Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Days are here again! Ca. Gov. vetoed AB 2072!!

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Mr. Philip Townsend


Dear Mr. Townsend:

I saw your article that was on WHSV.COM.

I personally do NOT agree with your article.

Cued Speech will NOT gain popularity among deaf.

It is not the natural language of the deaf!

American Sign Language is the true natural language of the deaf.

George Veditz in 1913 said, ""As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve signs in their old purity. It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people."

Someone is misleading you!

Thank you!

Paul Kiel

Monday, September 27, 2010

DMH is playing dirty tricks again with window dressing!

DMH is playing dirty tricks again with window dressing!

DMH is playing dirty tricks again with window dressing. Just recently there was information that Stephanie Winslow had departed the Office of Deaf and Multicultural Services. She was NOT even qualified in the first place to run the deaf program. Before anyone jumps with a joy, there is something that may harm the deaf community. Is Keith Schafer at it again? He is playing chess with the deaf community again and again. He let Stephanie go so that she may or may not have to face the attorneys in deposition or questioning her involvement in deaf program.

You may be aware that Missouri deaf citizens has taken DMH ( Missouri Department of Mental Health ) to the federal court some months ago. It looks like the wheels of justice is slowly turning. Is Keith letting his staff go to avoid the legal process to work? This shows dishonesty and disregard on his part to move people around to avoid the lawsuit. I question his tactics in this matter. He needs to be fired! He was to retire sometime ago, but he came back. We, the Deaf Missourians do not want him in the position as he harms the deaf community with his selfish motives. He lied to us about hiring a deaf person to do the job. Instead, he picked a hearing interpreter to fill in that post.

The same goes for Lynn Carter, the former supervisor for Stephanie. She is no longer on the list as per the website. There is a new supervisor named Jan Heckmeyer who has NO background in mental health. She mostly did accounting and it is not appropriate for someone like that to fill in the real needs of mental health situations.

I personally think the lawsuit should include the following people such as Missouri Department of Mental Health Commissioners and the Governor. It means they are the party and they are still keeping Keith Schaefer the man who is ruining our lives with his selfish motives. The names should be included in the lawsuit are - Patricia J. Bolster, M.D., Kathy A. Carter, David L. Vlach, M.D., Joann Leykam, Dennis Tesreau, and Neva G. Thurston. The governor, Jay Nixon, should fire all the commissioners and Keith Schafer.


Here is the picture of him for playing darts! It is fun to throw darts in his face as to help ease our anger at that selfish man!

Friday, September 24, 2010


This was from a small sign on my desk sitting there for more than 40 years. It is my inspiration and the author is unknown. Here it goes. You can benefit from it daily in your lives.

Take time to is the source of power.

Take time to is the secret of perpetual youth.

Take time to is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to is the greatest power on Earth.

Take time to love and be is a God-given privilege.

Take time to be is the road to happiness.

Take time to is the music of the soul.

Take time to is too short a day to be selfish.

Take time to is the price of success.

Take time to is the key to heaven.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MOVIES AT GSLAD OCT 1 and 2 2010

GSLAD is proud to host MOVIES AT GSLAD on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 2010. GSLAD has been showing MOVIES AT GSLAD since 2004. GSLAD is proud to promote films made by deaf and continues the tradition. For more information, view this video or visit at

SMDC's Pick for DAW: "You Have to be Deaf to Understand" by Willard J Madsen

SMDC's Pick for DAW:"You Have to be Deaf to Understand

It is time to look around and realize how far we have come in deaf advocacy and how much preserverance we have so far. It is a blessing this week as suggested by WFD (World Federation of Deaf) to use this 4th week in September every year to recognize Deaf Awareness Week. So it is Show Me Deaf Community's pick for Deaf Awareness Week 2010 by showing the poem written by deaf poet.

I believe it is good idea to review this poem by Willard J Madsen.

Please visit this link at You Have to be Deaf to Understand

It is fun to educate the public about our proud deaf culture and heritage.

Let's keep up that tradition!

Let's celebrate our Deaf Awareness Week! It can be anytime throughout the year. Let's celebrate it 52 times? (52 weeks a year)

Friday, September 17, 2010


The picture of shackles below were used to control slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. This is what deaf people are wearing these days when they are not combating audism.

After reviewing some situations around the country, I am rather disappointed in some deaf leaders for buckling under hearing control.

If we have an agency serving the deaf, we are to have 51% control of the agency or organization in deaf hands.

NOT hearing hands.

I have viewed a particular agency that continues to practice audism.


Why do deaf people continue to kiss hearing people's arse?

Where is the truth in letting deaf people handle the agency?

It is OBVIOUS to me that the hearing people do NOT want to give up the control of agency, business or organization to any deaf leaders.

That agency has too many hearing people on staff and on the board.

It is NOT healthy!

Too much control are in hearing people's hands!

This is audism!

We do not need their patronization or paternalism!

Most hearing people are NOT telling truth or being honest when running deaf agencies, businesses or organizations!

Audism does equal slavery!

"Slavery is a system in which people are the property of others. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand wages." ( from dictionary )

Prove me wrong? Try that!

When can we turn the tables and cut the hearing people off the list in running our programs?

Suffice it to say, it is not only one agency... it is happening to many around the country.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


FLASHBACK: The tools of Audism...

This commentary is about what audists used as tools of audism to intimidate deaf children and adults in the 19th and 20th century. It might be happening in the 21st century. It stresses on the need of better leadership, better advocacy and better education to improve the needs of deaf community.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Audism: Clerc and Veditz did experience it...

I have been reading "WHEN THE MIND HEARS by Harlan Lane. I see that Laurent Clerc made some comments about how hearing people behaved towards the deaf people in his day. It shows that hearing people have tendency to "control" deaf people for centuries.

Laurent Clerc made those comments about how hearing people behaved:

"I know what is going on. Important people , distinguished gentlemen, are repudiating the cause to which I have devoted my life. Endowed with the sacred trust of my people's welfare, they seek, without consulting us, to prevent our worship, marriage, and procreation, to stultify our education, and to banish our mother tongue simply because our way and our language are different from theirs."

"Meanwhile-language must come once again to my aid. It has always been my weapon to fight evil, my vessel to fill minds thirsting for knowledge, my lure to solicit relief. It must serve me grandly one last time and cast such a brilliant light on the history of present injustices that their perpetrators will cringe and their victims rally."

"I am impelled by the present threat to the well-being, dignity and freedom of my people to tell our story, one that I have lived almost from its beginning: how we gathered in France and in other European lands and then in America; how our language spread throughout Europe and crossed the Atlantic; the great struggle to create schools for us, in which it was my lot to play a leading role. It is a story of builders: of an abbe' rejected by the Church who established the education of an entire class rejected by society; of a deaf shepherd who achieved international acclaim by personifying what such an outcast class can achieve through education; of a frail New England pastor who channeled the love of a little deaf girl into a mighty force that has created a first college in the world for that class. It is also a tale of destroyers: of a zealous physician who put mock science ahead of true humanity; of a haughty nobleman who imposed his will on the deaf, knowing, he believed, what was best for them but knowing, in fact, none of them; of a professional reformer who sought to recast entire classes of society in his own image."

Also George Veditz did experience with AG Bell when he refused to donate to NAD.

Watch my video about Clerc's and Veditz's comments -



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Missouri DMH is inducted in Deaf Hall of Shame!

Since the Deaf Community filed lawsuit against Missouri Department of Mental Health some months ago, DMH has turned deafer, dumber and stupider than before! They have done NOTHING to this date. Here is an incident that makes them open for more lawsuits.

During a recent e-mail discussion, I got this reply from DMH Office -

"I am unavailable to reply to emails at this time. The Office of Deaf and
MutilCultural Mental Health Services do not provide individual assistance to
access to mental health services.

If there is a life threatening emergency, call 911.

"If you are seeking mental health services, please consult the following links
for help with locating and contacting providers of DMH psychiatric or substance
abuse treatment or services for people with developmental disabilities:

For mental health or psychiatric crisis or to request services, individuals
can use TTY, video relay or voice to call the ACI CRISIS LINE for your local

For individuals who require treatment for alcohol or drug use, you can
review a directory of providers with contact information

For persons with a developmental disability. please contact the appropriate
DD Regional Office as identified on the map at"

I checked out all links they provided.

230 offices around Missouri for hearing people! Wowee! That's a lot!

no tty or vp listings at all

all are fax and voice numbers -

It shows how callous they are towards the Deaf Community.

Now it is time to induct Missouri Department of Mental Health into the Deaf
Hall of Shame!

Shame on DMH!

My trip to KY DeaFestival 2010 at Horse Cave, KY

I took a trip to Louisville to spend the weekend there. I took a trip down to Horse Cave, KY to attend the DeaFestival event. It was fun seeing old friends and making new friends. I got to see more entertainers there. Nice selection of events and programs to watch. Pinky was there. Peter Cook was there. Roger Vass was there. CJ was there. Robert DeMayo was there. and many more.

Then I went back to Louisville for the evening. I enjoyed the trip and stopped off to explore French Lick in Indiana. A friend was showing me the architecture of the old hotel. I was fascinated by its odd design and the layout. It made me want to write a mytery novel about that place. Should I? *grinning*

A Friendly reminder - Louisville, KY is the site of NAD Conference in 2012 as well as DeaFestival 2012. I am eager to go there and I want to reserve a hotel now! Can't wait to visit the bluegrass country again!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Please read George Veditz's lips!

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All the debate about using voice, please read George Veditz's lips throughout the less than 15 minutes of his presentation.

This is PURE ASL!

ASL in its divine right is the language we cherish!

Thanks to Gallaudet University Archives for the use of the video.

Please take your (spoken) voice elsewhere!

So it happens? ASL Advocates are right...The Gallaudet Campus is a sacred ground for American Sign Language since its founding It has no place for audism, oralism and anything pertaining to false facades of oralism.

With the recent debate on using voice to communicate with the deaf community, it can be joke one way or another. I remembered speaking to deaf audience without signing and using my voice. It did not work out as my voice may not be perfect. Interpreters may have misinterpreted... I never hear my own voice so who cares. Whether it be good or bad, I do not mind. If my hearing peers can understand me, that is great. If they were not sure, they should have spoken up sooner. They should not have let the issue remain unsolved. Communication is a two way street!

So back to Gallaudet Campus, it is a sacred ground since the 1860's...many deaf leaders have passed through the halls of Gallaudet including Laurent Clerc, George Veditz, Robert MacGregor and many others. It would be very considerate if anyone on the campus would choose to use sign language first.

Staring at the picture above with Reverend Thomas H. Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell, this is a proof of the beginning of American Sign Language and how he went to bring Laurent Clerc to the new world in 1816.

So I tell anyone who wants to use voice to stop jowling and use sign language please! Let the interpreters be your voice and accept the dignity of the deaf culture to use American Sign Language when communicating to the Deaf community.

and also more credits to Sophia Fowler Gallaudet - the wife of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and mother of Edward Miner Gallaudet. More information about Sophia can be seen at

So considerably please take your (spoken) voice elsewhere!