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May
2015
Interview with Feminist Magazine Receives Thousands of Views

Readership of popular feminist magazine, Bitch, takes on the issue of disability and deafness in prison in its piece, "What is Life Like for Deaf People in Prison?"  Interview with HEARD's founder, Talila A. Lewis yields powerful quotes:

"It is not uncommon for deaf prisoners not to have have access to programs, communication, or medical and mental health services. This results in deaf people spending more time in prison and having higher recidivism rates, simply because prisons are failing to provide equal access."

"people with disabilities are the most susceptible to unjust encounters within our justice system and represent the largest minority group within our prisons."

 
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Apr
2015
Think Progress Quotes HEARD in Deaf Access to Justice Article

Think Progress quotes HEARD in its article on police brutality against the deaf and terrible conditions of confinement for deaf incarcerated people:

"HEARD’s fact sheet indicates that many deaf prisoners are placed in solitary confinement as a substitute for the provision of finding accommodations for them. But sometimes even sign language is banned because corrections professionals “incorrectly view sign language as a formof gang signs.” The group indicates that only seven prisons across the nation have videophones, leaving deaf prisoners in thousands of other prisons without a reliable way to communicate or with TTY devices that prove inadequate or ineffective for deaf prisoners who need to convey complex information with complicated or specialized vocabulary."

 
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Apr
2015
UC Berkeley Disability Incarcerated Symposium


 

Founder, Talila A. Lewis hosted a discussion about deaf & disabled people in prison at UC Berkeley's Disability Incarcerated/Disability Liberated Symposium, after a viewing of the Al Jazeera film "Deaf In Prison."

 

Many members of the Deaf community were in attendance, along with amazing advocates and thought leaders including, Angela Davis, Liat Ben-Moshe, Sascha Altman DuBrul, DL Adams, Allison Carey, Ella Callow, Nora Wilson, Scott Wallin, Karen Nakamura, and members of Sins Invalid, just to name a few.

 
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