CDR/RCIL is fighting to protect the The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UN CRPD) because it is a vital affirmation of meaningful policies for people with disabilities, including the right to access, self determination and community living. At this time, the deaf community is asking everyone to stand with the National Association of the Deaf, among several other organizations and advocates, in my strong support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
For more information about this can be found at the below link:
By National Associationof the Deaf (NAD):
NAD’s PDF document can be download at below link:
By Deafhood Foundation:
Audism Free America:
For New York State our CDR/RCIL Capwiz is available for you at below link. On the second page is a text box for you to revise if you would like and it will send to New York State Senators:
If you would like to contact your senators can be found in the following link:
We would encourage you to revise the message to the next five (5) paragraphs:
The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities is a vital affirmation of meaningful policies for people with disabilities, including the right to access, self determination, language, culture and community living.
At the same time, we are asking you to support National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Because I stand with the NAD, among several other organizations and advocates, in my strong support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I am writing to you today to urge you to support the ratification of the CRPD. As your constituent, I request that you support the CRPD at the Committee meeting on July 26th, vote in favor of the treaty in Committee, and move it forward to a floor vote in the Senate.
We also suggest that language would ideally state that we recognize that the deaf community is a rich and varied one, many members of the deaf community choose to use sign language.
People with disabilities across America need to be included in leadership discussions on disability rights–the CRPD gives us the chance to do that. Without the CRPD, the US will have no ability to engage in meaningful international policy development that will affirm the human rights of people with disabilities.
Some history for viewers to read and think about:
Not only the independent living are suffering but the deaf community as well. Often deaf will not feel that they are disabled because they have a culture and language connections that many other disabilities do not have.
The medical model community are going against every disabled person in the community. The disability community want to live in the community just like everyone instead of getting stuck in nursing homes. The deaf community want to be left alone as an individual to respect their culture and language. While industries are saying that deaf people do not know what is best for themselves. A good video can be found below:
In that video above, David Reynolds, California, asks a EHDI person named Karl White some questions. He challenged if the deaf people have rights to their own language and culture. Karl White says no because only medical professionals have that rights.
I would like to ask each of you how often does the doctors and schools know what is best for your children. Today, I even had my own mother say that she can not trust the schools and doctors anymore. She said after she saw the results from how I was raised until today. She now knows that I would have been way better without the medical models that the schools and doctors tried to push her to follow. She now refuses medical treatments on hearing in her late ages for that reason. Does that tell you something?
This doctors and schools concept is wrong! Deaf people for years have been trying to help families and medical faculities that ASL is the way for all children. It is the rights for every child because it helps ensure that they get full information. Today, no technology is yet perfect enough. We can see the results today. Although people still deny.
I ask you to support the CRPD as it is already without making additional changes and to follow what NAD is doing at this time.
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)