Tom, Andrius, All: Time for Deaf Power (computers and all!)
- Dear Tom and Andrius,
Wonderful to hear from you both, and my own thanks, Tom, for your moving report and invaluable work.
Andrius, I have given Tom a list of resources and contacts globally, which we might use to follow up on your idea. I have also contacted orgs and individuals who are Deaf themselves or work on Deaf issues and challenges related to "differing abilities".
Interestingly, in my own outreach on this subject, I have not found many responses related to linkage, connectedness, and working together. While there is "solidarity" globally among groups addressing other issues--at least to an extent--that does not yet seem to pertain to "dif-abilities".
Perhaps I have not yet found groups and orgs who are doing that, but we might also start a trend in that direction! I think it's important to work on "perspectives" and perceptions people have, understandable as they might be, relating to cooperation, competition, differences, and similarities.
By which I mean that sometimes people do not see chances for cooperation, rather a sense of "competition" for scarce funds (which is also a reality, but we might consider ways that we can be connected and working together w/out funding). And they see "differences"--of cultures, local challenges, et al--more than "similarities".
I look forward to working with you both, and others (Pam and Wendi have both mentioned Deaf people in the communities they serve), on these vital and pressing matters! Related to computers and other ICTs alone, there are many possibilities--including devices which can make ICTs more accessible--and these can be shared globally and adapted locally.
With blessings and love, Janet
>From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
>Sent: Aug 22, 2007 8:18 AM
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
>Cc: tom ochuka <tomochuka@...>
>Subject: [holistichelping] Computers to Save Time and Power
>Tom, Thank you for your profound input! Perhaps we might connect with
>the deaf worldwide? As they might also have similar needs. Do you have
>any contacts or organizations you might suggest? Andrius Kulikauskas,
>tom ochuka wrote:
>> Dear Andrius,
>> Computes has been proven to be effective tool in
>> meeting the needs of the disabled..especially the deaf
>> in the villages,we are in need of investing this
>> technology in thierv lives to
>> 1 Promote thier social capability.
>> 2 Make them interact with the hearing world.
>> 3 Broiaden their minds to be independent thinkers.
>> This is already going in amilestone.
>> Qiute afew no the use..not even..two in Ahero with
>> many deaf around.
>> This can link up our centre with those who train
>> online to give trainning to thevdeaf in AHERO.
>> It has been approved that this group can do with
>> looking and be not just thinkers but actors.
>> Curently we just doi not only need internet acces but
>> also compuetrs of any kind.
>> We too need drives to keep desiminating information
>> ,filling and storing of photos,this enables the deaf
>> to desighn laerning materials that are made locally to
>> make learning easier.
>> We are looking forward to a world where the rights of
>> the deaf in technology is achived.
>> TOM OCHUKA.
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