Barry, How could you discount the existence of A U D I S M from what many deaf people often face in their lives? You seems telling us that there are no such thing like "audism".
FYI, DBC or the Deafhood lectures NEVER tell us to form the collective mentality like the ant or bee colony to be DEAF. The Deafhood philosophy is to urge deaf people to explore their self-identity as a deaf person, not clique themselves to be an expectational minority.
From what you learned from the Nevada task force on disability was purely the political strategy to string up and convince the lawmakers for political purpose for the passage of
legislation. Nothing to do with the self-identity based on language and cultural formation.
Deafhood is not the strategy to tell deaf people to be part of the collective group to think
and behave conformity. You seems instill the ideal of conformity within your own family
and other people to co-exist with your own personal philosophy.
I personally am very disappointed with the Deaf Bilingual Coalition (DBC) and Audism Free America (AFA) from how they run the organizations. I greatly support their concepts of what they are doing to do, but not with their organizational effectiveness to make the real impact and change things how they are.
I assume that you feel resentful toward DBC or other organizations of the deaf do not take you seriously as a political strategist. I could see that you are not deafened yourself pretty much to the personal experience and philosophical movement of deaf activism.
AUDISM DO EXIST! You are partly right that the society at large needs to take a look at us as individual, not the generalization of who and what we are all about. We do have our names, instead of saying "That deaf black person with potbelly!", etc.
I also agree with Carl Schroeder aka Kalaku's Korner for your absurdity and illogical term use of "deafless". Every of us know the frightening and scary "headless horseman" from the classic American short story, "Sleepy Hollow". I guess that you are Mr. Crane character whose usually dismiss the existence of "headless horseman" until he met his own fate in the end. Refer to the dismissal of "headless horseman" within the existence of A U D I S M.
You are somewhat an entertaining and interesting deaf vlogger/blogger which I do find you to be real fascinating. I would not mind of meeting you someday.
Why would I write this blog posting, instead of leaving my comment on your vlogsite? I basically do not trust you after you censored and altered my comments in the past. Or delete particular comment and leave another comment of mine to leave such an impression that I am in total agreement with you.
That's why I hardly leave comments on your blog/vlogsite. You always have your own agenda what the deaf society should be. I am not a hit man for the DBC or AFA or anyone else. Caspice?
Robert L. Mason (RLM)