AFA crossed the line, in my opinion, during their protest at EDHI last week. They picketed at the local schools. I believe this is inappropriate for many reasons. The first is that they were being aggressive. They were not expected at the schools. If they had made arrangements to visit the schools, they would have been welcomed. I know that because members of DBC had recently toured CID and expressed to me how impressed they were by the school and the kids. Second, at Moog, (you can see it in the video) they approached the kids. It is inappropriate to approach other people's children REGARDLESS of your hearing status! And lastly, this is one sure-fire way to make sure that parents run as far from the Deaf community as possible. You are showing that you are not welcoming, that you are angry, that you do not support our choices for our children. Parents from Miss Kat's school always ask us about how we are treated in the Deaf community and I have always been very open. I have said that in real life, the Deaf community has always been welcoming and supportive. That we are never had them be rude or say negative things about our choices for Miss Kat. (Unfortunately, the same can not be said for online.) But, this is apparently isn't the case for everyone. These people are seeking out opportunities to judge parents for their choices. Instead of being open and supportive, they are protesting against schools that these parents have lovingly chosen as being the best place for their child to learn and thrive, without bothering to ask why. Again, this is the best way to make sure that parents NEVER choose to expose their children to the Deaf community.
So, Miss Kat told me that she saw the protesters outside her school. She said that she asked her teacher why they were so mad. (She said that her teacher said she didn't know.) Miss Kat also said that her principal was scared. (How sad.) And Miss Kat's conclusion was that the protesters were jealous, that they wanted more kids to go to their school instead of her's. She was sad for them.
Here is a great blog from another mother of a child from one of the local schools. She goes over the issues beautifully and I have nothing more to add to it!