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.


Signing Santa

A Deaf Santa Claus once had a little young deaf girl sitting on his lap, begging that she get an ASL book under the tree, that her parents accepts her deafness, and allows her to play with her Deaf friends at the neighborhood parks, and go to their school upstate. "I love to pretend that I'm a princess but I want to stop pretending that I'm hearing." Also she mentioned that she got a cochlear-implant last Christmas, not the Barbie she wanted." The Deaf Santa, signing, promises her that she will get her Barbie this year." The parents, in a fit of rage, pulled her away and complained to the mall management that the Deaf Santa was signing and it should be forbidden. The manager agrees to call authorities to take care of the situation, a social worker from the Child Protection Service (CPS) visited the parents home that evening and took custody of the young deaf girl and placed her with a Deaf foster family that uses ASL, after receiving a tip of emotional abuses in her household.     

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