Thursday 5th July, 2012
3:45pm to 5:15pm
NAD President, Dr. James L. Smith (MN), issued a call in 1904 for the preservation of sign language. The challenges that faced Dr. Smith in the 20th century are vastly different from the challenges that face deaf leaders in the 21st century. However, basic essence of fighting for language and human rights and the rights of the deaf to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness remains the same. Brick will discuss the evolving challenges and how deaf leaders today can unite to advance our collective civil rights.
Deaf people are in a better position to judge these issues than the hearing. They know what it is to be deaf. They know what it is to be forever blocked in their legitimate demands.
However, we still have hearing people deciding what the lives of deaf people should be like.
We have reacted in many different ways---ranging from adopting the methods of so-called radicals or extremists to the moderate methods of collaborators and bridge builders. Our community advocates have criticized each other and argued that a particular method is a better way.
In reality, we need all those methods and we need the community to play all those different roles.
In order to better understand oppression and what we need to overcome oppression, we need to better understand Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how it applies to us. We also need to better understand where our community fit in this hierarchy a century ago and how that has evolved over the years.
We also need to recognize the change continuum and how we can maximize opportunities to affect changes we want to see in society.
This presentation will serve to inspire and challenge audience to re-think the current advocacy paradigm and how we can collectively move forward.
Track: Grassroots and Legislative Advocacy/Deaf Education
RID CEU: .15
Vice President of Regulatory & Strategic Policy at Purple Communications. Also an author, advocate, presenter and civil rights attorney.
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