Today, I think it’s appropriate to talk about American Sign Language, given the brith of Deaf Awareness Week stemmed from the International Week of the Deaf, as dictated by the World Federation of the Deaf in 1958. Sign language use across the globe is incredible—if you have travelled overseas and have met a deaf person, you know what I mean. It tells you language is powerful. Language describes people. ASL describes Deaf people in America. ASL is a language. ASL is a true language.
The week has truly gone by quickly—it’s Thursday and the fourth day of the DAW Daily Bulletin. We think it’s appropriate to begin talking about audism, given we’ve gone through critical perspectives of visual-centric individuals. Some topics posed this week may have been new to you or some familiar.
Here we are on our third day of our DAW Daily Bulletin. We hope you’ve come to have a dialogue with your colleagues and peers about the two topics posed earlier this week. Please continue to have a dialogue about both topics as we add the third topic: Deaf Ecosystem.
Deafness has long been viewed as a hearing loss—an absence, a void, a lack. It is impossible to think about deafness without thinking about loss. Yet deaf people don’t view their lives as loss. This means reframing hearing loss to “Deaf Gain”.
As our our campus master plan is in the works, what do you think should be the emphasis when it comes to Deaf Space? [Consider attending to the Wednesday TSD Campus Master Plan to reflect further about Deaf Space and the TSD Master Plan—the forum is at the MPR, starting at 6 to 7:30pm.]