Deaf Protest, Washington, DC., Sept. 6-9


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Like I posted, if you look harder, you will find plenty of clues, how many times have you seen Deaf work on road construction? How many times have you seen Deaf bus driver? How many times have you seen Deaf cop? How many times have you seen Deaf doctor? How many times have you seen Deaf nurse, how many times have you seen Deaf employees at retail places wal-mart? I could ask plenty of places, and I BET you my ass, you won't find many, close to non-exists really.

And yes, Social Security Administrator just had meeting few months ago wanting know why Deaf has the highest unemployment rate than any other Disabilities across, fairly tied with Blind people but still the number is too close which shows severe discrimination out there. I can't remember where the article mentioned this.

Can anyone give me the hard source that 75% unemployed are Deaf? I find it hard to believe. To me, it's like less 25% Deaf are unemployee here in Texas who I knew. I wouldn't count on Deaf student and disability (more than just deaf).


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I do not think viable information is out there on that because the deaf are lumped with a whole host of other disabilities. It they say, for example, the unemployment rate of the disabled is 18 percent, I highly doubt that's the rate for the deaf for a number of reasons, especially during a long and nasty economic downturn.

Long story short, we know that corporate America constantly complains about how expensive interpreters are and during this recent bad economy, many companies boldly increased their discrimination toward the deaf. So why not have the Feds pay the national interpreting bill just as they support the VRS system? Costly, sure but we would probably all of a sudden have friendly-toward-us employers? In due time the SSI rolls would be reduced, etc, etc...

Crazy idea???? You decide
No, not a crazy idea, I would love VRI... Please don't tell me live terp is best, but in every day activities then VRI is good enough. Only time live terp is good for emergencies, legal issues, dealing with cops, and other serious issues.

I have lived in audism-free environment for 6 years, and it was like in heaven, that something I am very grateful because not many would experienced what I have experienced and I understood how hearing people thinks.

I believe there will be changes and for better relationship between Deafies and Hearing. We both are humans, the only difference is that we got one less sense that they have.

And just maybe, that Feds are figuring out how to minimize the fraud that continue of minimal hassles to get the service for the Deaf that needs the most. I think maybe once they clean up and policy up stricter regulation to minimize fraud and knowing WHO is actually deaf or HOH though registration by VRS industries. This protest MIGHT start the push of better communication tool for us.

I am allergic to Audism, and will always be, and it is no fun battle with audists.


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Deaf Protestors in DC Demand the Opportunity to Work

On September 5 and 6, 2015, a group of Americans marched on the White House to advocate for their rights. Marginalized and generally silenced within mainstream society, members of the Deaf community stood together at the Deaf Protest in Washington, DC to make their voices heard loud and clear. A large banner held by those at the front of the march explained to onlookers what they were witnessing: "Deaf Protest on Jobs. 75% of Deaf are not working in USA."
The Deaf Protest march was intended to raise awareness about the discrimination, high rates of unemployment, civil rights violations, and lack of communication access that deaf people endure on a daily basis. Frustrated by his own experience trying to find a job, protest organizer Charlton Lachase decided it was time to take action. Although Lachase is educated and qualified, he is deaf and has low-vision, so he says prejudiced employers would rather not hire him.

"Deaf people are discriminated against regularly," he explained. "And we just put up with it. We're not getting the services we deserve and we need to speak out."

There are millions of deaf Americans who struggle from the time they are children just to access the world around them and more than 500,000 deaf individuals who use ASL as their primary language. Because English is challenging to learn, especially for those who cannot hear it, deaf people find the odds stacked against them. Even deaf people who work hard to excel in school and obtain a degree or certification face discrimination in the hiring process. Take the recent case of Kelly Osborne, a qualified plasma center technician whose conditional job offer was rescinded after her employer realized they would need to make a few adjustments to the workflow to accommodate a deaf employee.

Misconceptions about deafness and inadequate cultural competency training serve as barriers to employment. Organizations claim to encourage diversity, while at the same time denying career opportunities for qualified individuals. These businesses use diversity as a buzzword without ever considering the infrastructure that is necessary to support employees with a variety of skills and needs


It is well known in the Deaf community that a person's best chance of being considered for a job is to bring their own interpreter for the interview-- even though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legally requires hiring entities to cover this cost. Sadly, instead of organizations accommodating the needs of a diverse workforce, deaf individuals have to accommodate for discriminatory hiring practices. Then if they do get hired, after paying for their own interpreter, deaf individuals often continue to encounter both overt and subtle workplace discrimination. They are left out of meetings, discussions, and social events. There is little support or opportunity for advancement.

Deaf people want to work and they deserve to feel successful. They are tired of enduring the same oppressive practices that the ADA was supposed to protect against. More than 1500 people turned out for the Deaf Protest to make themselves seen and heard. Not because they expected a major victory, but because they are tired of sitting idly while their community struggles for the basic right to gainful employment.

The spirited Deaf Protest went on for two days-- but where were the reporters and TV cameras? Lachase contacted several news outlets to cover the Deaf Protest, but the mainstream media decided that a civil rights rally happening right in our nation's capital was not newsworthy. While major networks simply ignored the march, passing up a great opportunity to support a growing movement, DeafNation did an incredible job documenting the Deaf Protest on social media. A short documentary about the experience can be found on the DeafNation website. In the video, deaf people share their powerful stories of oppression, demand equal opportunities, and call upon the rest of America to fight for true equality.

"People were very motivated and helpful," reported Joel Barish, host of "No Barriers with Joel Barish" on DeafNation. Barish added that he was excited to take part in the march and document the experience, saying, "at least we made some noise in DC."

Justice and inclusivity remain at the center of our current national dialogue; now we need to turn all that talk into action. Minority groups across the spectrum are battling for equality in both a social and legal sense. The success of movements such as marriage equality reflect the changing tides of public opinion.

"I think that what it comes down to is visibility," said Lachase. "The deaf community needs exposure. We need to use social media and get out in the streets. We are looking to do another protest in March or April and we hope to see our numbers grow."

Let us be fueled by the passion that burns within our community! The time is right for deaf/ HoH individuals and deaf allies to bring national attention to the shameful employment gap that keeps the Deaf community in a state of social and economic poverty. Let's encourage one another to keep moving forward, again and again, until we break through those barriers of institutional oppression together.


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That guy just half-summed it up on why the protest wasn't too successful and why some of us doesn't exactly support the protest.


Ah yes, that 'bill' they wrote few weeks ago before the deaf protest happened which some of us mentioned where ALL THE JOBS are REQUIRED to hire the deaf people first even if they're under-qualified...

Uhh yeah... Most of us knew it's not going to happen...

Not to mention... That is not how you write the bill... plus grammar in the 'draft' bill is horrible... No wonder why some deaf people couldn't get a job! The 'so-called' leaders in the recent deaf protest KNOW nothing about how government, congress, and pretty much almost everything related with politics work.
Yeah, and some of them even use the word, "by-laws" a lot.....


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Yeah, and some of them even use the word, "by-laws" a lot.....
Ah, yes. It's kinda funny because they love to toy around with words yet they don't really know (or well, they think they know but they don't) what they're actually talking about.

Charlton was slowly being pulled out of the deaf community which is what most of us wanted and it'd make protest more successful... Unfortunately, most of the 'leaders' in that group defended him so he pretty much got back in as a leader.

Too bad he's still making stupid vlogs, stating his unrealistic goals, spreading lot of misinformation, and kicking all the hearing people off the curb... like this one.

Some of the leaders want to kick some deaf people off the curb if the deaf people aren't 'grassroots' as well.


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So now he's adding MORE to this protest? I would think a good protest would focus on a few needs first then work their way up from that.. Too many demands will only confuse people and just muddle a lot.

As for his claims...
True that there are hearing teachers- I know that at least for school psychologists- deaf schools are SCREAMING for well qualified individuals-- deaf preferable. My friend has worked in 3 different deaf schools in the 20 years (not all 20 years- there were a few ... 'breaks' in there). I'll have to ask her about what the percentage of deaf to hearing staff is or was like in those schools. I do remember there were a LOT of deaf teachers at CSDB though.

As for deaf teachers...I have no idea what it is like now but back when I was at Gallaudet-- the Education department was.. SMALL for the number of students per year- when I was there you had to APPLY to even get into the program (I applied twice-- what a mistake that was...ahem.. sorry..). I think class size was less than 10 for each level-- if that. Graduate level same thing but with a mix of hearing/deaf students. My 1 year in grad school was a specialized MA degree-- but in the entire MA program I think there were maybe...I can only remember 3 of us but think there may have been 4-5?? (yearbook time...) Education degrees just didn't seem all that popular for the deaf students- at least in the late 80s.

In the comments they were commenting about what was required to teach-- they're right-- these days you need at least a BA degree AND certification (with this you have to pass a test to get state cert/licensing) from the state; every state is different. Many places want an MA degree now too.

I do agree that there needs to be more strict requirements on hearing teachers/staff to learn and practice ASL (oh lord.. don't get me started on the one graduate professor I had.....@@....). Unfortunately I think some deaf schools really need bodies but just can't find anyone to hire- not because they are 'only hiring hearing' but because they can't find any deaf!

A Duck thinking at 5:30 AM is a little dangerous oops...