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.
 

2018-12-12

Police-Deaf Relationship

The Derbyshire Police visit the students at the Royal School for the Deaf to show them that they are there to serve and protect them. I noticed that its officers are learning and becoming fluent in their sign language and immersing themselves in Deaf culture to understand and  improve relationship with the community. Police are having a rapport with Deaf children, covering various topics that concerns us all, like bullying, crimes, prejudices, etc. It also launches a one on one program for the Deaf know as PLOD, linking an officer with a Deaf individual, seem sort of like a mentorship program, maybe that is something we need here in America. Imagine a whole police force being fluent in BSL, eliminating its dependences on overworked interpreters, it's happening. Maybe one Deaf child may be inspired to become a police officer on the force when he grows up, by then communication barriers began crashing down.

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