Thursday, October 23, 2008



What bothers me the most are those people at DMH sitting on their arses doing nothing! They are too busy making excuses and they are showing favorism to hearing people where the dollars go! They had the gall to spend $539,000.00 on interpreting services. It shows lack of common sense on their part. They are breaking the laws that protect disabilities everyday since Barry Critchfield left the office. The new administrator of deaf program need to get busy and stop window dressing! Enough is enough!

I have managed organizations and companies for many years. I know administrative decisions being made from top to the bottom rung of the ladder. I have hired and fired people. The business plan is the key to success of company and organization.

Steve Hamerdinger and Barry Critchfield had those business plans ready. They are SUCCESSFUL administrators! They have national and international reputation in mental health field. DMH insulted them!!!

It does NOT take a rocket scientist to figure out what options can be utilized in the wake of problems facing us.

Keith Schafer needs to go! John Heskett needs to go! Some people who pushed Barry Critchfield out need to go! They are only making things worse and wasting time!

I will stand on my feet and read the riot acts with those DMH administrators til my face is blue! I will continue pointing fingers at DMH administrators. I will remind them everyday they are responsible for the mess.

They cannot sweep those issues under their carpet! It is OUT in OPEN!

The cat is out of the bag! Actions speak louder than words!

Our testimonies at the recent conference is enough to blow them out of the water!

Like I said over a year ago, we need to initiate the lawsuit! Time has wasted and no one is taking lawsuit seriously! It needs to be done to put DMH on the right track!

Do we need a dead deaf person to act on it?

Shame on you! Those hearing people in Missouri who are practicing audism need Deaf Culture 101!

Paul Kiel
a private citizen

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My response to MZ's comments about Cochlear Implanting/Eugenics...

Wow, the parents need to be "informed" without any bias. I am aware of how biased the oral schools are. They are busy farming the deaf babies to be implanted.

It is not politics. It is audism at work.

As for eugenics, it is like a wolf under the sheep's skin what they are doing these days.

Cochlear implant companies are so busy harvesting the world for profiteering purposes and lining the financial portfolios of the investors.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out!

Again, it is part of eugenics.

The definition reads as:

"Main Entry: eu·gen·ics
Pronunciation: yu-'je-niks
Function: noun plural but singular or plural in construction
Date: 1883
: a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed "

See how they control the society by human mating...which eventually will lead to what Hitler envisioned as well as AG Bell did.

So cochlear implanting and eugenics go hand in hand!

Thank you!

Monday, October 13, 2008



News Article from Springfield Newspaper

I responded to the article in their newspaper:

Deaf_Advocate wrote:

I do not think Burrell CEO and President Todd Schaible is being honest about his policy decisions. I have been told that he has audistic attitude towards deaf clients. He needs sensitivity training to understand deaf culture. His history with deaf clients and the deaf community are not pleasant.

As for 14Liberty - written notes are not helpful when there are complex terms and sensitivity in understanding what needs to be done. We simply need deaf professionals to counsel and assist deaf clients.

As for sitUBUsit, he/she is right - we are a minority in the hearing world and it is often at times hard to draw boundaries. This is how and why we need someone else to do the job.

Recently, we found out that DMH has been spending average of $539,000.00 on interpreting services alone. This is not a wise and sound decision.

DMH needs to re-prioritize the costs by hiring at least 4 deaf professionals at averaging $40,000.00 per professional. Then throw in at least $20,000.00 to cover benefits and travel expenses. The road to recovery will be better for deaf clients.

Deaf Advocates - please send your responses to that news story! It is time to take Dr. Todd Schaible to task for his comments. He said a lie about saying, " the information from the deaf community is simply not true." He is calling us liars and it is time to revolt!

We need to have a protest rally at his facility and show him how wrong he is and it is time for him to eat his crow!


Paul K.



DMH (Department of Mental Health of Missouri) has indicated  that it spends $539,000.00 a year on interpreting services alone for the deaf and hard of hearing.   This proves that they are mishandling the funds the wrong way.  They have failed to allocate the money for deaf professionals who are available and ready to work with deaf clients needing mental health services.

At the 12th Annual Empowerment Symposium sponsored by Missouri Commission on Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Osage Beach, Missouri on October 11, 2008,  we have shown DMH where they have been wasting thousands and thousands of dollars a year for the past few years.  

There was afternoon session of "DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE: ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH".   It was an interesting session as it brought up lively debates and interesting points and facts focused on DMH's failures to meet the needs of the deaf community for the past few years.

If the DMH can wean off using some sign language interpreters,  they could hire at least 4 deaf professionals.  The cost for hiring deaf professionals can be average $40,000.00 per professional.   Take that and multiply by 4 and it equals $160,000.00.   We can throw in benefits and travel expenses averaging $40,000.00 totaling to $200,000.00.   The balance would be left around $339,000.00.   Hey, we could hire more deaf professionals.

For years, we have requested for deaf or hearing professional who are capable of using ASL during sessions.  They chose instead to use sign language interpreters.

The interpreters could have helped by being honest and upfront that the deaf clients do really need deaf or hearing who use ASL fluently to communicate with the deaf patients.

The RID Code of Ethics already spelled out the obligations and it seems that they chose a different route. Money is always wasted when an interpreter decides to take a selfish route.

The bottom line is that it is time to prod Missouri Department of Mental health into new direction effective immediately.    There can be lawsuit brewing on the horizon with this new information of how DMH spends the deaf dollars the wrong way.

We do not have to wait til 2010 to get more money for more programs.   It is ok to add more resources and funds.  Also, the buck stops at our desk and we can request that DMH re-prioritize the funds for the rest of 2008 and 2009.

What we are seeking now are equal mental health services for the deaf and hard of hearing.  We want the DMH to change its priorities and hire deaf professionals effective immediately.

This is NO excuse for DMH to continue wasting thousands and thousands of dollars on interpreting services.   The majority of mental health problems of deaf and hard of hearing patients have proven unsolvable with the use of interpreters.   

The buck stops here and now!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Jay Leno DOES NOT HAVE to apologize to St. Joseph Institute For the Deaf!

With the recent hoopla about St. Joseph's crying about Jay's joke, Jay was talking about deaf kids not hearing what he said.

He pointed out the unusual headlines and listings found in papers. There was a story about Barbershop singers going to schools. He joked about shrugging his shoulders and mouthing his words without sound.

Jay Leno does NOT have to apologize. He is a comedian and we can laugh it off. He does not have to worry about what happened.

The bottom line is St. Joseph has been spewing lies since 1934. It was founded as a sign language school in 1837. This is pure AUDISM at work!

I am glad that Jay said something to bring this front and center for us to know the truth behind the lies of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf.

They had a principal who had been abusing deaf children for more than 50 years.

This shows how much hypocrisy St. Joe's is. They swept it under the carpet and tried to hide the crime from the public.

Now the principal is dead and rotting in hell!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

30 more days to Deafhood workshop - have you registered? Cut off is October 15th!


30 more days to Deafhood workshop - have you registered? Cut off is October 15th!

When: November 1, 2008 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: GSLAD

2190 Creve Coeur Mill Road
Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043 (google for directions there)

Cost?: NO CHARGE! and lunch is included

Topic?: MoAD's Presentation: In Search of Deafhood

A Deafhood Vision for a World...

* Where being Deaf is celebrated and never condemned.

* Where academic excellence in a natural Sign Language is critical and never compromised.

* Where Deaf-related concerns are "heard" and never ignored.

* Where false divisions among Deaf people are discarded and natural diversity is embraced.

Embrace Deafhood....

So our future generations can dream big, think deep, sign freely, and walk proudly as Deaf people.

This workshop will be conducted in American Sign Language by internationally known experts on Deafhood, Ella Mae Lentz and Genie Gertz.

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2008 - E-mail your request to Beth Williams, Registration Coordinator at - The seats are going fast... so hurry and register NOW! Make registration easier by registering before October 15th. We will e-mail you e-tickets for admission and lunch. No long lines needed. We e-mail you e-tickets between October 19th and 25th. Please bear with us as we process information and handling of e-tickets to a large number of attendees. We are excited about the upcoming workshop!

This Deafhood workshop is made possible by the following organizations listed:

* MoAD - Missouri Association of the Deaf -

*MCDHH - Missouri Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -

*MOVRS/CSDVRS - Missouri Video Relay Service / Communication Services For the Deaf Video Relay Service -

*GSLAD - Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf -

*Deaf Images -

*Deaf Interlink -

*Sorenson Communications -

*RTR/DCC - St. Louis Metro Round Table Representatives on Deafness/ Deaf Community Center -

*GSLC - Greater St. Louis Chapter of MoAD -

*If you are interested in helping us defray the expenses as we keep the workshop open to deaf and hard of hearing people without charge to help us understand Deafhood. It is part of Missouri Association of the Deaf's objectives to help the deaf community be aware and be informed. MoAD has been actively and doing this advocacy since 1904. Please e-mail to Paul Kiel, Chairman at for consideration to help this project.

The Deafhood Committee of MoAD consists the following members:

Paul Kiel, Chairman
Beth Williams, Registration Coordinator
Mike Boyd, Logistics
Judy Benfield, Program Book
Nina Wilson, Hospitality
Ella Eakins, Finances
Missy Owoc, Committee member
Cathy Hall, Committee member

October 2, 2008


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

SHOW ME DEAF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009 - October 1, 2 and 3, 2009

*** 2008 Public Service Announcement: ***

For widest possible distribution:

Release: October 1, 2008
Contact: Paul Kiel, SMDIFF Coordinator
Phone: Voice: 314-236-9048
TTY/Fax: 314-869-6161
VP: 314-664-8959 or

SHOW ME DEAF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009 - October 1, 2 and 3, 2009

St. Louis, Missouri, October 1, 2008 - SMDIFF has announced that we will have the second Show me Deaf International Film Festival scheduled October 1, 2 and 3 2009 to showcase independent American and International films. The festival will highlight the works of deaf and hard of hearing filmmakers. For updates, more information on festival, programming, tickets or travel, visit

"I am pleased to say that we will have second film festival a year from today on October 1, 2009. It will be second time around and I did learn a lot from the first festival of its kind for deaf and hard of hearing. " noted Paul J. Kiel, SMDIFF Coordinator. "And we are pleased that the festival will again display the important works of deaf and hard of hearing filmmakers. I have received inquiries about displaying their films from India, Canada, Europe and Australia."

Also, Keith Wann will be performing on Saturday night, October 3, 2009. Come and watch his comedy show! He brought the house down last year and he is coming back for more on October 3, 2009.

If you would like to send your videos, please inquire for Film Submission Rules and Regulations forms. Please send your videos to have the festival committee review them and consider for the festival by August 15, 2009.. If you have any questions about submission or anything, feel free to e-mail to Paul at

We welcome sponsors to help underwrite the film festival.

Come one! Come all!

Let's enjoy the Show Me Deaf International Film Festival 2009!