Where are our ASL Defenders?
As of 5:43pm, I was told that NAD is now in communication with HuffPost. NAD was alerted through Twitter/emails about our community’s response to Kia’s comment on The Deaf Edge’s blog.
Just found out that Huffington Post’s Kia Makarechi, who is an entertainment editor left a comment on The Deaf Edge’s blog focusing on the controversy around the music video with ‘ASL’ interpretation, which ended up incomprehensible to all ASL users. Go to Jeannette Johnson’s blog for more information.
This blog was one of the several blogs and vlogs published regarding this issue, and this kind of controversy captured HuffPo’s attention. On April 21, 2012, Kia Makarechi wrote her first comment acknowledging that this video does not adequately present American Sign Language, and will seek for experts for a follow up article.
Kia Makarechi on April 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm said:
Thank you for taking the time to write about the article. We apologize for any misinformation. We’ve added an editor’s note and will be consulting ASL experts and publishing a follow-up piece in the coming week.
Editor, HuffPost Entertainment
The note has been added here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/18/no-church-in-the-wild-asl-video_n_1434834.html
We were so delighted that HuffPo heard us, and we are hopeful and wondered how HuffPo will find experts.
I try to remain optimistic since American Sign Language is a bona-fide language, and there are plenty of people and/or organizations who could provide valuable information to HuffPo.
Until today, HuffPo’s Kia returned back to The Deaf Edge blog and wrote:
Kia Makarechi on April 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm said:
Sorry for more delays, but I actually wanted to reach out for some help on this matter. I’ve contacted the National Association of the Deaf, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and a few prominent schools for the deaf, and no one is willing to speak on the record about this video (though I have had some revelatory discussions off record). If someone can provide me with their email address, I’d like to email you about other prominent experts we can reach out to.
I’ve already interviewed the young man who made the video about his thoughts on the reactions, so we’re really just waiting on an expert from the ASL-speaking community. Thanks again for your patience.
W. T. F. ?
National Association of the Deaf is not willing to speak on the record? Check their mission statement here.
The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America.
Preserve and protect linguistic rights – which means our right to ASL. They won’t comment on the record? I thought they should defend our linguistic rights, our cherished language, American Sign Language!
Look at Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf’s mission statement:
“Support the Continued Growth and Development of the Profession”
It is the mission of RID to provide international, national, regional, state and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the profession of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English.
RID supports interpretation of ASL and English, and they want to continue the growth and development of the profession. This music video was done by ASL students who wants to show their ‘interpretation’ of the song, and RID will not comment on this? WE ARE ASL USERS and they make a living out of OUR LANGUAGE to provide interpretation services for all of people! They won’t comment on the record?
Few prominent schools for the deaf? They cannot comment on the record? They provide ASL instruction to their students and they won’t comment?
I am NAD member.
I use RID certified ASL interpreter.
I work at school for the Deaf.
Whenever I see ASL been attacked.
No one out there to defend American Sign Language?
Then, why am I a member of NAD?
Why am I using RID certified ASL interpreter?
Why am I working at the school promoting ASL?
Who will ever defend American Sign Language. Who can comment on the record that video is NOT American Sign Language? Who can help Huffington Post with their article?
How on the earth NAD, RID and few prominent schools for the deaf miss this valuable opportunity to MARKET American Sign Language?
Oh. My. God.
That leaves us, as individuals to take a stand and *SIGN* loudly that we WILL DEFEND AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE!
Amy Cohen Efron