Wednesday, February 28, 2007


It is a discussion about experience growing up reading lips and how hearing people abuse it.


Monday, February 26, 2007


The crowd at GSLAD Hall was havng a good time and the party went well!

The participants played games.

Lisa and her son, Connor were having fun! Games, Food and Drinks were plenty!

This is GSLAD's very own jukebox! The hall rocks with music and fun!

THE OSCARS GALA was fun last night!


The party was held last night at GSLAD Hall sponsored by RTR and GSLAD.

There were fun and games. We get to pick which groups such as director, screen, actors, actresses, music, animation, etc that may have won Oscar. We had fun predicting who won the Oscars. Everyone got prizes and gifts to take home. Vegetable trays and pizzas were served. Drinks were sold. We enjoyed the big screen as well as other televisions. The decorations were lovely at the hall. They even had red carpet from front door to the party room. Movie posters and decorations were everywhere. Indeed, it was a red carpet treatment. It is like being in Hollywood!

Was that Michael Moore? No, that's Paul. He has aspirations to win an Oscar! Be sure to watch for future videos at DEAF-IMAGES

BE SURE TO GO AGAIN NEXT YEAR! You can be sorry if you miss it! I had a good time!



The Missouri Chapter of NTIDAA and NTID hosted a reception at GSLAD Hall yesterday, February 25, 2007. There were 63 people in attendance. Dr. Alan Hurwitz gave a presentation about what NTID is doing these days.

The alumni and friends had a good time socializing yesterday at the GSLAD Hall. There will be 40th reunion next summer (2008) in Rochester, NY.

Dr. Hurwitz was explaining about NTID's progress and its plan for future. NTID and NTIDAA are working together to do more networking to recruit future students, look into fundraising and job placement.

We missed Matthew Driscoll, the Director of NTID Alumni Relations as the weather was bad in Chicago that he had to go to another city and wait out. He was kind enough to arrive late. I was happy to meet him and discuss about alumni relations. Carmen Sciandria, the NTIDAA president is motivating the chapters to get ready for the alumni reunion next year.

Congrats to Hurwitzes! Vickie's mother turned 90 last Saturday! =)


Hello! I am Paul for Show me Deaf Community. I would like to follow up on Amy's anger about SLCC. I woud like to show you that postcard we are discussing about. See those pages of the post card.

It is an elaborate way of getting our attention to give money to buy bricks to build the SLCC. It costs $500.00 for brick also with other prices.

There has been discussions among b/vlogs about it.

Just recently, announced that the webpage mentioning SLCC has been shut down.

I wonder if it is the works of Mercy Coogan. She is with public relations.

Why does Gallaudet keep her? She is part of old administration that caused problems.

There is a need for replacement. I could be wrong.

The picture is becoming fuzzy.

Is it part of her campaign to confuse the issue?

I do praise Davilia for Team Gallaudet.

I wonder about this SLCC situation.

I hope Davilia can response to this matter and put it to rest the confusion!

See you in the next vlog!


Saturday, February 24, 2007


Hello, I am Paul. I make comments for SHOW ME DEAF COMMUNITY. It is a blog and now it is either blog or vlog. There will be some written comments or video commentary. I have been exploring other b/vlogs. I find it wonderful and interesting. Many has popped up since Gallaudet University Protests. Now is a clearing house of information submitted by many bloggers. You can have a choice to read blog or watch vlog. It is a wonderful experience having b/vlogs. See you at next posting.




I am searching for some individuals who has experienced mental health issues in life as well as in any programs. I am devising a video documentary on mental health. It will explore the problems of mental health affecting the Deaf community. It also explores how it affects domestic violence and other abuses.

It is a serious documentary focused on the needs of mental health and the deaf community. Missouri does not have adequate mental health program that meets the needs of deaf community. The documentary will explore some communities in Missouri as well as explore the prison system. There are deaf in prison that do not have adequate support. There are deaf people who have fallen through the cracks in rural areas as well as small towns.

I will respect anyone who prefers to be "anonymous" on my documentary. There will be cameras focused on shadow while signing (not direct on individual) to tell a story of his or her abuses. If an individual is willing to say it all face to face with video camera, it will be great. It will help the public understand the plight conditions and how lack of support sytem affects the mental health in deaf communities.

There were recent deaf suicides that happened in Missouri that gave me a full consideration in increasing awareness by making a documentary. We do need to push buttons to get the system working for the deaf community. There is a need to increase awareness.

I am researching on suicidology and how it affects us. I am looking for survivors and those who are recovered. The documentary is being worked in several phases that will be 3 one-hour videos to educate the public. I plan to interview some professionals in mental health working with deaf.

I have experienced suicide several times and I know what it is like to reach the dark side. I would like this video to empower those who are suffering to speak up and reach out for help. It can help us understand what suicide can do and affect everyone.

Let me borrow this quote from David Webb, Suicide Attempter (and Suicidologist at Victoria University) in his presentation, "THE MANY LANGUAGES OF SUICIDE".

"We need to hear these voices. Most importantly it is needed to empower those who are contemplating suicide to speak up and hopefully reach out for help. Part of the poison of suicidality is the loneliness. When you hear others who truly know suicidality, whether they've recovered or are still struggling, then you are no longer quite so alone in the world. Stories of survival and recovery can sometimes spark a light at the end of the tunnel of hopelessness, another of suicidality's poisons. I was told to hang in there, that the pain would pass which, although true, was not believable at the time. Hearing this from a survivor can help. We need to hear the voice of others to help us find our own voice. Healing and recovery begins with telling your story."

I do have a story to tell as well as others can tell their stories. This is what makes my motivation to pursue this matter on a video that will help the public understand the needs of mental health program for deaf and hard of hearing.

Another quote for this project is "It is the words that suicidal people say - about their psychological pain and their frustrated psychological needs- that make up the essential vocabulary of suicide. Suicide prevention can be everyone's business." Defined by Edwin S. Schneidman as psychological pain arising from frustrated or thwarted psychological needs - a much more accurate and useful term than "depression". From the preface of "THE SUICIDAL MIND" by Ediwn S. Schneidman (Oxford University Press, 1996)

The videotaping project will start sometime in mid-May and hope to complete by August in time for September as part of awareness project for Suicide Prevention Week in September.

Any volunteers to tell a story? contact me at

I am looking for sponsors to help underwrite this documentary.

Thank you for supporting this project!

Paul J. Kiel

a documentary on mental health and the deaf community
to be produced and released by DEAF IMAGES.
Release Date Targeted for Fall 2007/Winter 2008

About Deaf Images -

It is a digital video production company. It has made over 34 videos since 2004. DEAF IMAGES has regularly scheduled and deliver on viewer's diverse interests. Companion websites for those videos are available at as well as and 21 videos are seen on various websites and the rest will be sold through the sales department.

Deaf Images - All rights reserved 2007


Friday, February 23, 2007


In her recent vlog, she mentioned about the postcard that we all got in mail. This was about to buy bricks for SLLC. I looked at the card. I am leery about this.

Why should we help them? They get 100 million a year? They get millons of dollars from Sorenson and others?

They are trying to "commercialize" Gallaudet?

What is Gallaudet now? It is supposed to be ASL University to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing!

Figure this out!

I am rooting for Amy!

I send card back saying, NO ASL NO MONEY



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