Friday, September 25, 2009

New California Association Of The Deaf Bylaws Seeks To Purge Out The Oralists, The Cochlear Implantees, Etc...

New California Association Of The Deaf Bylaws Seeks To Purge Out The Oralists, The Cochlear Implantees, Etc...

This issue is expected to dominate the deaf blogging/vlogging sphere the next few days.

First of all, the new California Association Of The Deaf bylaws term, "Deafhood", has been placed four times in the bylaws. Here is three;

Section 2.1 PURPOSE
The mission of the California Association of the Deaf is to protect the civil rights of the movement (empowerment) of Deafhood and promote the social, (American Sign Language), cultural, health, educational and economic well being of the Deaf (Californians) Community in the state of California.

Section 4.1 MEMBERSHIP
The Association shall be open to all subgroups of the Deafhood individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.

Section 25.3
Nominations for office shall be those who are part of the Deafhood, a California resident and be active Association member for at least two years.

NOW,

The bottom line since there's no clear definition of "deafhood" is that you cant be part of California Association of Deaf (CAD) unless you're deaf enough!

Here are some video blog activities;

Deafhood in CAD Bylaws?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz0LfrCy_h4

California Association of Deaf (CAD) Bylaws Are So Screwed (subtitled)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt1ImU7T2BQ

This is California Association of Deaf, not, California Association of Deafhood

I dont think the IRS would be very thrilled to see this development should someone be encouraged to report it to them.

This is going to be a very hot issue this coming weekend.

Richard Roehm
Deaf American Blog Master