Submit Reunifying/Healing Essays Here!

Posted on 3 December 2006. Filed under: Submit Your Essays! |

Judging by the tenor of many blogs and comments in the deaf blogging sphere, many individuals on all sides of the Gallaudet protests still retain a great deal of anger and bitterness. How can we move toward healing our community, and defusing this anger, in a way that avoids finger-pointing, blame games, and personal attacks? How can we reunify the wider Gallaudet community, both on campus and off, in a way that invites and embraces diversity of opinion–including different perspectives and attitudes toward the protests? How can we all help create a climate where people on all sides of the protests re-learn how to listen to each other with respect–even if they don’t necessarily agree?

Please write up an essay with your thoughts on this theme and submit it to me for publication on this blog! You can email your submission to ashettle (at)

If you don’t say otherwise, I will assume you prefer to be anonymous. But of course, I’m always delighted to give credit where it is due.

Before you submit your essay, you may want to read my very first, “welcome” post and also the “About Reunify Gally” page to make sure you understand the general purpose of this blog.

If you’re stuck on essay ideas, then check out my earlier appeal for guest bloggers and also my appeal for jointly-written essays. But please don’t feel constrained by the suggestions listed in these posts.

(In case it wasn’t already obvious: I don’t want to type my exact address because I don’t want to be targeted by spammers harvesting my address. My email is already 90 percent spam, and I don’t care for that to increase to 99%. Just convert the (at) to the at sign @ and put it all in one word!

Email me at: ashettle (at)

I suggest including the words “Reunify Gally” or the like in your subject line, along with whatever additional key words you think are relevant to your email.


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I chose “Multiple Oppression and the Disabled People’s Movement” By Ayesha Vernon. This article discuss about being “the disabled Others” and the concept, simultaneous oppression. This interests me because of my experience as a deaf person raised the Hearing way. When I first become aware of struggle against the Hearing norm, I was too oppressed by the Deaf, so I am keen to discover how Vernon used rhetoric to brazen out ‘layered’ oppressions and reasoning out from enmeshed social fabric.

She narrates the prime assumptions of racism are not experienced in isolation from disablism or heterosexism, it is often compounded. It is hard to detect the source of exclusion in all situations, and this distinguishing difficulty itself is often used to dismiss the reality of multiple oppression actually exist. Vernon clearly points out that the everyday lives is complex and are interacted with relation to the normality, succinctly puts; that we live in society with sets of subdominant groups which defines ‘normality’ according to their own interest (Vernon 1998), that is a ‘normal’ characteristic one have, abide by to it, and ‘assert’ their privilege over others hence the ‘trickle down’ form of oppression takes place and thus creates a multiple oppression effect which renders any ‘differences’ one have, to take lower, invisible status.

Ayesha Vernon is a diasbled black woman, an independent researcher, maintains that the Social Model of disability as a valuable dissertation; however criticises it being insensitive and exclusive in its discourse to various identities disabled people hold..

I like her concise and sometimes convoluting style of dialogue which serve to capture attention about what impacts as a multiple-layered oppression and in how and what ways it takes place, making is real and relevant. I found Vernon’s writings have that “rhetorical strength” to criticise, potentially useful to challenge the ‘racism effect’ within the Deaf community towards deaf people.

In the world of deafness, the term equivalent to disablism is audism, it refers to placing priority on hearing and speaking as the only option. Hearing loss is seen as a personal tragedy. Proliferated is counter ideology called deafism, this refers to what is ‘right’ about being Deaf, where capital ‘D’ signifies a cultural connotion, also that sign language does not mimic English. Deafness is a communications disability, that itself is beyond scope of this review.

However, deafism has its own inherent intolerance towards many deaf people, like sneering at various attempts to sign by many deaf people, this cause deaf people to feel unwelcomed. This is largely because their Signs were mixed with manual English from schools, and or alienated from being from mainstream schools. This is not deaf people’s fault that the societal structure has placed priority on audism. Deafism intend to contest deafness, but often this reach to a compromise, so it manifested itself a distorted societal cloud which trickle down political rain, sometimes thunder and lightening against the majority of deaf people who are deaf. Prejudice, discrimination, is awful no matter who is perpetrating it. But when it is from your “own kind”, the betrayal hurts twice as much.

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