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World Federation of the Deaf:


Recently a Deaf person contacted me via the Lifeprint-ASLU Facebook group.

The person was polite, respectful, and seemed grateful for any help that I might be able to provide.
His main statement was:


"Looking for your support after many doors closed on my face."

[name removed to protect this person's privacy]
 




Dear █████.

I am an ASL instructor. This is an ASL learning and teaching-related group.

If you feel that you simply must have my specific input regarding your situation, you are welcome to email me.

My contact information is available at https://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/contact.htm  Please understand though that I already have over 5,000 emails in my in-box from others seeking help, attention, or support of some kind ahead of you.  I love all people and wish the absolute best for all people but my current project queue is already full. I occasionally directly respond to various ASL-related questions here in this group as a form of win/win mental diversion but any new projects come at the expense of existing projects and existing requests for help.

What you are seeking is a community support advocate and ally.

A resource for finding support is the National Association of the Deaf at: https://www.nad.org/

If you do not live in the United States a resource to help you locate your country's Deaf organizations is The World Federation of the Deaf.

The WFD is an international non-governmental organization that acts as a central support organization for national associations of Deaf people, with a focus on Deaf people who use sign language and their family and friends.

You can find more information regarding the WFD at their website: http://wfdeaf.org/

I encourage you to become a member of the WFD and become familiar with the type of support they provide.
If you have a question about American Sign Language, this is a good group in which to ask your question.
If you have a question about how to prevent doors from being slammed in your face then the group to contact is the WFD. 

Warm regards,

- Dr. Bill

 


 



 

Notes: 

Having "doors shut in one's face" or in other words: a lack of opportunity for advancement -- is a common and life-long experience for many of us Deaf people. 

As an ASL educator I'm extremely grateful for the various Deaf-related organizations that have been set up to provide support and allyship. 
 

 




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