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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dr. Joseph Valente on Education and Hearing the Unheard

This is an incredible speech by Dr. Joseph Valente. His first language was reading faces and emotions. He likes Super Heroes and Moses is the "first deaf person" he ever met. He's also a great story teller and educator.

 This video is filled with interesting statistics and offers a solution what WE can do today.

Take note that  "The Maryland School for the Deaf holds the distinction of passing state exams at higher rates than their hearing peers in hearing schools." Think about that. Let that sink in. If this is true, why are so many states trying to shut down Deaf Schools? Watch this video and ponder what you hear/read. It is captioned. This video inspirational and well worth the 18 minutes to view.

Dr. Valente gives us a solution and a challenge at the end of the film, and that is in part why I blog. This is why I follow so many Deaf and hard of hearing people on Twitter and why I follow and visit their blogs. I've shared some of mine in previous posts. If you've not started up a blog to share yours yet, I encourage you to do so. Everyone has a story. In sharing our stories we become united and stronger. We can make positive changes for the future, together.


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