Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Alliance for Deaf Children Petition to the White House

Hello everyone,

It's been so long since I have posted, but life happens. Then today, I find out there is a petition to the White House requesting that President Barack Obama and the rest of the federal government recognize American Sign Language as a language and as the language of instruction for deaf babies and children. This petition was put together by the Alliance for Deaf Bilingual Children. It was brought to my attention in an e-newsletter from the Deaf Bilingual Coalition. In order to be recognized for consideration by the White House, there needs to be 25,000 signatures. They only need another 8000+ to reach that goal, and I am calling on all of you readers (regardless how few there really are on this little blog) to do your part and show your support for the Deaf community by telling the government that deaf children should be ignored and misled no longer. I will post a link at the end of this rant. It will require you to sign up for a whitehouse.gov account, but it seems to just be a way for them to account for signature verification. i just did it myself and it took only a minute.

I cannot stress the importance for this enough. We live in a country where signing for hearing babies has become a popular option for many parents, yet all this time and historically it has not been considered appropriate for deaf children (go Audism). Many schools for the deaf refuse to recognize ASL as their language of instruction. Nearly every audiologist in the country makes no referral of deaf children and their parents to meet someone who is culturally deaf so that they can learn about more than just assistive hearing technologies like hearing aids and cochlear implants. Audism such as this has created a gross imbalance in what parents of deaf children receive for information on all the options available to them. ASL and the Deaf community almost never get equal representation. This petition could be a huge first step in laying a foundation for equality to be built upon.

As I mentioned earlier, I could not say enough in support of this petition. I hope what I have said is enough to help you seriously consider clicking the following link and sign the petition. Here is the link


Please show your support!

Until next time,

R. M.


  1. R.M. Fraser...I tried to sign the petition which took me to another web site...The White House or something....but could not sign for some ridiculous reason...Anyway, the organization took $19.95 out of my checking accoutn I think for a background check. I did NOT SIGN UP FOR THAT. I will never sign another petition again. My parents were deaf and that is why I wanted to sign this petition. I dont know the website, but you probably do. Please help me to get my money back!

    Dorothy Biddle dotbob1951@comcast.net

  2. Why did i have to choose a profile? This is ridiculous. Please help me get my money back.

  3. Anonymous, I assume the same person posted both. I cannot help you get your money back unfortunately. The link takes you to the White House website, and they want you to create an account to ensure no one signs the petition twice. But no where in the process should you have been asked to pay any money for anything. All the account requires is your first and last name, as well as your email address. I'm sorry you had such a negative experience, and i wish I could assist you. I fear you may have just accidentally clicked the wrong thing during the process. Perhaps there is a contact link on the website somewhere. You can always use that contact info to explain the situation and see how they respond. Worst that can happen is that they say nothing or refuse to help. No different than where you're at now.