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.



We are AWARE of the problems in our community but we some of us don't ACKNOWLEDGE it, pretending it doesn't exist. We now ACCEPT the facts that crime, unemployment, health care and housing, etc. are some of the major issues we got to deal with. The new decade is here so let's take ACTION, making an ANNOUNCEMENT in local publications such as the Osceola News - Gazette  of an upcoming ASSEMBLY of concerned Kissimmee citizens with an AGENDA to discuss the issues, setting our priority on AFFORDABLE housing, brainstorming ideas  ourselves rather than hiring someone to do a feasibility studies. We will ASK the city if they got any land AVAILABLE for us to ACQUIRE so we can APPLY for government grants to hire an ARCHITECT to design an APARTMENT that is ACCEPTABLE to us all, with all the AMENITIES we expect. The complex can ACCOMMODATE those seniors on fixed income, homeless, transitional programs, and the Deaf and disabled, etc. The facility meet all ADA ACCESSIBILITY requirements, incorporating universal design and requiring that its staff to be bilingual in ASL (American Sign Language). The center will be full of ACTIVITIES such as field trips, workshops, and, of course, bingo. The new complex will be  full  of ARTS with sculptures on the grounds and completed puzzles in the hallways. The tenants will set up an ASSOCIATION to meet regularly, having AUTONOMY in the decision making process, being ACCOUNTABLE in budget matters. We will be AGGRESSIVE meeting the challenges, overcome obstacles, seeking an ALLIANCE of individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to support our AIMS.

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