Posts Tagged ‘Deaf Community’

MSU Deaf Ed Student: It’s Not Over…

April 19, 2010 2 comments

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!


Interview About MSU Deaf Education Program

April 19, 2010 1 comment

An interview with Celeste Johnson on the closure of Deaf Education and ASL classes:

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:

MSU Deaf Ed Student: PLEASE READ!

April 15, 2010 2 comments

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.


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!!

MSU Officials: American Sign Language is NOT a “real” language

April 14, 2010 8 comments

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:

ASL Rally at MSU:
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Time: 8:30am
Where: Hannah Administration Building, MSU Campus
East Lansing, MI

Any questions or concerns regarding the rally, please feel free to contact Kassandra Darling,

Meeting Announcement – DODHH Rules and Regulations

Dear members of the Deaf Community,

Please attend this important meeting on Thursday Friday if you are able to because it is related to the procedures and regulations of the new interpreter law and your input/comment are critical for them to hear from you during the public comments – as well as sharing information with the Deaf Community on what went on during the meeting.

Thank you,

Click to download the flyer (pdf format): DODHH – March 26 Rules Meeting Public Announcment pdf doc

If you cannot open the document:

DATE: March 17, 2010
TO: Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, Interpreter and Hearing Community
FROM: Sheryl D. Emery, M.A.
Director, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SUBJECT: DODHH Rules and Regulations meeting – March 26, 2010

Meeting Announcement – DODHH Rules and Regulations

DODHH Rules and Regulations committee meeting for
PA 204, The Deaf Persons’ Interpreter Act

** Meeting documents will only be available for download at in the “Events” section **

****New Location & Time****

Date: March 26, 2010
Time: 8:30AM – 2:00PM
Location: Peckham Headquarters
2nd Floor – Beech/Oak rooms
3510 Capital City Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48906-2012
** Located on the grounds of Lansing Capital City Airport**

Public comment will be heard on the afternoon agenda, time limits for comments will apply.
**Please note that public comment for this meeting is not the formal public comment that will occur during the formal public hearing of the rules draft.

Please be aware that there may be limited public seating at the meeting location and the committee lunch hour is closed to the public. There is a full service cafeteria onsite.

Sign language interpreters and real time captioning (CART) will be provided. Should you need additional reasonable accommodations for the meeting, please contact the DODHH at 877-499-6232 no later than March 23, 2010.

MDA Board of Directors Meeting, March 27, 2010 – Open To Public

March 23, 2010 2 comments

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).

Civil Rights Commission to Host Public Forum on Disparities in Access to Quality Health Care

March 16, 2010 2 comments

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 A sign Language Interpreter will be present.