Audism Free America (AFA), a grassroot organization, has been going after any oral affiliated organizations that promote audism, especially Alexander Graham Bell Organization. However, I am not going to waste much of this space by promoting AFA's mission. You can find more information by going to either their website, http://audismfreeamerica.blogspot.com/, join their Facebook group or follow @endaudism in Twitter.
Before I go on, I have the need to post this:
The reason is clear. I'm obviously pissed.
They attended to rally at the recent EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention) Conference in St. Louis, MO. I understood their reason for their appearance at the EHDI and wanted the changes in the system for Deaf babies and children.
Sounds good? Sure, but that's not the reason why I'm pissed about.
They went to two oral deaf programs and a Children's Hospital where cochlear implantation occurred. They waltzed into school (the Moog Center) and the hospital, specifically on the floor where cochlear implant activation is. There are video being released into public. The one, in particular, about the tour in the hospital has been set into private after AFA received an outcry from the public. Go figures.
This ENDS with me. Period.
These school and hospital grounds are off-limit to any political activities. Some blogs, written by hearing parents of deaf children, had exhibited their feelings about AFA's appearances. Reading their responses and thoughts was heartwrenching. Some information was incorrect, but that was not the point. My one and only fear was confirmed. AFA's tactics, poorly planned and done without class, are driving these parents away from us and drove into the hands of those hands who embraced them with options of language development for Deaf babies and children, that may be with ASL or without ASL.
So, I'm asking my readers and friends to go "Rush Limbaugh" on them by withdraw your support for AFA. Of course, I'm not twisting your arm here, but it constitutes a community accountability action.
There, I've said it. Writing is a therapy after all.