Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Is The Name of "Center for Hearing and Communication" Smack of Audism or What?

After seeing the announcement paper titled "Center for Hearing and Communication" as part of name change from the League for the Hard of Hearing (LHH) non-profit organization of the deaf just yesterday (Monday, March 23rd). The new organizational identity name seems smacks of institutional audism (AUDISM).

Don't you agree? Why can't this non-profit organization of the deaf simply call itself "Deaf/HH Center of NYC, ......) ". If any parents of deaf youngster or anyone deaf are looking for particular assistance or videophone distribution, etc. No one would be able to find the Center for Hearing and Communication right away after seeking for the organization serving deaf individuals, youngsters and parents of deaf children.

This center also proudly claim that they do offer the UNbiased audiological testings and advice. How they could be fully sure of providing the unbiased audiological testings?? Let's see and wait!

In the countdown to "Audism-Free America" Awareness on April 3rd, we ought to email the League for the Hard of Hearing (LHH) in New York City and other cities to re-consider the name change of this organization to more approriate and acceptable name like "Deaf/HOH Centre".

We have to roll up our sleeves and participate in the upcoming "Audism Free America" Awareness across the entire country and around the world to promote the dismantling of institutional audism within the American society at large.

Here is the email address of the League for the Hard of Hearing (LHH) - www.nyc@cityhall.nyc.gov

or send the snail mail - League of the Hard of Hearing
50 Broadway #6
New York City, New York

Please do not send any nasty or abusive email messages to the LHH. Just write a constructive email message if you strongly feel that the LHH/Center for Hearing and Communication lend such a pathological attitude toward deaf people in general and give the parents of deaf youngsters some misconceptions of what and who deaf people are all about. Thanks in advance.

ASLize yours,

Robert L. Mason (RLM)


  1. I used to live in NY. Even when LHH had that name, they were still an audist, oral-biased organization. The new name just reflects that audist orientation more clearly. Will try sending them an email, but doubt they will rethink themselves.

  2. Robert Alfred HawkinsMarch 24, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Bottom line. How was the name change effected? Vote by the board of this organization and whether the 51% majority is hard of hearing. If yes to both, you have no case here =)

  3. Don G.,

    The deaf and hearing staffers at LHHH outreach center in another state are really very nice and pleasant and delightful.

    Robert Alfred Hawkins,

    Y seems have a good point about the 51% of the deaf and hoh board decision if they consist that way.

    I will find out more when I have some substantiable time. Okay?

    Thanks to both of you, Don G. and RAH for your comments.