Deaf Community Marches on the Nation’s Capital to Bring Heightened Awareness to Deaf Issues
Washington, DC: On September 5-6, 2015, the Deaf community came together in protest on the streets of Washington D.C. to bring attention to Deaf issues that are not receiving adequate attention from the government and community as a whole.
Protest leader Charlton Lachase was the victim of excessive force by policemen. In the incident, his jaw was injured while he was attempting to request an interpreter. No interpreter was given at jail or in the hospital. This incident, and knowledge of many similar incidents, spurred a desire within him to bring awareness to these problems that plague many within the deaf community. Lachase was inspired by his mother to stand up and take action. She helped him realize “we could all get together, cooperate, and protest. It would gain recognition for the Deaf community, and make people realize we need to improve and fix our problems.”
While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) exists, many Deaf people still face challenges in everyday life such as difficulty finding employment, discrimination in the hiring process, inability to secure fair education, and access to equal communication such as VRI interpreting. This should anger every individual, as the deaf are promised equal rights under the law regardless of disability or any other discriminatory factor.
“DeafNation is proud to stand behind this movement. Now, the lid has blown off and Deaf people are making noise, protesting to the government for better jobs, better education, and better communication access. Change is happening” said Joel Barish, CEO of DeafNation.
Joel Barish is leading the charge for deaf rights and through DeafNation is creating a movement for social change that is impacting the world. DeafNation wants information about the protest and video footage to be the topic of discussion on Capitol Hill and in local governments in order to facilitate change and bring equal communication to all.
For more information about DeafNation, the protest in Washington, DC, or to find out more about how you can get involved, please visit http://deafnation.com/nobarriers/deaf-protest-for-equal-rights/
DeafNation, a division of Language People, Inc., is at the heart of the Deaf Community, and is first to bring news and information about trends, news, opportunities, issues, or events that affect deaf and the hard of hearing throughout the World. DeafNation through its website (www.deafnation.com ) also offers several services in American Sign Language (ASL) which is the leading minority language in the U.S. after the “big four” Spanish, Italian, German and French with an estimate of 500,000 to 2,000,000 users in the US alone.