Monday, September 05, 2005

Katrina

So much tragedy so quickly. Here's something I recently was emailed regarding help. As many of you know, I first met Deaf people and learned ASL in Louisiana. The LA School for the Deaf (LSD) was one of the main places I spent time with Deaf people and learned so much from them.

News of the Week: Hurricane Katrina has impacted all of us badly. AndLouisiana School for the Deaf, in Baton Rouge, is risingto the occasion by opening its doors. The school is housing students, teachers and interpretersthat have lost their homes and have no place to stay. Thisgroup also includes mainstreamed students from New Orleans. These people need clothes, toiletries, linen, schoolsupplies and other items, these provisions not originallybuilt into the school budget. You can do your part to help our friends in needthat are staying at the school - make out your checks,payable to "Louisiana School for the Deaf" and writeon the bottom of the checks "Hurricane Relief." Superintendent Bill Prickett will be setting upa special account at the local bank to handle thesechecks. The address is:Hurricane Reliefc/o Bill PrickettLouisiana School for the Deaf2888 Brightside LaneBaton Rouge, LA 70820 Thank you very much. DeafDigest's heart is withour impacted friends in Louisiana.

3 comments:

Emily said...

This whole thing just makes me cry... several of us in our office (hearing and Deaf) wanted to go down to the hurting area and help out the deaf community there - providing interpreting, advocacy, support... whatever's needed. We even brought it up to our supervisor who simply laughed at us. He told us that when a natural disaster hits Washington we can help.

Yeah. What if WE'RE the ones standing in line for a bottle of water. I'm gonna want help from the rest of the country.

It amazes me how self-focused some people still are in the midst of this disaster. I mean, I understand that can't/won't let us go there (unless we take our vacation leave), but... it was just so heartless. so self-centered. it angered me and provoked me to want MORE action, not less.

Barbara said...

Yikes Emily. That really is a callous response. Sometimes I think westerners and northerners really don't care about the south. Sigh. We are such a self-centered culture. You'd think that working at a place that serves both the public and the Deaf would have more sensitive people working there. Isn't it frustrating sometimes!

Amanda Lee said...

The whole thing is overwhelming and makes me very sad as well... I have friends and family all over the coast as was very concerned. Plus just to think about and see all of the suffering is very taxing emotionally... My boyfriend is doing relief work in Mississippi and I would really like to go somewhere... our church is doing a trip soon... and maybe I could connect with someone at the Deaf school if and when I am able to go...