After viewing two "Audism Free America" rally videos provided by the AFA website. The hard questions about whether hearing pass-bystanders and drivers really understood the word - "Audism" without getting any fact sheets from demonstrators explaining more what it really meant.
Ironically, the month of April is to be the Month of Autism Awareness. That could be to our own advantages, too.
The Audism Free America and other deaf organizations needs to recruit the "test audience" like plucking hearing people from the street and ask them question(s) about any wordings on the rally poster and get the feedback how to improve and maximize the real impact on hearing pass-bystanders and drivers. So we could effectively educate the hearing society at large about what and why "audism" is a big concern, etc.
The Anti-Globalization demonstrators at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank and other kind of demonstrators effectively put the street theatres and life-large puppets on the street and caught the media's attention to the issue of the dangers of globalization.
We probably ought to put some words below AUDISM in very simple wordings without overwhelming the hearing pass-bystanders and drivers. We have to remmy that those hearing people just had less than a minute of glancing at the AFA rally posters.
For years, the Japanese automakers successfully marketed their small cars to individuals all over the world. Why??? The Japanese automakers always LISTENED and sat with various auto drivers in the rear seat and questions the drivers what the Japanese automakers could improve and satisfy the would-be customers and future drivers.
The American automakers were pretty arrogant and impulsive by making misassumptions about what the American customers wanted. Look at the high stockpiles of unsold American cars like the gas-guzzling Humvee and other kinds of cars across America! The American automakers hardly bother to sit down and listen to what the customer would benefit from real improvements.
Being a culturally deaf myself, I completely understand the word of "AUDISM". We have to be in the shoes of clueless hearing people about the meaning of "AUDISM" and make them care about our issue.
We also have to educate the media people, too and make them being the agent of change, too.
Many companies and entertainment industry especially film studios often recruit the test audience for marketing purpose and feedback. The film studios often change the endings of given film if the test audience strongly feel that the ending was too depressing or confused. In the end, the film studios successfully had the box office hits as opposite to the major flops.
I am NOT saying that the AFA rally last April 3rd to be any kind of flop or disaster. I praise the AFA people and demonstrators for their hard works. We need to win the minds and hearts of hearing people within the society at large to turn against the Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf (AGBell).
I meant to write "AUDISM, AUDISM, AUDISM WHAT???" article for major publications to educate the general public what "audism" really meant before the AFA rally, but I never did. I will do it anyway real soon.
EXCELLENT WORK, AFA PEOPLE AND DEMONSTRATORS AND DEAFREAD VIEWERS/READERS FOR RAISING THE AWARENESS ABOUT EVILS OF AUDISM!!
Robert L. Mason (RLM)