paddy Ladd’s Deafhood Pedagogies presentation now available!

The video of live streamed event on Deafhood Pedagogies presented by Dr. Paddy Ladd hosted by Deafhood Foundation and California School for the Deaf Fremont last October is now available for your viewing pleasure!

Video of the panel discussion also available below.

Oct 31 / admin

Deafhood Foundation Awards Two Grants of $2,500 each to Clerc’s Children and Deaf Spotlight

 

October 31, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Marvin Miller, Marketing & Public Relations Chair
marvmiller@deafhoodfoundation.org

CALIFORNIA — Deafhood Foundation has split the $5,000 grant to two strong grant recipients: Clerc’s Children and Deaf Spotlight.

Clerc’s Children will release an app in early spring of 2014 made possible by Deafhood Foundation’s grant on www.clercschildren.com. Clerc’s Children is an e-learning website with emphasis on dual language development targeting Deaf, KODA and hearing infants and toddlers, ages 0-5, and their parents.”Clerc’s Children is honored to receive this grant from Deafhood Foundation,” said Terrylene Sacchetti, founder of Clerc’s Children. “Finally, a foundation who understands and values the great need for bilingual e-learning exposure among young children, Deaf and KODA. We are thankful for this grant and are excited to be producing the app that we believe will empower young children to develop bilingual skills.”

The other $2,500 goes to a well-respected Deaf art organization showcasing creative works of, by and for Deaf community through cinema, literature, visual arts and performing arts in Seattle, Washington. The grant will allow Deaf Spotlight to produce three Epic Jams and three workshops to benefit the Deaf community and allies to experience pure ASL. Their web site can be found at www.deafspotlight.com.

“Deaf Spotlight is thrilled to receive this award from the Deafhood Foundation. Our Epic Jam series celebrate American Sign Language in its purest forms, poetry and storytelling, via masters in the language. Seattle audiences have been gratifyingly supportive of Deaf Spotlight and Epic Jam, and we look forward to continuing this series,” said Rob Roth, Board Chair.

Next year grant award will include the $3,000 donation by Facundo Element from their Walk for ASL event, and this donation will be added to the $5,000 grant amount for a total of $8,000 grant award available for 2014. The $3,000 award will be restricted to ASL-related grant award.

“We deeply appreciate the future-thinking on Facundo Element’s part for making this grant award related to ASL possible for 2014 and we’re excited to see the possibilities that the Deaf community can come up with,” said Marilyn Jean Smith, Organizing Chair.

Mel Carter is now the new Grants Chair for the Foundation, and he will be facilitating the grant process for 2014 and beyond.

The foundation is focused on social and economic justice for all Deaf people and envisions a future where audism and other forms of -isms are fully recognized and steps are taken towards to ending them once for all.

The Deafhood Foundation is a non-profit community foundation incorporated in the state of California with 501(c)3 tax exempt status. Tax identification number 26-2603125. Our mailing address is 249 W. Jackson St. #303, Hayward, CA 94544-1811.

Websites mentioned in the news release:
www.clercschildren.com
www.deafspotlight.org
www.deafhoodfoundation.org

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Oct 22 / admin

Changes Bring New Energy into Deafhood Foundation Board

October 20, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Marvin Miller, Marketing & Public Relations Chair
marvmiller@deafhoodfoundation.org

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — Deafhood Foundation board elected Marilyn Jean Smith as Organizing Chair at its recent bi-annual board meeting that took place in Oakland, California. The board also elected Marvin Miller as Marketing & Public Relations Chair. These elections took place after previous chairs ended their terms.

“This is such an honor and privilege to serve the Foundation, and I’m thrilled to be working with an awesome group of Deaf people dedicated to social and economic justice for all Deaf people,” said Marilyn Jean Smith, Organizing Chair. Smith is well known for her role in founding Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services (ADWAS) and successfully raising funds to build transitional housing for abused Deaf women in Seattle, Washington.

Butch Zein served over 6 years as Foundation’s Organizing Chair, and his term ended recently. Zein will remain on the board.

“I loved serving the board these past 6 years. The journey was so positive in many ways for the board and for myself, ” said Butch Zein, outgoing Organizing Chair.

The Foundation grew from nothing to over $80,000 in its funds under Zein’s term and accomplished a long and critical list of goals.

Marvin Miller is replacing Kathy Say who was with the Foundation from the beginning as well, and Say played a critical role in encouraging the Foundation transform from an idea into reality. Kathy Say is leaving the board after 7 years of service, and she is currently employed at Purple Communications.

“The board thanks both Butch and Kathy for their valuable service, and we will miss Kathy as she moves on to new endeavors.” said Marilyn Jean Smith, Organizing Chair.

Honorary board member, Dr. Paddy Ladd joined the board meeting for the first time as a part of his recent Western USA presentation tour on his upcoming book, “Deafhood Pedagogies”. The board loved having him and appreciated his words of wisdom.

Mel Carter will assume the Grants Chair position from Marvin Miller, and the Foundation will be making an announcement on its grant award for this year shortly.

The board recently saw addition of five new people last spring, and they are: Ritchie Bryant, Melvin Patterson, Raja Rajeshwari, Timothy Riker, and Terri Waddell-Motter. You can meet these new board members at:

http://deafhoodfoundation.org/vlog/2013/04/newboardintro/

 The foundation is focused on social and economic justice for all Deaf people and envisions a future where audism and other forms of -isms are fully recognized and steps are taken towards to ending them once for all.

The Deafhood Foundation is a non-profit community foundation incorporated in the state of California with 501(c)3 tax exempt status. Tax identification number 26-2603125. Our mailing address is 249 W. Jackson St. #303, Hayward, CA 94544-1811.

2013 Deafhood Foundation Board from top row left: Raja Rajeshwari, Timothy Riker, Butch Zein, Kevin Clark, Marilyn Jean Smith, Ritchie Bryant, Marvin Miller and Mel Carter. Seated from left:  Melvin Patterson, Terri Waddell-Motter, Paddy Ladd, Judy Gough and Ella Mae Lentz.

2013 Deafhood Foundation Board from top row left: Raja Rajeshwari, Timothy Riker, Butch Zein, Kevin Clark, Marilyn Jean Smith, Ritchie Bryant, Marvin Miller and Mel Carter. Seated from left: Melvin Patterson, Terri Waddell-Motter, Paddy Ladd, Judy Gough and Ella Mae Lentz.

Oct 17 / admin

Deafhood Monologues coming to Washington, DC this October 24 & 26!

The Deafhood Monologues is coming to Gallaudet!

The Deafhood Monologues is an episodic play of Deaf experiences, chronicles and reflections delivered through poetry, stories, and presentations in American Sign Language. Inspired by “Understanding Deaf Culture: In search of Deafhood” and “The Vagina Monologues”. Created by Ella Mae Lentz and produced by Deafhood Foundation.

Buy your tickets today.

The Deafhood Monologues is coming to Gallaudet University in Washington, DC on Thursday October 24 and Saturday, October 26, 2013! Both showtimes are at 7:30 pm. Buy your tickets ASAP! Buy online today.To buy tickets and for more information, click:

Deafhood Monologues web site: http://www.deafhoodmonologues.com/TDM/DC.html
And much gratitude to those sponsors:
ASL Presents
Gallaudet University Department of ASL and Deaf Studies
Oct 8 / admin

Deafhood Pedagogies Live Streamed!

Watch Paddy Ladd LIVE! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm PST, 9:30 pm EST

Internationally known Author and lecturer, Dr. Paddy Ladd will present on his most recent research and upcoming book on best practices in classrooms for the Deaf. Dr. Ladd has been identifying teaching methods and approaches that work and have proven success for the Deaf child in all areas of development. Dr. Ladd has written extensively on Deaf education and coined the term, “Deafhood”.

Event hosted at Klopping Theatre, California School for the Deaf

39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont, CA. Free admission!

See it live at  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/deafhood-pedagogies

Download the PDF:

PDF Deaf Pedagogies

Jul 2 / admin

Check out Deafhood workshops and classes coming up!

Here’s a long list of workshops, presentations and classes on Deafhood in the coming next few months. Grab the opportunity to go to one of these life-changing courses!

Check for the FULL listing at EVENTS page.

July 21-28th, 2013

Austin Deaf Club, Austin, TX

Deafhood 101 (30 hour) Class

Instructor:  Marvin Miller

Summary:  This course is based on Paddy Ladd’s powerfull book, Understanding Deaf Culture: In search of Deafhood.  This course will change how you see yourself, thin and act within your community and improve your relationship with the world for better.  Class fee: $220.

Contact Chriz Dally at Chriz@deafhoodfoundation.org to register or get more information.

 

August 1st to 2nd, 2013

Missouri Association of the Deaf (MoAD) Conference

The Future of Our People through Deafhood Lens

Presenter:  Marvin T. Miller

Summary:  Are you concerned about the future of our Deaf people and ASL? Who are we, really? Are we using our maximum potential as Deaf citizens on this Earth? If not, what are the obstacles that are preventing us from becoming the best possible people today and tomorrow? Are we doomed to be forever divided — Deaf oral, mainstreamed Deaf and Deaf schools? Or can we unify and become strong again? Marvin Miller will touch on how our search for Deafhood shapes us and empowers us to become liberated. Come to the workshop and be inspired.

Website: http://www.moadshowme.org/MoAD-Conference-2013.htm

 

August 23, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm

Goldberg Auditorium, UCSD Cancer Center, 2nd floor, San Diego, CA

Allies in Deafhood Community Workshop

Presenter:  Butch Zein

Summary:  As allies, we will explore deafness vs Deafhood, Colonialism, and Audism so we can reframe our thoughts.  Enlighten ourselves on the five dimensions of Deaf people and leave the workshop as stronger allies.  Tickets $15 in advance (no ticket sales at door).

Contact S. Kay Vincent at skay.vincent@gmail.com for tickets.

 

August 24-30th, 2013

Moores UCSD Cancer Center, 2nd floor,San Diego, CA

Deafhood 101 (30 hour) Class

Instructor:  Butch Zein

Summary:  This course is based on Paddy Ladd’s powerfull book, Understanding Deaf Culture: In search of Deafhood.  This course will change how you see yourself, thin and act within your community and improve your relationship with the world for better.  Class fee: $90.

Contact S. Kay Vincent at skay.vincent@gmail.com to reserve your spot in class.

And MORE on our EVENTS page.

 

May 24 / admin

Less Than Two Weeks to Tilden 5K/10K Event for Deaf Humanity

Hello All,

Less than TWO WEEKS for the Douglas Tilden 5K walk/run 10K run event at Golden Gate Park. Tickets are still at reduced price $31 for adults and $16 for children till May 31. After May 31 it will be $45 (same at door). Hurry and register to get the savings.

Our committee is working hard to make this a fun event for all with exciting entertainment after the walk / run is over. To get a preview of what is coming for entertainment see our new vlog/youtube on facebook (tildenwalkrun or Douglas Tilden 5K walk/run 10K Run) or any of the 5 organizations website.

 

If you want to join the walk or run go register at either www.DCARA.org or www.tilden5k.eventbrite.com .
PLEASE consider making a donation to show your support even if you don’t want to participate in the walk/run part of the event. We would greatly appreciate your support for “Celebrate Deaf” and “Celebrate Humanity”.
The committee wants to see you there to show your support and enjoy the event. Pass this on to all your friends and get them to join you.

Thanks,
Douglas Tilden 5k Walk/Run 10k Run Committee