February 8, 2012
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The title “My last article” does not mean I am finished writing.
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.
From 1880 until about 1980, it was rare for a qualified deaf professional to get a professional job serving deaf people.
Yes, it is as legitimate as any written and spoken language.
Typically, educators and parents expect hearing students to achieve grade level academic knowledge and skills.
Most non-deaf professionals do not believe that there is a deaf world that is distinct from the hearing world.
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?
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?
In each of my three previous articles, I explained the importance of one of the three terms, “authority, opportunity, and advantage.”
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.”
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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