Well you know I have lived in the Houston area for over 35 years and there is no other city I can imagine living in. Houston has it all – Food, Sports, Entertainment, and more. You name it – Houston has got it. But there is one thing that Houston is definitely lacking – a true deaf awareness and services.
Seriously folks – sure we have what? three or four interpreting agencies here. We have DARS here but they can only do so much. But honestly we are really lacking on a true political social system here. I mean seriously Houston has to be one of the most uneducated cities in the U.S. when it comes to accomodating the deaf employees. Even the school systems here are not very beneficial for our future deaf leaders and followers. How do we go about educating people/organizations our rights, our needs, and more. It seems that Houston is more interested in socializing (which is good and fine) than really building a political team that can influence and encourage support for the deaf individuals.
I have been blessed to be working for major organizations in the last 14 years, but then again each one has been a fight for accessibility, for my needs, or more. I am constantly educating them on what they need to be able to provide. I am a contributing member to society but just give me some tools and I would be even more productive.
Point being is – it all starts with “YOU”! We have (I might have heard wrong) a few organizations that have come up and then crashed and then come up and crash – and some dont want to work together as one whole organization because of personality conflicts. We need to set those personal issues aside and focus on the “BIG PICTURE” we all have the same common needs! One organization where everyone is a contributor to help and grow the organization.
For example, when Hurricane Ike came blasting through our beloved city last year, how many of you knew what was going on, what was happening, where can you go to get help – most of us had no power. Probably most had no information or resources – I do know I was getting an email from one individual – Kelly Reagan who was being very proactive in providing information.
Point being is – if we continue to squabble within each other and not put down our differences for one common goal to build a common unity to educate, build, develop a better unity for all deaf individuals in the Houston area we will not accomplish anything. So lets put our differences aside – it is my dream one day to see an organization called Houston Deaf Center (or something) where we could provide services for deaf, aka interpreting, legal, counseling, job training, education training, early childhood intervention, corporation/organizational education (training them on deaf accomodations), and political lobbying. And maybe even a deaf school here for our deaf children so we can watch our children grow -
To be honest – Houston is lagging behind Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Ft. Worth on these. So its time for us to unite together and make a difference. Otherwise we continue stay divided then we will fall and continue to have the same fustration and disappointment we face! So lets Unite and Just DO IT!