No no.. maybe not literally ‘stealing’ our language.. but just a short time ago I was watching a program on animal planet (channel 54) and a advertisement came on…
I guess I was still keenly aware of this in the aftermath of Amy’s recent Vlog but …
guess what the ad was showing?
Babies. Several babies sitting in a circle and surrounded by happy, smiling mothers. The mothers were sitting on there knees, gesturing and encouraging their little darlings to sign.
Yes.. sign! Hearing babies and mothers using baby signs to communicate their needs.
What really gets me is when the spokeswoman (assuming this is the ‘owner’ of the program - for lack of a better way to put it) was talking about the program and its success. She actually used the word ‘enpowering’ when applied to the babies getting their needs met.
*shaking head here*
Maybe I am touchy on this.. but I can see how easy it would be for someone to learn the basis signs and turn it into a profit and help others at the same time. I’d bet my bottom dollar that if such a person was to encounter a Deafie, she’d be completely lost.
When I see the hearing mothers sitting in a circle around their children, their faces happy and smiling, my thoughts ran over this: If they only knew the history of speech therapy victims’ histories… being denied access to other options of communication, be it ASL or other forms of sign.
Where was enpowerment back when we needed it?