357: audism mandates; what message to tell the world
AUDISM MANDATES: One criticism of Jane Fernandes is that she has no plan for compliance with the audism mandates. I challenged myself to come up with a conceptual structure for campus and community to deal with these mandates. It was clear to me that whereas the concept of audism is a new concept still under development and that change had to happen without and within, I came up with these two concepts made to deal with issues that arise based on the SBG Audism Mandates:
- A team comprised of teachers, students, faculty, administration to be selected randomly from the population on an annual basis to meet regularly to discuss issues which arise in the community when audism is invoked and publish their conclusions for discussion in the community. At least five published discussions a year, with a great wall in the HMB dedicated to student comments on the report.
- Two annual projects in the local community to be taken on by teams of students to educate or deal with an issue related to access or audism.
- An administrative review board to be reconvened in one year to analyze the seven results of this initiative and provide suggestions to refine experimentation or implement any findings.
What do you think? Imagine this. An issue arises in the community where a Deaf person is discriminated against in a local store. As a result a group of Gallaudet students get together to find ways to make the local community more hospitable. A project results where Deaf teenagers agree to volunteer at local daycare centers, exposing families to Deaf people, doing a good deed, and having fun with kids at the same time. (I'm informed zLotte's sisters often do this, it sounds like a great sorority.) A good idea?
What message do we give to the world? We need to do this kind of knowledge collecting so we gain power through language. We need to be able to frame situations like this one. It has been framed against us. The Deaf community has been portrayed as a bunch of squabbling kids. Our very real feelings of wrongness, our very real recognition of benchmarks for concern, are being downplayed. Students, commit to the faculty and staff. Faculty, support the students. Remember you are all family.
Pepper Spray at Gallaudet: Does anyone else think it's cruel and unusual punishment to use a weapon which attacks the eyes, on Deaf people?
Just asking. And do you think Fernandes has done a good job of dealing with any of the Audism Mandates? Maybe the violation of these principles would be important?