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My last article

The title “My last article” does not mean I am finished writing.

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Is it Right for a non-deaf professional to criticize the way a native deaf ASL user signs?

You might not realize it, but for more than a century, many non-deaf professionals have had a goal to banish or at least control the use of ASL.

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Which to hire, a non-deaf or deaf professional?

From 1880 until about 1980, it was rare for a qualified deaf professional to get a professional job serving deaf people.

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Is American Sign Language (ASL) a legitimate language?

Yes, it is as legitimate as any written and spoken language.

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Achieving grade-level academic skills

Typically, educators and parents expect hearing students to achieve grade level academic knowledge and skills.

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No man is an island

Most non-deaf professionals do not believe that there is a deaf world that is distinct from the hearing world.

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Deaf and non-deaf professionals: whose culture is it?

What happens when there are a much larger number of professionals from the majority cultural/language group than from the minority group serving minority group members?

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Rely on litigation and not the kindness of strangers

Did you read about the university “Women’s Studies” Department that does not use any textbooks written by women and that has no women involved in running the program or teaching the courses?

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Since 1880, They Took the Authority, Opportunity, & Advantage Away From Us, the Deaf People.

In each of my three previous articles, I explained the importance of one of the three terms, “authority, opportunity, and advantage.”

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By whose opportunity

Dictionaries define the term “opportunity” as “a chance, especially one that offers some kind of advantage and/or a combination of favorable circumstances or situations.” I said the same thing in my previous article about, “authority.”

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By whose authority

Dictionaries define the term, authority, as: power, right, influence, clout and importantly, who should “say-so” and have the “last word”?


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