Now the election is over and we will need to keep an ever vigilant eye upon our elected officials. If you voted, your hands/voice counts. We cannot stand silently and idly by, our jobs done, wash our hands off and whichever idiom aptly fits.
That said, our jobs in whichever role we are placed in is never done. With the election, it brings forth several roles that come into play when making a decision: a mother, a deaf person, a teacher and a Hoosier American. That is what a republic democracy is all about. Tough job isn't it?
As a mother, I am naturally concerned about the future of my children and as a deaf person, the future of deaf children, especially when they do not have the freedom and linguistic rights which their hearing peers have. Amy Efron Cohen's "The Greatest Irony" (video) says it all. "The Mask of Benevolence" written by Harlan Lane, written in 1995, remains ever valid today, almost 20 years later.
As a teacher, students' quality of education is critical and with Ritz at the helm, I foresee bringing back of fun and learning for the real world instead of testing. The quality of education is not only limited to teaching, it extends to availability of resources and access to materials.
This does not end here. I need to also take in account the economic factor here. The Republic view on economics and finances is something I endorse; however, the party is priggish when it comes to hiring deaf people and people with disabilities. Thus this manner allows dependence on social programs, not fostering contribution to fiscal independence. Which is what most of us want: to work and have choices that fit our needs, either collectively or as an individual.
Am I afraid for the present? The future? Whether as a human or as a Hoosier-American, I am. I must remain ever vigilant, will you be with me?
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.