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.
 

2018-12-07

Audism is a Fact of Life

We Deaf born into this world got to start living, and experience life as  it is, no matter what is happening in our society, whether it's here in America or in the third world countries. Audism is a fact of life, it's here, there, and everywhere. Audism existed at the dawn of man, perhaps thousands of years, if not millions, of years before AGB,  exists today, and will be with us forever. We are wasting our lives complaining about AGB, let get this straight, AGB is dead. There is a new generation of Deaf Americans that can lead us forward into the future, not backward into the past debating what occurs at Milan over a century ago, but what needs to be done to remove communication barriers in our neighborhoods, making it more accessible. Gallaudet is not the Deaf utopia, is that a factor why we are seeing students withdrawal from college, not willing to face reality. What's their excuses, unsafe campus, diversity issues, crime, and racism. So what, Gallaudet is a reflection of the world we live in. Our politicians has to deal with problems in our cities, our administrators has to deaf with problems in our classrooms, and we Deaf have to deal with problems in our communities. The choice is yours, you can just blame oppression, practicing existentialism or  you can start living, overcoming any obstacles in your way. Audism is a fact of life, so deal with it, rather than trying escape AGB's shadow. We Deaf ought to educate the public about audism, hell no, we don't see black people educating the public about racism so why should we.. It won't do any good, the laws in our hands, and prejudices are unacceptable and they know it. Being ignorant is not an excuse.  Women had to put up with sexual harassment and starting to come out after all these years, putting men on notice that such behavior will not be tolerated in our workrooms, or anywhere else. Audists be warned, your days are numbered.  

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