Saturday, November 22, 2008


Holocaust is a destruction of life and is known as a form of genocide.  The elimination of deafness is a typical of holocaust.   Deaf children locally and nationally (and internationally) are the victims of holocaust being done by the medical profession and the schools that promote cochlear implanting.  The deaf children are becoming the vanishing breed and the deaf leaders are looking the other way.   This is a holocaust being initiated by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell and this came a long way since his vision of eliminating the deaf from human race that started in 1880.   Bell as well as other people throughout the history are considered perpetuators of crime against the deaf humanity.

The picture on the right is A.G. Bell being considered as the public enemy number  one in the deaf community.

Creator of Deaf Holocaust

In 1883, Dr. Alexander Graham Bell presented a paper titled "Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race" before the National Academy of Science in New Haven, Connecticut.  He did not believe that deaf persons should be allowed to marry each other.   He was totally against the idea of having deaf have intermarriages.  He was worried about the type of race that the deaf had demonstrated in the early 19th century.   

Thanks to Laurent Clerc for the advancement of deaf human race.  We were coming out of oppression into indepedence. With the use of sign language, we were capable and functioning citizens.

Bell noted that man was able to modify breeds of animals by careful selection.   He wanted to apply the same procedure to genetics.   It is a new kind of genocide where he wanted to eliminate deaf from the race.

Bell used oral philosophy as a hidden agenda to accomplish his plan to eliminate the deaf from the face of the earth.  He did not approve of the educational system where the deaf work with the deaf in education settings.  He succeeded in getting the infamous Milan 1880 mandate that stopped the use of sign language in classrooms.   He did not approve of the deaf socializing among themselves, having reunions, having social gatherings, forming their own clubs and associations,  publishing their own newspapers,  holding religious worships, and having state and national conventions as further encouraging social intercourse among them.  Such association, Bell believed, restricted deaf persons' selection of partners and friends.   Bell thought  about enacting a law banning such intermarriages. It backfired on him.

He saw forbidding congenitally deaf persons from marrying each other as one way to check the "evil" although he admitted that  "proving that a person had been born "deaf" would probably make the law inoperative."

To Bell - the ideal condition is to have only one deaf child in a school with hearing children.   Bell opposed the employment of deaf teachers and considered them "another element favorable to the formation of a deaf race therefore to be avoided."

Bell had trouble getting support from the deaf as one noted educator of the deaf opposed him.  Dr. Phillips G. Gillet, superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf studied 1,886 students and alumni of the school and found no justification for Dr. Bell's position.

George W. Veditz, a deaf teacher, called Alexander Graham Bell the American most feared by the deaf people saying, "he comes in the guise of a friend, and is therefore, the most to be feared enemy of the American deaf, past and present."

Albert Ballin, teacher and Bell had differing views on deaf education.  Both did oppose residential schools for deaf children.   

Bell wanted complete oralism while Ballin preferred sign language and fingerspelling.

Dr. Bell - A Negative Thinker

Dr. Bell had been harping about the dangers of the formation of a deaf race and the relationships among groups.  He said that the segration of deaf-mutes, the use of the sign language and the employment of deaf teachers produce an environment that is unfavorable to the cultivation of articulation and speech-reading and that sometimes cause the disuse of speech.

Fast-foward to present day (2008), some hearing people have continued to carry on this hidden agenda of carrying on Dr. Bell's beliefs by maintaining oral schools for the deaf and some programs geared for elimination of deafness.  

The schools that advocate oralism have succeeded in "brainwashing" the communities that the schools are located in to believe their success stories in using oral methods that only last a short time for the duration of education at specific schools.  They are taking advantage of parents who are confused and hurt by the shock of having deaf children in their families.  They work hard on educating the communities about their so-called programs and they have succeeded in "pulling wool over their eyes"  (making money)  They claim that those things work.


In the early 1900's, George Veditz expressed concern that, "A new race of pharoahs that knew not Joseph" are taking over the land and many of our American schools. They do not understand signs for they cannot sign. They proclaim that signs are worthless and of no help to the deaf. Enemies of sign language - they are enemies of the true welfare of the deaf.

Methods used to ban the use of sign language in classrooms were barbarian and that was the result of the problems throughout the 20th and 21st century. In order to concentrate on speech methods and oral methods, the teachers would resort to do these following things. They asked for cooperation of parents. They refused to hire deaf teachers, even their own products. Deaf children were told that using sign language was bad and degrading. They were told that it would prevent them from growing up "normal" and that they would not be able to live in a hearing world if they relied on sign language.

Suppression methods were used in forcing the deaf children to sit on their hands, put the hands in desk out of sight, slapping the child's mouth with a chalky eraser, tie the child's hands behind the back and used rulers to slam on the palms, they even used soap to put in mouths of any stubborn deaf child, they even put hands under scalding hot water, they even force the child to disrobe and also many other barbarian acts against poor deaf children. It will take entire length of column to describe the horrors. It is being described in the upcoming film, "THE BLUE RIBBON STORIES" to be out by Fall 2009.

DEAF HOLOCAUST - A debate to start with...

You can realize what that word means. It is often scary to think how hearing people remain hell-bent on eliminating the deaf from the human race by any methods imaginable in their quest for pathological actions. Deaf people has been around for thousands of years and the society continues to think otherwise.

We, the Deaf Advocates, leaders, friends, relatives, lovers, families, etc do not see the need for elimination of deaf. The hearing people continue to be so pathological in that sense they are hurting and tampering on our rights in life.

It is time to STAND UP and say, "Enough is enough!"

**adapted for today's blog from Jan/Feb 1996 - St. Louis DEAF ADVOCATE - FUTURE SHOCK: DEAF HOLOCAUST - Paul Kiel's editorial, Deaf Heritage by Jack Gannon and other notes from the old file of Jan/Feb 1996.

Friday, November 7, 2008



20 to 25 people for upcoming documentary - St. Louis, Missouri

Deaf Images is conducting a casting call for men, women and children for a documentary called "THE BLUE RIBBON STORIES"

My goal is to finish this documentary by June 2009. I am done with the storyboards and preparing the scripts for each actor to perform in my upcoming documentary. I will be needing some to do the storytelling of past incidents the last three millenniums.

More details to follow! I am a poor artist so give me chance to see what works out! =)

I will be sure to get you a copy of the video.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Burrell Behavorial Health Services not meeting the Deaf Community Standards?

Mr. Todd Schaible, CEO and President
Burrell Behavorial Health
1300 Bradford Parkway
Springfield, MO 65804

Dear Mr. Schaible:

It has come to my attention that there are issues at Burrell Behavorial Health.

There has been lack of equal communication access and lack of professional mental health services for the deaf. The former and current patients have expressed frustrations in handling the real needs of the deaf patients. Your decision to break up families with different counselors are not helping as none of those counselors have expertise in handling the deaf mental health issues.

I have been receiving letters from those people using your services and there is a need to get the ball rolling to meet the needs of the deaf patients at Burrell Behavorial Health. I will be coming down to your facility to review these matters with you.

I simply want to see equal communication access opportunities and see a program of having mental health services for the deaf. I will be happy to provide sensitivity training for your staff to enable them to know the proper steps next time a deaf patient enters the doors of Burell Behavorial Health.

There will be a community meeting later that day in Springfield after I check facts with you. This is to help me know what to do before responding to what needs to be done to correct the wrongs at Burrell Behavorial Health. I certainly hope that you will rescind your decsions to allow the deaf patients a better and quality care. There are guidelines that can help your organization to do a better job in handling the deaf patients.

Please help us stop our deaf fellows from falling through the cracks of mental health programs!


Paul Kiel
- a private citizen -

St. Louis, MO

cc: William Sheppard (unable to get e-mail and did call to request at his home phone) Board of Director
Clifford Brown, Board of Director
Fred Hall, Board of Director
Deaf Community

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


To: Mr. Robert H. Bezanson, President and CEO of CoxHealth: (his picture is enclosed above.)

This is to inform you of a former patient of yours that you are CEO of CoxHealth. Speaking of your affiliate a.k.a. Burrell Behavorial Health located in Springfield, Missouri, it is in a problematic stage. It is a mental health crisis for the Deaf community of Springfield, Missouri. I am asking you to take the time to read the letter I got from a patient of yours.

I am not bounded by HIPPA stuff so she asked me to spread this word. I am obliged as a Deaf Advocate to spread the truth beyond the walls of audism and colonialism. I am requesting that you act as CEO to resolve this matter. I am requesting the removal of Todd Schaible. He is responsible for problems brewing at Burrell Behavorial Health.

Here is the story -

A deaf patient from Springfield writes:

"When I asked you who I can write to, you helped me find some people. You understand that we need help. We need someone to listen and help us.

Our family went to Marcia Brewer as our counselor. We had family problems. We talked about how to communicate with our three hearing daughters, and about problems fighting in our marriage (we are both Deaf). It began to improve a little. The girls learned to respect each other and their parents instead of fighting. Marcia showed us how to not let them take advantage of their Deaf parents. (They were not happy about that!) We practiced how to sit down and discuss things instead of yelling. The children learned how to write out what happened so we could understand their story and decide how to punish.

Then all of the sudden they stopped us. They told us we had to pick one person to see Marcia. The other people in my family must go see another counselor with an interpreter.

We decided not to do that way. We did not feel comfortable with a strange new counselor and different interpreters. We don't know them. We had to start all over again from the beginning with a new counselor, talk about our past. The other counselors really don't know about Deaf situations. Like we had a rope down in the well, and were starting to climb out. Then the CEO decided to cut the rope and let us fall back in.

We noticed hearing people did not have to do it that way - split up their families in the middle of counseling. Why did he cut only DEAF ropes? I said this in the newspaper, but he said it is not true. It did happen to us. It is true.

Our problems got worse in our family. My husband and I fight a lot. The kids got fed up and don't want to be around us. They moved out to live with Grandma. I don't know if my husband and I will stay together long. The bank is ready to foreclose on our house. I have so much depression, but no help. I am working and trying to take care of my children.

I am sending you this letter to complain about Burrell. They discriminated on Deaf. Marcia resigned when all the other Deaf left too. Now we need a counselor but there is no counselor there that signs and knows more about Deaf situations.

I wrote a letter to Phil McClendon at the Mental Health Commission. I asked him why this happened to us (Deaf). He sent it to Monica Hoy. She wrote me a letter Burrell always has one counselor for one family member only. But that is a lie. Hearing families can work with the same counselor! Now the CEO is acting like he did not do anything wrong, like he didn't say that to us. But I have the letter.

It feels like when hearing people complain, someone listens to them. They get a chance to speak, and get an answer. When Deaf people like me complain, it is like a tiny tap that nobody notices. I told Mr. McClendon this terrible thing happened. And I get a big lie back. "Don't pay attention to her...she is deaf...just tell her anything and she will go away..." I do not mean this against Mr. McClendon personally.

Our family is falling apart. We need help really bad. We are not the only ones. We are proud, and smart, and capable, just like any hearing family. We are willing to do our part, to change to make our situation better. We are not helpless beggars. When hearing people are in crisis, they can go to a counselor and still feel respect for themselves. They don't have to beg and say "OH THANK YOU for helping us!" We want to get some help, work on our problems, and have a better life. We did that at Burrell, and then it stopped.


So what is the matter with you people at Burrell and CoxHealth? You need sensitivity training in understanding Deaf culture. This reeks of audism, paternalism, and colonialism.

We need to contact these following people on the board of CoxHealth to ask them to terminate Todd Schaible and implement the programs to meet the needs of Deaf patients.

The board directors of CoxHealth are:

Loren Broaddus, MD
Charles H. Chalender
Pierre Clothiaux, MD
Judge John C. Crow
Patricia Dix, MD
Donald R. Duncan
Dona K. Elkins
Rob Fulp
Robert C. Glazier
C. Jeffery Gower, DDS
Grant Haden
Larry D. Halverson, MD
Sam F. Hamra
Jan Harris
Dennis Heim
James W. Hutcheson
Jerry G. Jared
Richard Kissell, MD
Larry W. Lipscomb
Donald G. Martin Sr.
Kenneth E. Meyer
Chris W. Nattinger
Michael T. Nietzel, PhD
Ron Ponds
Joseph M. Post
Robert E. Roundtree
Robert H. Spence
John P. Squires
Gil Trout
Joe Turner
John Wolfe, MD

Please be sensitive to the needs of Deaf patients. This looks like a legal remedy is needed to resolve the problems at Burrell Behavorial Health, an affiliate of CoxHealth.

Thank you for taking time to read this!


Paul Kiel
- a private citizen-


Tuesday, November 4, 2008


To whom it may concern at MH Commission:

*Note: This e-mail was sent to MH Commission at - The board consists of the following, (Phillip McClendon, Ron DIttemore, Beth Viviano, Patricia Bolster, Kathy Carter, David Vlach, and Joann LeyKam)

I am expressing displeasure with the current events at Missouri Department of Mental Health. They have not followed the wishes of the Missouri Deaf community for past few years.

They have ignored our pleas to have Deaf mental health professionals to meet the needs of Deaf consumers. The programs are lacking and mismanaged.

I am asking that the Missouri Mental Health Commission intervene for the Deaf Community as we are asking MH Commission to step in and correct the wrongs.

We are not pleased with Keith Schafer's performance and handling of the Deaf programs. The funds are mismanaged. We understood that the $539,000.00 was or is designated for sign language interpreting programs. They ignored our request to amend the funding to allow DMH to hire four Deaf mental health professionals. We have asked DMH several times the past few years to follow the master plan that the Deaf community have provided the solutions to the problems of lacking mental health services for the deaf.

We are requesting a meeting with the MH Commissioners. This is a final step before initiating a legal remedy. DMH has been colonializing us for years. We would like to remedy the situation with your help.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


Paul Kiel
St. Louis, Missouri

a private citizen

Novemer 2, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008



With yesterday's MoAD's Presentation: In Search of Deafhood workshop, I have come to realize what was wrong with the Missouri Deaf Community. It is now clear and bright that we are suffering from colonialism. This is a new meaning and an eye-opening one! It is how and why some hearing people are behaving towards us. Those people are depriving us from a fully accessible language and socialization.

We can encounter them with our assertive plans and we can reverse their framings. There are plans to de-colonize Missouri. We are looking into implementing procedures to remove the negative effects of colonialism and audism in our lives.

We are allowed to share and discuss Deaf-related concerns and solutions with others (in person and on v/blogs).

We can prove that oralism benefits the professionals and how it harms the child and their families. It is a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. It can be done.

Many of us grew up oralist. We know and have seen how it hurts our families. My parents were divorced and my mother suffered mental health problems from having to deal with two deaf boys. She thought that God was punishing her. She even tried to kill me when I was three years old. She suffered from post partum that was unheard of in the early 1950's.

I still love her but I had to understand where she was coming from. She was a proud woman who had circles with ladies from country clubs and socials. She felt the world felling apart and in those days, disabled people were considered "no-no". Or was it perfectionism? It was colonization effect that affected my family. The doctor told her the bad news about me being deaf. She went into shock. She told me everything when I was in high school and we discussed a lot about what happened. I did inquire as to why i was "different". I had hard time trying to please hearing people and what did I get in return? You go figure! I am not alone in this issue. I know that you share the same problems I went through. It is colonialism hurting us.

In order to clarify what colonialism is - according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, it defines as a control by one power over a dependent area or people. It is very obvious how the hearing people in Missouri are controlling us. Is it? Prove me wrong! Show me the Deaf community!!!!

This is how and why I enjoyed yesterday's workshop provided by Ella Mae Lents and Genie Gertz! I love them both and they did hit the nail right and they brought the house down with funny stories and of course there were unfortunate stories. We are to look into more activism based on their proposal to encourage us to do Deafhood activism. We are taught to be collective and vigilant in our towns. We are to examine and understand colonialism. We agreed that oralizm is recognized as child abuse. We are always appreciating our allies. We always want to form alliances and we do not need compromises anymore. We are to stand up for our rights as Deaf community.

We understand that David Eberwein could not make it. We appreciate his video message at the start of the workshop. We are glad that we had Deafhood workshop.

While we are searching Deafhood, we are learning to build a vision of a new 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 naturaly diversity is embraced.

We are now embracing Deafhood so that our future generations can dream big, think deep, sign freely, and walk proudly as Deaf people." from

We want simply our Deafhood back to pre-1880 existence levels. We were appreciated by many Hearing people in those days that "interpreters" were not needed. Get my drift? There were no such thing as interpreters in those days. A lot of hearing people were able to use sign language and share the world together. There was a prestigious society in Paris, France for many years in the early 19th century and people from world all over came to share ideas for prosperity and good life. It was shattered by audism and thievery from some hearing people.

Read books and history and you will know what we are talking about. It is time to de-colonize! I have scoured all over internet and great many books about deaf history dating back the three milleniums. The answers are in the history. We need to turn it around and stop them in their tracks!

A BIG THANKS TO PADDY LADD for initiating the steps to DEAFHOOD and we are learning to appreciate the BLUE RIBBON CEREMONY.

What about you? Can you show me your deaf community? Feel free to tell me about it! Have a good one!


Paul Kiel
St. Louis, Missouri
-a private citizen-

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November 2, 2008