Please take the time to read Katie Hosmer’s message, a Deaf Ed student at MSU, and come and show your support tomorrow!
From Katie Hosmer:
TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 20, from 8 – 9 a.m. in room 443 of the Hannah Adminstration Building, a few members of the Deaf community are meeting with DEAN Carole Ames and PROVOST Kim Wilcox – the two people ultimately responsible for making the decision to cut the programs. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
“Your support by showing up and standing in the background will speak loud volumes.” – Natalie Grupido, MSD teacher, Deaf community member
Please, please come to this meeting. It’s time we were given answers, and this is where it’s happening. (Please arrive a few minutes early so we can maximize our time in the meeting)
Also, for a brief summary of the Board of Trustees meeting and rally this past Friday, please click on the “Discussions” tab in the group, Keep Deaf-Ed Major at MSU.
Thank you and I truly hope to see as many of you as possible join us tomorrow morning!
An interview with Celeste Johnson on the closure of Deaf Education and ASL classes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8Ei5JFNsF4
Celeste Johnson was interviewed by two TV stations, but they never made it to the news. However, one person who attended the Board of Trustees meeting in support of opposing the closure of Deaf Education and ASL classes taped the entire interview. Dale, who taped the interview, also taped the speeches during the public comments; however, it is difficult to see the interpreter at a distance and as soon as the video is available with captions, it will be posted so that everyone can view the speeches given by Celeste Johnson and Sheryl Emery, DODHH director.
Thank you, Dale, for taping the interview!
Note: Jeannette Johnson has posted a blog about her mother being interviewed: http://deafpundit.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/interview-about-msu-deaf-education-program/
This is the message Katie Hosmer, MSU Deaf Ed student, wants you to read and be there at the ASL rally tomorrow! Please see previous post for ASL rally information. Thanks! ~ MDC Committee
Everyone, the time has come to make drastic changes in our campaign to save deaf education and American Sign Language at Michigan State University.
As I’ve said before, MSU administrators seem to have made up their mind. They have already begun closing American Sign Language courses DESPITE the fact that we were told they would be open at least another year. Is it because of low enrollment? NO! ASL classes at MSU are overflowing with students!
Signs are posted all over campus saying, “Take a Less Commonly Taught Language at MSU!” with Tagalog, Thai, and Uzbek as just a few of the options. So if they claim that they cannot afford ASL because of low enrollment… I think we’ve got some issues here.
Oh, and did you know? Rumor has it, MSU officials are claiming that American Sign LANGUAGE is NOT a “real” language. As we all know, ASL IS INDEED a “real” language that is rich in cherology (phonology), morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. ASL is able to show past tense, negation, questions, and commands. It has the capacity to be acquired naturally and express and thought or idea. Therefore, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IS A REAL LANGUAGE!!
Not to mention, American Sign Language is the THIRD most commonly used LANGUAGE in the United States. THIRD.
So if it’s not about money…how many people use ASL… or whether or not it is a “real” language…then WHAT IS IT ABOUT?!
I’ll tell you what.
INJUSTICE. DISCRIMINATION. IGNORANCE. AUDISM.
We’re done asking MSU, “WHY?” We know why. It’s time to show them what a HUGE MISTAKE they are making.
So where will you be on the morning of Friday, April 16, 2010? Please, join us in our FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!
ALSO!! – On Tuesday, April 20, from 8 – 9 am we will be meeting with Provost Kim Wilcox and Dean Carole Ames, the people ultimately responsible for the decision to close the program. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Thank you everyone!!
It has been brought to our attention that the MSU officials are claiming that American Sign Language is not a real language! They have already begun closing ASL courses, when students were told they would be open for at least another year.
This calls for urgency actions from the Deaf Community and Deaf Organizations, as well as attending the ASL rally at MSU this Friday to show our concerns and objections to their ignorance and misinformation on our language and culture, as well as shutting down the Deaf Education Program/ASL classes.
Jeannette Johnson explains in details, both in ASL and English on her v/blog, “National Trend Of Eliminating ASL Classes?”
Download the ASL Rally Flyer: ASL Rally Flyer. Please share with your friends and family. You may make your own posters and bring your friends to the rally!
ASL Rally on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=340858637335&ref=mf
ASL Rally at MSU:
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Where: Hannah Administration Building, MSU Campus
East Lansing, MI
Any questions or concerns regarding the rally, please feel free to contact Kassandra Darling,
Michigan Deaf Association, Inc will be holding a board meeting in Flint.
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Flint Association of the Deaf
4156 Holiday Dr
Flint, MI 48507
Click here for directions to FAD.
Feel free to come and observe. Public comments also will be allowed (in the afternoon, after the old business and officers’ reports).
Contact: Harold Core 517-241-3986
Agency: Civil Rights
March 1, 2010
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will host a public forum on disparities in access to quality health care on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in the Capital Area Michigan Works Building, 2110 S. Cedar Street in Lansing, Michigan. The forum will follow a formal meeting of the Commission beginning at 3:00PM in the same location.
The forum offers an opportunity for members of the Commission and the general public to learn about the barriers that Michigan residents face when seeking health care, especially those barriers related to race, religion, sex, age, physical and mental disabilities, color, national origin, or marital status. The Commission is interested in part because of the link between prevention and early detection and positive health outcomes following serious illness.
“Access to health care is particularly important because so many other things we enjoy in life – work, family, freedom, personal interests – all depend on the foundation of good health. Good health care helps to assure our quality of life,” said Civil Rights Commissioner Lisa Peeples-Hurst.
In addition to testimony from invited experts, the Commission is also asking for testimony from individuals who have experienced barriers to quality health care for discriminatory reasons. The general public is encouraged to attend both the meeting and the forum.
For more information on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, please visit www.michigan.gov/mdcr. A sign Language Interpreter will be present.
From Katie Hosmer, MSU Student:
Looks like we’re back in business! Sorry for the repetition…
1. SHOW UP TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
This Friday at 9:30, the Board of Trustees will be meeting on the fourth floor of the Admin building at MSU. Come at 8:30 and bring your signs!
At 9:00 we’ll head up to the meeting. It is imperative that as many of us show as possible—the BoT must know that this is important for Deaf and signing communities in Michigan! Stay if you can for three wonderful speakers:
Scot Pott, President of the MDA
Melissa Rich, representative of the Deaf community
Natalie Grupido, an instructor at MSD
Bring friends! Park at Breslin, it’s cheaper. If you want to plan a carpool or need a ride, contact Katie Hosmer at email@example.com. We will try to make sure everyone who wants to be there can be there.
2. KEEP SENDING EMAILS
Keep up the email blitz! A trustee approached a working interpreter and mentioned they had never received so many emails in support of a program before… don’t slow down! Copy the following emails in to your mail client and send them a one sentence reason why they should keep the deaf ed program open!
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, RTurner@ClarkHill.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, MCTACMM@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. TALK TO A FRIEND
Talk to a friend who doesn’t know anything about sign language or deaf ed and explain how important this is. The more people we can get to show up to meetings, email the board, and spread the correct information the more likely we are to get MSU’s attention!
Also, sign up for our email list at
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