Yesterday I went to Save Austine School (a deaf school in VT) rally/march. It was a truly beautiful day, filled with many wonderful faces of the Austine deaf community. I went to Austine when I was a wee kid, from ‘93 to ‘95. I was taken aback that many still remember me despite my short time there around 20 years ago. It was truly good to see old faces, and to meet new faces.
But it was a bitter day too. This community that Austine has created- it’ll disappear if the VT government does not do something. One of speeches were done by the Paxton family, where the hearing parents talked about how Austine school was very important to their family. Their speech hits close to home. Austine school’s Parents Infant Program (PIP) saved my family and me. Austine helped to bring us into the deaf world, and give me a proud identity as a deaf person, and gave me sign language- a language to unlock doors to whole world of information.
Even despite it being few days since Austine school and center closed for good, we all already felt so much impact. Many people lost jobs. Many people lost very very important services (such as PIP, Support Service Provider for the deafblind and/or deaf and disabled individuals, ASL interpreter referrals, services for deaf people with mental illnesses, and many more)
Deaf schools and centers are important, period.
Hi everyone who live near DC/Maryland area- I’ll be at SPX aka Small Press Expo (basically a convention of bunch of cool independent and/or small press comics) on both days this weekend- Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th. I won’t be tabling but I’ll be wandering around, mostly hanging out at the Center for Cartoon Studies table. Come find me if you wanna buy a copy of my comics ‘Maria’ or ‘The Case of Victor Gray’ :D