Who am I and what are my goals?
Hello everyone! I am a PhD student in the University of Puerto Rico that is very interested in sign language linguistics and Deaf education. My research focuses on sign language linguistics and Deaf studies. I am very passionate about this subject, and take any opportunity I have to present my research. It is very important for me to break down myths about deafness, Deaf communities and sign languages.
Why am I crodfunding?
I've been accepted to present in the 2017 Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning conference to be held in Toronto, CA in late August. I will present my paper titled "Language Planning: The Curious Case of Sign Language in the United States." This is a major opportunity because presenting my work is important (a) in order to make others aware of the issues in Deaf education and (b) to present the research I undergo as part of my life as an academic.
How much money do I need?
- Accommodations: The conference rate for the hotel is $762.12 CAD (approximately $571.82 USD) for three nights. Screenshot of the invoice included in the images of the campaign.
- Registration: The full-time student registration rate is $100 CAD (approximately $75). Screenshot of the invoice included in the images of the campaign.
- Food: The hotel does not include breakfast. I have allotted an estimated $180 for food expenses (approximately forty-five dollars per day for the total of four days).
- Air travel: TBA (not yet reserved nor included in the total).
- Total: 826.82
What will I be presenting? Here is the abstract:
The status of sign languages and their usage in d/Deaf education have been a cause of great debate across the world. It is evident that the United States in no exception. When d/Deaf education began in the early 19th century, sign language usage was embraced. This changed in the second half of the 19th century, when the Oralist method became prominent in part because of the influx of immigrants in the country, the newfound sense of nationalism and Darwin’s Theory of evolution. Thanks corpus, status, and acquisition planning as well as linguistic research on sign languages, these views have shifted and ASL has found its place once more in d/Deaf education. The proposed paper presentation will outline this interesting shift on language policy in the United States and its socio-historical context. The importance of discussing sign language planning efforts is that the right to a sign language for d/Deaf individuals goes beyond the right to a minority language. Many studies proven that d/Deaf students with a strong foundation of sign language achieve better in school, among many other cognitive and emotional benefits. Furthermore, as cited in Murray (2015), sign language rights fall in the epicenter of disability rights, minority rights, language rights, human rights, and linguistic human rights (p. 385). In other words, the right to sign language in the Deaf community is far more complex than it perhaps is in the case of other minorities.
NOTE: If you choose to donate (thanks!), don't forget to choose your reward! I am offering everything from postcards, prints of the photographic journal I plan to take during the trip, special shoutouts in the acknowledgements section of my presentation and digital copies of the audiovisual material used for the presentation.