Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.


Deaf Daycare Center

A mother filed a lawsuit against a daycare center where her Deaf child are expected to learn lipreading and speech skills to be normal like anyone else but they became upset when her son learned ASL on the playgrounds. The court dismissed the case citing that the state already recognized ASL a language. Psychologists agreed that the Deaf often removes their cochlear-implants once they become of legal age, "Yes, it's true that parents have their rights to choose the mode of communication but it's the opinion of the court to decide what's best in the interests the Deaf child, and recommended that he be transferred to the state school and parents participate in an ASL outreach program that's available to them. Social skills, not speech, is a critical element to living within our community, not to be detached from our oppressive society..The parents decided not to appeal the case, to accept their Deaf child, realizing that God may  have a purpose. 

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