This note is to let you know that DeafRead Team is keeping a close eye on comments among the bloggers and vloggers regarding the future of DeafRead.And so I'm thinking, what will DeafRead list of bloggers look like at the end of this year? What will the make-up be like one year later? Two years later? Three? And suppose we get more deaf people who do not use ASL and are a part of DeafRead's aggregator v/blog list who may want to come to the next DeafRead blogger/vlogger conference? What if they get nominated and are the winner? Will they be refused communication access not knowing what is being said at the conference when everybody is signing? After all, isn't the number one issue among deaf and hard of hearing people is equal communication access? And suppose DeafRead host another conference and does not accomodate deaf non-ASL b/vlogger at the next conference supposing they are one of the nominated v/blogger? Will that make them hypocrites when it comes to equal communication access for all deaf and hard of hearing people? The majority of deaf and hard of hearing people are not Deaf.
I appreciate your calm tone and your message is well thought-out.
We hope to have more dialogue on this issue with the people who will be at the conference this weekend. DeafRead is a moving target and we can change with time.
It IS a myth that just because a person is deaf or hard of hearing they know how to sign. Most of them do not know sign language or ASL and prefer to speak and listen with the help of their hearing aids and cochlear implants.
The real question for DeafRead is whether they are "deaf-centric" involving every deaf and hard of hearing members (including Deaf members) who want to be a part of that aggregator list or "Deaf-centric" involving only a specific group of people and employ hypocrisy on equal communicaton access? But with the upcoming conference they seem to want to prefer the latter because it'd be a "Deaf dominated place" kind of thing. Let's hope not for the sake of real unity and acceptance for all kinds of deaf and hard of hearing people.