I am sharing my experience what happened when I was invited to show up earlier this morning at the Adventist hospital in Clackamah for a candidate forum event.
This concerns me to no end. This is not a fair, transparent and accessible race. This is not Democracy. See, this issue is complicated more than providing “reasonable accommodations” when able bodied with hearing privilege people assume that providing the minimum accommodations required by ADA is enough when it is not. To me, this wasn’t reasonable, our battle continues.
Other question I am now raising about this specific hospital where they are contracted with Passport Language ASL interpreter agency, this concerns me because first, Passport Language is not reliable with skilled ASL interpreters. This impacts Deaf patients when they request ASL interpreters in the ER. With unskilled ASL interpreters, this may cost a Deaf patient’s life. Second, from my experience, most hospitals offers VRI (Video Relay Interpreter technology) because it is convenient and cheaper when it is NOT effective. Third, the people on board who decides what is the best options accommodations for Deaf patients are the people who are able-bodied with hearing privileges who have no clue and assume their position for their benefits, not Deaf patients’ benefits. Again, VRI is NOT effective method of facilitating communication effectively between Deaf patients and doctors for several reasons. Internet issues. Quality of interpreters. Human disconnection which impacts the quality of conversing and many people at hospitals don’t even know how to use VRI properly. This is one of the biggest problem with healthcare where Deaf patients are concerned due to accessibility lacking.
This problem goes on because the people on board don’t bother think about hiring a Deaf representative on the board where accessibility is concerned. This is problematic and scary to think that hearing people on board are asserting their hearing privilege power over us as normalcy in our community, sadly. Ableism and Audism is real.
I am here to address accessibility issue here on many levels here in Portland because I worry about our Deaf community. I will fight for you. I do not want any Deaf person to experience what I suffered when this can easily be fixed. This is one of the many reasons why I am running for City Council. There is no other candidates for position 2, who truly understand this issue other than me because of my lived experience, expertise, and knowledge on this complicated issue.
While we have 70 million of Deaf people worldwide, we still to this day, face audism. One may ask what is audism? Audism is the notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or to behave in the manner of one who hears, or that life without hearing is futile and miserable, or an attitude based on pathological thinking which results in a negative stigma toward anyone who does not hear. Tom L. Humphries coined the term in his doctoral dissertation in 1975, but it did not start to catch on until Harlan Lane used it in his own writings. Humphries originally applied audism to individual attitudes and practices; whereas Lane broadened the term to include oppression of deaf people.
Ableism is discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities. Ableism characterizes persons as defined by their disabilities and as inferior to the non-disabled. On this basis, people are assigned or denied certain perceived abilities, skills, or character orientations. Discrimination faced by those who have or are perceived to have a mental disorder is sometimes called mentalism rather than ableism.
There are stereotypes associated with various disabilities. These stereotypes in turn serve as a justification for ableist practices and reinforce discriminatory attitudes and behaviors toward people who are disabled. Labeling affects people when it limits their options for action or changes their identity.
In ableist societies, people with disabilities are viewed as less valuable, or even less than human. The eugenics movement of the early 20th century could be considered an example of widespread ableism. The mass murder of disabled in the German Nazi Government’s Aktion T4 could be an extreme example of ableism.
Other definitions of ableism include those of Chouinard, who defines it as “ideas, practices, institutions, and social relations that presume able-bodiedness, and by so doing, construct persons with disabilities as marginalized… and largely invisible ‘others'”, and of Amundson and Taira, who define ableism as “a doctrine that falsely treats impairments as inherently and naturally horrible and blames the impairments themselves for the problems experienced by the people who have them”.
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