Sabriye Tenberken and her husband, Paul Kronenburg are really amazing. They started a school in Tibet called Braille Without Borders. Blindness in Tibet is very stigmatized- which is true in the USA too, but in Tibet it’s a bit different. The general attitude is that those who are blind have bad karma or are possessed by demons. They’ve done something bad in a past life and are being punished with the curse of blindness…something along those lines. Or so Rosemary Mahoney reports in For the Benefit of Those Who See.
After Braille Without Borders got on its feet Tenberken and Kronenburg opened another school in Kerala. The mission of this school is to help “social visionaries” from all over the world achieve their dreams. That is, any person that has a revolutionary idea that needs a little help or training to achieve their goals could be accepted. Maybe the person applying is from a region without any formal place that blind children can be educated and the applicant wants to learn ways to establish funding to build a school, get materials, etc… All participants have some idea that improves the lives of the people in their communities and they need a little help push it into reality.
What an amazing couple, Tenberken and Kronenburg.
Check out the Kanthari school.
“…the absence of much of minority scholarship was attributable to its poor quality, and to the lack of productivity of minority scholars. Scholars of color were urged stop complaining and simply to write Of course,the discussion that followed was animated. But more important than what was said was what was assumed-namely, that the arena of academic discourse was functionally open to any scholar of merit who sough to enter it.” Introduction page xxvi in Critical Race Theory
Without examining issues of race and redefining discourses that surrounding ideas of race there will be no proper framework to work within when trying to articulate problems. Problems of race cannot be “solved” without forging new ways to think about race- this does not include a popular consciousness of liberal ideology, i.e. colorblindness. Lack of attention to race, the denial of its existence, does not lead to any solutions. This ideology ignores the privilege that can be attributed to one’s race, while ignoring the devastating consequences of others positions.
It must be acknowledged that not everyone has the same access to language, to speak, or to say. One must pay attention to everything subtle and try to encourage voices not always apparent or speaking in an unfamiliar way.
On a seemingly unrelated note, I think deaf culture can benefit from some of the structures, the newly created language, that those who have done and are doing Critical Race Theory have forged.
After 4 years of college which did not feel the need to assess me with tests I now need to take a 4 hour test of bullshit. And not only that, It costs $200!!
The GRE is a better indicator of race, class, and gender than anything else. I can’t believe I have to go along with this system because I want to try to escape poverty and teach blind people navigational skills. What a profoundly horrible system this country has.
I found out that most people in my field think of the body as having 7 senses. Yes sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. But, also proprioception and vestibular. Proprioception being able to determine where your body parts are in space and vestibular the feeling of balance. You may have heard of vestibular before in relation to pilots who get screwed around in the air because the fluid in their ears became disoriented. That’s all to do with the vestibular sense. Cool, huh?
I really enjoy copying drawings.
Tell me why Picasso became a bunny though??
One of my co workers said they saw a ghost late at night last week in Tompkins. She said it was a blind boy walking down the hall. Not the first ghost sighting at Perkins school for the blind, nor probably the last. I just hope I don’t see any.