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“Octavian’s Story: Work on Self for the Communities” Video

Video Description:

A text insert appears: Octavian’s Story, Work on Self. A white male, DeafDisabled, queer scholar signs.


Members of the deaf community, yes we deaf people ourselves need to work on our racism, our homophobia, and so on. It's hard.  

I've heard many stories from queer, black, indigenous interpreters who go to an interpreting job and the deaf client doesn't want to work with them and dismisses them because they are black and the interpreter is then unsure how to respond. That's an example of where we ourselves are the oppressors, marginalizing people, and we are hurting members of our own community by doing that. We have to work on ourselves, too.

Video Description:

NDC Logo appears above text, black lettering on a white background:

“This video was developed under a jointly-funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) #HD326D160001. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the federal government.”

Next to it, three logos appear. The first reads “IDEAs that Work” with an arrow drawing a circle from “IDEAs” to “Work” and the words “U.S. Office of Special Education Programs”. The second logo shows a red-and-blue star with text next to it that reads “TA&D”. The third logo shows a blue circle around a tree. In the blue circle are the words “U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.”

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