Sep 29, 2020
[Subtitles available in English & Spanish | Subtítulos disponibles en español y inglés]
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A text insert appears: Paula’s Story, An Approach to System Change. Paula, a white woman, signs.
I like to quote Maya Angelou, where she says; “When people know better, they will do better.” That truly describes our approach, of how we address the systems in place that present barriers for us.
We’ll often reach out and meet with those systems to initiate dialogue and start the education process. We then introduce them to positive role models. We’re a powerhouse when it comes to advocacy and we also believe deaf people can do anything. So we have a responsibility to change the world.
As deaf folks, if people don’t know about us, it’s then our responsibility to educate them and once they know, then they become responsible for what they do with that knowledge.
So sure, belief systems are hard to change, but through modeling, through educating, gathering together and creating partnerships, we are able to divulge our needs and at the same time show that we are equals, just like anyone else.
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“This video was developed under a jointly-funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) #HD326D160001. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the federal government.”
Next to it, three logos appear. The first reads “IDEAs that Work” with an arrow drawing a circle from “IDEAs” to “Work” and the words “U.S. Office of Special Education Programs”. The second logo shows a red-and-blue star with text next to it that reads “TA&D”. The third logo shows a blue circle around a tree. In the blue circle are the words “U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.”
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