Archive for March 20th, 2007

For Your Information about AGBell:

I did not realize why the AGBell organization were against sign language. Read this info:

AG Bell is funded by a multi-million dollar foundation set up by the Volta Bureau. The Volta Foundation was funded by the HUGE royalties earned by AG Bell from royalties related to the telephone invention, and paid by every country in the world to use telephones.

See this posting at the Volta Bureau website:

In 1879, Bell and his wife Mabel Hubbard, who had been deaf from early childhood, moved to Washington, DC The following year, the French government awarded Bell the Volta Prize of 50,000 francs for the invention of the telephone. Bell used the money to found Volta Associates, along with his cousin Chichester A. Bell and Sumner Tainter, whose laboratory was focused on the research of recording and transmitting sound. In 1887, the Volta Associates sold the record patents they had developed at the laboratory to the American Gramophone Company, and Bell took part of his share of the profits to found the Volta Bureau as an instrument ‘for the increase and diffusion of knowledge relating to the Deaf.’ The Bureau, which was first housed at Bell’s father’s house at 1527 35th Street, worked in close cooperation with the American Association for the Promotion of the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf (known since 1956 as the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf), organized in 1890, of which Bell was elected President. The Volta Bureau officially merged with this Association in 1908.

The most important point of the Volta Bureau’s Mission is the teaching of SPEECH to deaf children. Bell wrote language into the foundation bylaws such that if the Association ever promotes the use of Sign Language, the entire foundation will be closed and all money sent to ???? The AG Bell association CANNOT support sign language or they will be broke!

This explains why…… and seems that the Deaf community need to work on getting a federal law that all deaf children must learn bilingual – ASL/English at the beginning of their learning stage. So that AGBell can teach speech all they want to deaf children as an accessory education and not deny any deaf child their needs of having bilingual according to the federal law, if passed.

John F. Egbert

Jolie’s adopted boys play in Hanoi’s Metropole – Yahoo! News:

HANOI (Reuters) – Actor Angelina Jolie finalized the adoption of a Vietnamese orphan on Tuesday, adding a fourth child to her family, according to the U.S.-based adoption agency that organized the process.

Jolie has remained out of public view since arriving in southern Ho Chi Minh City last Wednesday to pick up the 3 1/2-year-old boy from an orphanage and traveling to Hanoi on Monday to complete the adoption.

The boy’s birth name is Pham Quang Sang but Jolie has renamed him Pax Thien Jolie, a name that combines the Latin word for peace and the Vietnamese word for sky or heaven.

‘The Vietnamese authorities had already cleared the adoption, and the U.S. Embassy approved the adoption on Tuesday,’ said spokeswoman Laura Feragen on behalf of Philadelphia…”

Sox in a Strange Land: Another day, another destiny:

Another day, another destiny

So last night Mike and I got sucked into watching this thing on Discovery about Neandethals. They were scanning the hyoid bones which had been found and making casts of the throat passages to speculate on their capacity for language.

They had bigger brains than us, and their throats were capable of distinct sounds, but would have had higher pitched voices. Makes sense to me that they would have had language. They hunted in packs and buried their dead and made art. Of COURSE they had language.

But, maybe they used sign language, or maybe augmented sign language with some vocal behavior.

Sign language is the first language you can acquire as a child/baby. That’s why “babysigns” and stuff are so popular – they allow your child to begin to explain what they are thinking and feeling.

There are hundreds of sign languages spoken throughout the world. And they are rich, with accents, dialects, syntax, grammar, and so much more. We can say so much without opening our mouths that it only makes sense that sign language would be so rich and such an important part of our evolution.

Have you ever had laryngitis and hated not being able to talk, or write things down? How about seeing your kids outside …”