To the top left of the black line is the Student Body Government seal.
Next to that reads ‘Gallaudet University / Student Body Government / Harman-Sonnenstrahl Administration’.
At top right on black line read:
Ely Building #223 / VP: 202-250-2692 / Email: email@example.com’.
Underneath the black line, the remaining text reads:
April 4, 2016
Alexander Graham Bell Association
3417 Volta Place Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
To President Meredith K. Sugar, Esq.:
This letter was written in partnership with The Buff and Blue, who wrote an article in response to your statement which can be found at http://www.thebuffandblue.net/?p=14341.
Recently, you published a response to the Washington Post article about deaf model Nyle DiMarco and his mission of promoting deaf children’s access to American Sign Language (ASL). In it, you say that ASL is a declining “communication option” and that it is your “hope to dispel the myths about deafness and spread the word that deaf children can hear and talk.” Your words demonstrate a profound lack of cultural and scientific understanding of the deaf community.
It is also our hope to dispel myths about deafness. What it means to be “deaf” has indeed changed, but not in the manner AG Bell claims. We welcome you to directly engage with those who were impacted by your letter right here at Gallaudet University, which has a rich and diverse student population of cochlear implant and hearing aid users, talkers, listeners, and American Sign Language users. We are a proud group of ASL-English bilinguals who know that ASL and English users (spoken and written) thrive and inspire, because we are living it.
We are formally requesting that you and other members of the AG Bell Association come to the Gallaudet University campus to engage in a dialogue with the Student Body Government along with a variety of student representatives. We believe that we can reach a level of understanding and collaboration in pursuit of equity, inclusion, and diversity. As an organization that claims to represent the deaf and hard of hearing, you have a social responsibility to be collaborative with us.
Due to the gravity of this situation, a meeting should take place at some point next week. We anticipate a response by Friday, April 8th at the latest.
The Student Body Government
at bottom of the letter is a long line with text below that reads ‘Gallaudet University – 800 Florida Ave Northeast – Washington, D.C. 20002.
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