Wiping my tears… catching my breath here.
Edward Miner Gallaudet must be beaming with pride!
Edward Miner Gallaudet is a child of Deaf mother, Sophia Fowler Gallaudet, and hearing father, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.
E.M. Gallaudet was the first president of Gallaudet University, also known as Gallaudet College established in 1864.
Then, 152 years later,
Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano, is a child of Deaf parents, Waldo T. and Margaret Jean Cordano who graduated from Gallaudet University.
“Bobbi” Cordano is Gallaudet University’s 11th president starting on January 1, 2016.
Cordano, in behalf of Gallaudet University, released the position statement about American Sign Language and early language acquisition to dispel the myths that was perpetuated by Meredith Sugar, Esq., President of Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
President Cordano’s Statement, click here.
The best part of her statement is:
THE FUTURE IS HERE
We are at a new juncture in history, in which the critical mass of scientific discoveries allows us to state conclusively that there is no need to choose between languages – it is better to choose both languages. We now know that the need for ASL has not decreased, but is greater and more urgent than ever in order for deaf children to gain all possible biological, cognitive, and language advantages. Offering a deaf child both ASL and English, spoken and written, is the greatest gift anyone can give to that child, to the child’s family, and to our world.
No more THE GREATEST IRONY!
I WANT BOTH!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, President Cordano.
This is the best day of my life to witness this profound historical moment for me.
Amy Cohen Efron
I am so proud of our Deaf Communities nationwide! I was raised with 3 of the 4 benefits: ASL, English and speech except I am just now receiving auditory skills. I strongly urge such exposure for children and oyr communities as a whole. It is never too late to learn.
As a superb deaf oralist,….. but why I sign?
Many years took to train me to talk superbly to the hearing society, but unfortunately,….. not the other way around.
And I never achieve the level of Normal Interaction Communication Skills like hearing people,….reality, it was actually a one way street.
Finally at the age of 19, I learned American Sign Language at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. and was when I finally became a normal person having the ability to interact to another human being using ASL, hence, two way street.
Normal interaction communication skills was what I was intention-ally left out just hoping that I can talk like a hearing person, but not as a normal reality we see everyday.
AGBell organization need to stop destroying the truth about American Sign Language.
John F Egbert
Author of MindField book.
This thriller novel book tells how AGBell controls the US government when 3 million hearing people became deaf by the terrorist’s contagious meningitis type virus when it was released in USA.