Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Canada: We don't want Deaf Russian

Actually the UK does this too....   Perhaps Canada doesn't see art as a real job..... It is interesting the way Canada assesses deaf viability, the question being they should have deported half their own deaf via that criteria !  The decision to reject Dmitri Smirnov’s bid to remain in Canada because he did not meet listening and speaking language requirements angered deaf advocates who blasted it as discriminatory and called for American Sign Language to be seen as equivalent to English and French for immigration purposes.

“I’m shocked that the criteria of verbalizing and speaking is necessary to come to Canada,” said Chris Kenopic, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Hearing Society. “Rejecting people from our country because of that is very unfortunate.”

I’m shocked that the criteria of verbalizing and speaking is necessary to come to Canada.  Speaking through an American Sign Language interpreter, Mr. Kenopic said he is offended by the decision and what it says about the government’s view of deaf citizens.  “The issue is that the federal government is not recognizing sign language as a means of communication. It leads me to ask, how do they see me?” he asked.

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