Tuesday, March 27, 2012

VRS case: The community speaks!

Just in case the moderator doesn't publish my response to his blog posting.



I personally played a small yet decent role in getting the TRS cases to take place since in the summer of 2010 I got a credible tip that the TRS funding system was being exploited by high profile members in the deaf community.

This has led me to develop a website http://tinyurl.com/stop-trs-fraud that allowed people to submit anonymous tips that I passed on to the authorities. The response was very good and our readers have submitted dozens of tips. Out of the tips received 9 so far have become TRS cases.

I’m proud of what I am doing and I’m proud of the results too.

Richard Roehm

The Answers…

1) I just wished they serve longer prison times. The judges literally have been giving them slaps on their wrists.

2) Hell no! They took advantage of a system that was designed to help the deaf community communicate with the rest of the society.

3) I see both positive and negative changes. The positive side is that the TRS industry is finally facing the fact that their secretive deaf world is not so secret after all. The negative part is that the deaf pillars for whom the deaf community have been looking up to all the years is knocked down by the TRS fraud cases leaving them confused and distrustful of high profile deaf role models.

4) Becoming a pillar in the deaf community while committing TRS crimes is a disgrace. It hurts the deaf community as a whole. Public’s attitude toward deaf community have been harsher since the cases started and they are not really listening to the voices and concerns from deaf people anymore. I made a youtube video 2 weeks ago asking people this question http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhKr1_GlpHM