The nature of the blog is that it is an online journal of sorts. From time to time, it is fine to journal about someone else’s journal. Last week, another blogger blogged about an article I wrote for Hearing Loss Magazine. The blog entry written by Shane Feldman can be found here.
Several people have written to me and asked for a response. I think the first part of my response may surprise some when I say that I found Shane Feldman’s writing to be very reasonable and articulate. He makes his arguments well, and has some good points.
I have no intention of going point by point through the blog entry. The main issue is that there are organizations and groups in the country who are confusing state and federal policy makers by stating or implying that if you provide sign language interpreting, then all 31 million people who have a hearing loss have access. I think this point was missed in the DeafDC Blog.
It is unethical to increase program and service funding using statistics made up primarily of a group of people you never intend to help at all, or provide token assistance. I am sure it makes the funding case stronger, but it is oppressive to the service and program needs of people who wish to maximize their residual hearing using technology and other strategies, and continue to verbally communicate.