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There is not only a D in Deaf but in Diverse

Continued from Ask NAD President to resign for WHAT? vlog, Barb DiGi wants to share what she has discovered relating to the use of hearing loss by NAD and how NAD describes subgroups of the deaf. Also she mentions about Bobbie Beth Scoggin’s outstanding qualitifications as a president not only because she is a woman or she is a deaf of deaf or whatever but because she has this dynamic energy and effort to promote unity among deaf community members as evident in publications and NAD magazines.

As mentioned about how Bobbie Beth Scoggins responded to questions by hearing parents or individuals who became deaf in the PBS interview , I don’t think anyone could have done a better job. Although she did mention the word hearing loss, it was used to describe, (like what Teri Sentelle said) not necessarily to label, a deaf person. Take this for example: I lost most of my hearing in my left ear and some in my right in Desert Storm and have learned ASL because of this. It came from a hearing person who all of sudden lost, yes lost, his hearing. We just need to realize that the term hearing loss and hearing disabilities apply to these kind of individuals and to describe their status. It doesn’t necessarily mean it applies to all of us deaf people.

From NAD website:

Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins graduated from Texas School for the Deaf, attended Gallaudet then transferred to California State University at Northridge for her Masters and obtained her doctoral degree at Pepperdine University. She served as administrator of a drug and alcohol recovery center before relocating to become the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing www.kcdhh.ky.gov.

Bobbie Beth Scoggins resides in Frankfort, Kentucky where she is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Scoggins attended Pepperdine University where she received a Doctor of Education degree in Institutional Management. She earned a Masters in Administration and Supervision and a BA in Psychology at California State University at Northridge.

Dr. Scoggins served as President of the USA Deaf Sports Federation from 1998 to 2005 and is admired nationwide for her career as an actress. Along with her business success, she has been recognized by many professional and philanthropic organizations for her achievements.
She has received many awards from organizations for which she served, but one of her most recent accomplishments was to carry the Olympic flame representing the deaf and hard of hearing community for the 2004 Olympic Games. She served as NAD Region II representative before her election to NAD President in 2006.

So come on, give her a huge credit for her incredible dedication! If you still don’t find this satisfying for a leader, then I don’t know what is. For her to be a deaf of deaf welcoming deaf because he or she is a deaf of deaf is ridiculous and way out of line. I know for a fact that she interacts with deaf of hearing, oralists, and what-nots. For a leader to exclude someone because of that person’s different background, I frankly don’t think NAD will tolerate this in a leader. We just need to stop with this bashing mentality. Bobbie Beth Scoggins is indeed an eloquent leader and deserves to be respected.

As for diversity issues relating to how NAD should describe a particular individual in a deaf community, please check out LaRonda’s blog :

We are such a diverse “deaf community.”



Deaf Mute

hard of hearing

pre-lingually deaf

post-lingually deaf

“early” late-deafened

late-deafened adults

deafened suddenly

people with progressive hearing loss

adults with age-related hearing loss

deaf with Usher’s Syndrome


deaf with special needs

CI Users

Oral deaf

ASL users

Cued Speech users

SEE users

Deaf of Deaf families

Deaf of Hearing families

Deaf with Deaf children

Deaf with Hearing children

attendees/graduates of deaf residential schools

attendees/graduates of mainstream schools

attendees/graduates of oral school programs


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