This protest is, of course, the key event in the evolutionary process we're seeing in the deaf community.
The protesters are all about the old deaf guards who don’t believe in the re-integration of deaf people back into the hearing society.
The deaf communities are facing major evolutionary changes in the near future which enable them to mainstream and re-integrate back into the hearing society. They are cochlear implants and recently, stem cells, which are promising to be part of the final solutions to addressing deafness. These medical marvels have enabled deaf people to function almost like hearing people. This has created a new deaf society in the past decade and this new deaf society has been slowly taking over Gallaudet University operations.
The protests you’re seeing is the old deaf guard's last stand against the changes in the future of deaf society, against the new deaf society taking over Gallaudet University.
Jane's leadership has the support of the new deaf society and is best one to lead the new deaf society which comprises 80 percent of the students at Gallaudet into the future.
The protesters are about the past deaf society, about the old deaf guards who have become the scourge of the deaf communities.
They have to give it up because they can’t beat the evolutionary process the deaf society is facing.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Old Deaf vs. New Deaf
Gallaudet University is closed again. The students remain adamant in their demands. Here's one perspective they haven't mentioned: They're in a losing battle against technology and the clock. The following is a comment on the St Augustine for Gallaudet blog: