Rachel Chaikof flashed first...boils down to that. And, as we all know I am a huge fan of every single member of the Deaf Village Staff (Paotie's name is HOT and rather manly) I never cease to be amazed by the strength of friendships created by means of internet, even big MAC came out of retirement to support Rachel. Elizabeth
got bitchy and aggressive, which I must say I was not expecting (Her photo just doesn't scream "bitchy" to me).
And, let me let you in on a little secret, Deaf Militants: I am your worst enemy. I am a hearing person, but I sign fluent ASL. Yet, after learning ASL and participating extensively in Deaf Culture events, I have decided that it is NOT the way I would choose to pursue education for deaf and hard of hearing children. WHAT?!? Shocking, I know. Given the extent to which some Deafhood followers glorify ASL, you’d be tempted to think it contained some talisman-like powers. Hate to break it to you, folks, it’s just a language. No better and no worse than any other. So… vlog away all you want in ASL without subtitles (clearly violating the decency you’d angrily demand from any hearing person who posted video without captions)… I’m listening!
Somehow, this wrongful misdoing of throwing Rachel off of Deafread.com brought about positive change, so I think I would actually like to THANK the editors. I went to bed with a smile on my face last night because a 21 year old deaf WOMAN gave birth to a new website that is guaranteed to help many parents and deaf individuals. Rachel...sometimes action speaks a lot louder than words.
Deaf Village Staff:
Rachel Chaikof– Lead Developer
Aaron Rose – Public Relations
Joshua Dawson AKA “Paotie”