It’s time, friends and foes! A time to rise up, unite resources, build support, educate and especially be “heard” by those who live in Houston. Although Houston is the 4th largest city in the US, we have yet to see a central hub where Houstonians can find a variety of useful information in one place. HoustonDeafNetwork.com will do its best to fill in the missing gaps and help you fulfill your needs. But wait, there’s more than just providing you information… continue »
This FREE confidential group will be open to all Deaf who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. No one will be identified as HIV– or + and you do not have to be a client at MCC. The group’s facilitator (LBSW) is hearing but is fluent in American Sign Language. This group will consist of up to ten (10) participants who may join at anytime during the 8 week group duration. Participants will sign agreement of confidentiality upon entering the group meeting. continue »1 CommentBy Billy Koch | Jun.20, 2009 | Filed in: Blogs,Politics
They finally updated the Houston Deaf Rights Blogsite with an update to what happened and what has been going on with the March and the results of it. There is also a video of it here – it starts around at 6:00 if you want to see it – Click here for video and click on Public Speakers 2 of 4 and around 6:00 is where Dan Warthling comes in and gives his presentation to the City Council.1 CommentBy Billy Koch | Jun.17, 2009 | Filed in: News,Politics
Apparently a day has passed and at this time many of us have watched eagerly the news media, the Chronicle who were supposed to be at the event cover this March. And yet we, the deaf community have not heard anything. So meaning we did not make the impact that we had hoped? If you participated in the March please let us know how it went! We have checked the blogsite for updates and information and nothing has been posted. Where is the communication to the deaf community? For those of you who were at the event let the deaf community know how it went and provide your insight! We would love to hear from you!RespondBy Billy Koch | Jun.16, 2009 | Filed in: News,Politics
Last night meeting at Woodhaven church served a constant reminder of the issues that many deaf/hoh face after a long sought settlement between the Department of Justice and the City of Houston. The truth is the City of Houston has continued to fail in the requirement that has been outlined in the settlement when it comes to meeting the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing individuals. That was one of the main reason to have the March, to bring awareness to the city council of Houston. Brian and Kathy and the other co-founders hope to bring that awareness to the City of Houston and ensure that the requirements are met in the 1998 settlement. continue »RespondBy Billy Koch | Jun.12, 2009 | Filed in: News,Politics
Here is the information for the next protest meeting – now whether you are FOR, OPPOSED, or UNSURE about this protest – I highly encourage you to show up and voice your opinions – because this is YOUR COMMUNITY so you need to make sure that you are informed. continue »1 CommentBy Billy Koch | Jun.12, 2009 | Filed in: Blogs
This email caught my eye & I can’t help but smile at the similarities in the feelings expressed now and back during the first protest at Gallaudet University for a “Deaf President Now” in March, 1988. Dr. Patti Singleton responded to my posting on Deafnetwork. So I have asked for permission to post her response here on DPHHH.com so you as the individual can read it here. And she approved my posting her response here. continue »3 CommentsBy Julie Reese | Jun.11, 2009 | Filed in: Blogs
After reading the posts and blogs that everyone has written about related to the Protest and the lack of upholding the DOJ settlement in those cases where the deaf cititzens got denied communication access such as a qualified interpreter. My question is: Where are those deaf citizens who said they got denied an interpreter recently? These citizens need to speak up and make their voices heard. They need to tell the story of what happened. These are the people we should be listening to. Please, speak up for yourselves. You cannot expect other people to do the work and “talking” for you. You can empower yourselves to make yourself heard by the City of Houston and Houston Police Department. Everyone will be listening and will back you up. You are the true voice. Sooo… Speak Up!3 CommentsBy Bradley Porche | Jun.10, 2009 | Filed in: News,Politics
Here is the Department of Justice settlement between the United States of America, Rashad Gordon and Michael Edward against the City of Houston, TX. Again, this is only a settlement and does not emphasize a case law. Settlement Agreement There will be another meeting taking place on June 15th at 6:30pm (location will be updated), you can find out more information on the Communication Access Now blog and there is an outline of explanations from the 5 co-founders. continue »14 CommentsBy Bradley Porche | Jun.10, 2009 | Filed in: News,Politics
Tonight I had the opportunity to attend the pre-protest meeting at Memorial City Mall. The meeting finally started after a few minutes delay due to waiting for more Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals to show up. There were approximately around 15 Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals.
There were diverse individuals from different background, some were Deaf and Hard of Hearing, some had a strong conviction to protest and some were not sure of what was going on. Neverthless, Brian Determan, one of the co-founders of the Deaf Right Protest (the title of the protest has not been clarified) took the floor and explained the issue of why we should need to protest. continue »1 CommentBy Julie Reese | Jun.09, 2009 | Filed in: Hurricane
We are already 9 days into a new Hurricane Season which began June 1st. The reason why I am here is to ask for your feedback and to hear about your experiences during Hurricane Ike or afterwards. continue »4 CommentsBy Bradley Porche | Jun.09, 2009 | Filed in: News,Politics
I have volunteered to be a writer for the Deaf Protest/March Rally and there will be a pre-march meeting taking place today (June 9th) at Memorial City Mall (Food Court) at 7 o clock pm.
As a contributing member of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community, I would strongly encourage you to attend and participate. Like Billy Koch previously said, “It takes a community.” A community is one of the most valuable thing a Deaf/Hard of Hearing individual can have because not only the support is there but knowing what is going on is important as well. I plan on attending, write (blog), and participate about the meeting and I ask of you to do the same to blog and participate. Therefore, the message will be heard through the blogosphere, Facebook, etc. One person cannot do it all but many of you have the will power to make a difference.
Okay folks – I just got an email about a pending protest that some deaf individuals are planning to have on June 16th. Now I am going to have to admit, I am really bothered by this approach. I am speaking from a personal level – this approach in my opinion will not reflect positively with us and the deaf community. We, the deaf community have already been reflected negatively by the people from our two protests at Gallaudet. The first one was acceptable and totally understandable – but the second one people were like again?? continue »
Houston Xtremes Men’s Softball team will be hosting a BBQ fundraiser at Meyerland Park on June 6th. From 1:00 p.m. to ?? Combo BBQ Plate can be purchased for $5.00 a plate
This event is a fund raiser to help the Houston Xtremes travel to Southwest Deaf Softball Association Regional Tournament in Oklahoma in July. And for the National Tournament in August to Florida. So come and support your local deaf men’s softball team. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute you can do so by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org