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.


Sex Education of the Deaf

"My worst fear is to be caught masturbating in the dormitory, being bullied when my friends discovered that I'm gay, and getting an abortion without my parents' knowledge," etc. Those are some of the the concerns of our Deaf youths in America according to a national task force studying sex education in our state schools. Our goals is to develop and updated  our current sex education curriculum to meet their needs. While some recommendations are controversial, parents still have the rights to opted out their Deaf child from the program. All dorm counselors are encouraged to take training as part of child development requirements to obtain their certification. Although it hasn't yet been finalized, these are the list of proposals under considerations.

1. A field trip to an abortion clinic.
2. Distribution of condoms in the dorm, each boy will be taught individually its proper uses.
3. School nurse to offer HIV testing to anyone who request it.
4. A tour of a local hospital maternity ward, and when possible, to observe a live birth.
5. An open discussion on masturbation, homosexuality, puberty, STD etc. .
6. Uncircumcised boys be taught to pull up their foreskins to clean their penises.
7.  "Show Me" graphic textbook in the elementary dorms.
8. A visit to a exhibition of Sally Mann's photography at a local gallery.
9. Skinny dippy in the school swimming pool.
10. Experience a Finnish sauna.
11. Deaf children weekend at a local nudist resort, participating in Greek games, body painting, etc.
12. Sexual abuse prevention.
13. Testicular self-examination.
14.  Conjugal rooms availability
15.  Exposure to pornography materials,etc.
Our task force will be accepting inputs from the general public until September 22, contact us at  555- DEAFSEX. Governmental and foundation grants allows us to conduct this research and we'll finalized  our research after we held a public hearing on the matter.   

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