Author Archives: Joanne Weber

Apple Time and Lobbying Know How

I wish these words from a long standing advocate in the deaf community could have influenced Deaf lobbyists in 1989 when the Deaf Education Advisory Forum recommended the closure of the R.J.D. Williams Provincial School for the Deaf.  We Deaf stumbled about nearly 27 years ago, in the disbelief that this could not be happening […]

Paddy Ladd

I’ve been mesmerized by the interviews with Paddy Ladd on BSL Zone.  Paddy Ladd is a deaf academic, who coined the word, “Deafhood” and is known for his advocacy for deaf education and deaf culture throughout the world.  He wrote a 500 page book called, In Search of Deafhood, a weighty tome presenting research on […]

Dawn Jani Birley and the Deaf Crows

It’s been a memorable day.  Dawn Jani Birley visited our classroom and participated in our theatre class preparing for Apple Time and Other Stories to be showcased at the Launch Festival of Youth Performance in March and fully performed again on June 2 and 3rd at the Artesian Theatre in Regina.  Dawn is a world […]

The deaf kid who isn’t going to be oral

Let’s go and look at that one more time.  Decide if we really need it or want it.  Murray and I are probably the most exasperating tire kickers.  Any car salesperson would cringe at the sight of Murray and I because they can’t cinch the deal with us in an hour or two.  We might […]

The Old Ways

During this Thanksgiving, I realize that I am about the old ways.  Old ways that are tried and true.  In case you think I return to nostalgia concerning the ways things were, let me be clear.  The more I stay the same in my convictions, beliefs, and values, the more I yearn for change.  But […]

Monkey Watching: DAC 2017

Last day of the Deaf Academic Conference here in Copenhagen, Denmark. I’ve had to process it for several hours before I could bring myself to write this blogpost.  I presented a short feedback session and it was frustrating as my Universal Sign was quite subpar and I knew it and I only had fifteen minutes […]

Social Responsibility of Deaf Academics

The burgeoning numbers of deaf academics around the world is exciting to witness.  I’ve attended two presentations done by deaf scientists who are working in European and American universities. We deaf come along ways from being a sad ragtag group living on the margins of society.  Yet the fight is not over.  This afternoon I […]