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National Deaf Freedom Association (NDFA) protects the Deaf American Dream by fighting each day for access equal, educational system, opportunities, voting rights, and economic prosperity for all. That was our first Deaf Protest Rally in 2015. Many activists and advocates made video logs (vlogs) which drew nationwide Grassroots. The Deaf Grassroots Movement is created to make the goal of reaching 50 states. Whether it's on the steps of the state capitol, we need Deaf people like you who are willing to stand up and make their voices heard. The main aim of the successful Deaf Grassroot Movement and other movements for civil rights included ensuring that the rights of all people were and are equally protected by the law. We can advocate for and against specific legislation at the state and federal levels. We are moving forward with the grassroots activists. It’s time for Congress to listen to the voices of Deaf People, and work aggressively to advance real reforms in the areas of educational equality, economic equality, political power at all levels, employment equality, equal accessibility, healthcare, linguistic human rights, transportation and many other issues.

We are working on identifying several of these issues below civil rights below:

Without equal access, quality of life suffers. Unemployment rates within the deaf community are nearly double the average rate in America, even for those who pursue higher education or specialty training.

Without the ability to effectively communicate, deaf people are more likely to experience a medical misdiagnosis or wrongful arrest. Deaf people are denied cultural access in theaters and at concerts. Living in society that assumes everyone can hear, the deaf community must fight just to participate in everyday life.

A one-size-fits-all approach to education is not the answer. Many hearing parents received only medical counselling and early intervention focused solely on spoken language. Deaf parents or Deaf citizens know better than government bureaucrats what's best for their Deaf children. It's time to preserve the rights how and where their children are educated. Tell your lawmakers to support school choice and freedom in education.

People who are deprived of language rights are prevented from enjoying other human rights, including fair political representation, a fair trial, access to education, access to information and freedom of speech, and maintenance of their cultural heritage.

Reasons provided for unemployment among Deaf people in the some areas are: lack of employment enforcement laws; the low level of education; and communication difficulties. Most job training is not accessible to Deaf people; job training are not available; barriers in communication; discrimination by hearing people; and lack of Deaf awareness and sign language interpreters in the workplace. The reality is something else when an employer find out job applicant is Deaf, they look for excuses not to hire that person. They are very good at talking around the issue simply because they don't want to be sued.

Deaf people often endure court hearings and trials in which they can neither understand everything nor adequately express and represent themselves. This lack of understanding is often caused by faulty interpretations by ”interpreters” lacking sign language knowledge.

Deaf people can live independently and to speak for themselves. The ‘Deaf voice/viewpoint’ should be supported, made available and be respected in the majority hearing world. The policy makers should consult Deaf organizations and Deaf researchers/experts.

Please share your concerns with us.

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