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The Deaf Bilingual Coalition responds to HEAR Indiana and "Doing Deaf Differently"
Date:11/10/2008

In response to a recent press release put out by HEAR Indiana, the Deaf Bilingual Coalition expresses its dismay in regard to the wording of the headline which shows great disrespect to the Deaf Community by using the phrase: "Doing Deaf Differently." The Deaf Bilingual Coalition, Indiana Chapter, will hold an informational rally in support of American Sign Language and ASL-English bilingualism on Friday, November 14, 2008, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., outside the Garrison Hotel and Conference Center located at 6002 N. Post Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216, which is located in Fort Harrison State Park.

(PRWEB) November 10, 2008 -- In response to a recent press release put out by HEAR Indiana--a chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, which is hosting an education conference in Indianapolis, Indiana--the Deaf Bilingual Coalition expresses its dismay in regard to the wording of the headline which shows great disrespect to the Deaf Community by using the phrase: "Doing Deaf Differently." The Deaf Bilingual Coalition is a national grassroots organization supporting Deaf babies' rights to accessible language through American Sign Language.

The theme of the conference is "Building Partnerships," and a list of medical organizations and companies involved as sponsors of the event is included in the press release. The list of presenters includes one oral deaf presenter, but excludes Deaf organizations, well-known research specialists who are themselves Deaf, and also excludes Deaf bilingual-bicultural educators, and Deaf professionals.

While the organizers of the conference boast that they are "Building Partnerships," they are excluding creating partnerships with the very people who are most greatly impacted by
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