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June 2, 2009
Even though you
have already put your John Hancock on the State of Wisconsin bills supporting
the insurance coverage of cochlear implants and hearing aids under the age of
18 years old, we would like to take this opportunity in helping you gain
further perspectives of this sensitive matter from other Deaf persons living
outside of the state boundary of Wisconsin. Attached to this letter is a
copy of the article that is recently published in the May 2009 issue of ASL
Rose newsletter. For your information, the undersigned below are
co-owners of ASL Rose Company that specializes in the development of
ASL-English bilingual materials.
We recognize the
fact that it is so hard for any hearing person who is clueless about the Deaf
world to understand how Deaf people think and feel. Until one in a
position of authority becomes a good listener and learner to Deaf people's
concerns and pleas, progress made by hearing people for Deaf people would not
be effective and beneficial. Hearing people like yourself with no
connection to the Deaf world are generally phonocentric in thinking, believing,
and acting based heavily on sound. They couldn't imagine living without
sound and couldn't figure out Deaf learning and living other than their own. As
a frequent result, hearing people impose on Deaf people by pushing them to do
learning and living like hearing people. In this sense, hearing
people force Deaf people to do things impossible.
It is nothing to
be ashamed of making a mistake in your recent decision as long as you don't
make the same mistake again.
E. Lynn Jacobowitz, President of ASL Rose
Adonia K. Smith,
Vice President of ASL Rose