By Jerry Covell
Aaron R. published a post on his blog on February 18, 2013 with the headline: “What Crisis?: The reality for Illinois School for the Deaf,” in response to my February 6, 2013 open letter titled: “25 Years After DPN, Deaf STILL CAN’T?” (http://saveourdeafschools.org). I want to thank him for his post, because it reinforced and validated the facts in my first open letter and brought more attention to the problems existing at Illinois School for the Deaf.
A special message from Jerry Covell:
Next month, I will be participating in a 25th anniversary of the Deaf President Now protest at Gallaudet University where I was one of the student leaders that protested against the Board of Trustee to prove the world that a qualified deaf person can become a president of Gallaudet University and that “deaf people can do anything but hear”. Yet, a few weeks ago a deplorable incident occurred at a school for the deaf…..now we are basically being told “deaf people cannot do anything”. Such oppression and bigotry actually happened at the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) by a hearing principal and certain hearing co-workers on January 17, 2013. It is just unbelievable that this oppression is still happening in this day and age.
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California School for the Deaf, Fremont was selected so please vote. The winning school will receive a $25,000 grant and a trip to New York City to attend the annual Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award event. Voting ends at 11:59 PM on 11/15/12.
Barbie Dike passed away peacefully yesterday following a illness. She was 45. She attended to Colorado School for the Deaf and graduated in 1984 and lived in Fremont, California. She was a 2008 graduate of California State University-Hayward. She was well liked and known in many Deaf communities.
Here’s a memo from her beloved one:
Early this afternoon, 5/11/12, Barbie Dike took her last breath and left peacefully surrounded by her loving family. The Dike family has requested our help with donations during this difficult time.
An emergency fund has been set up to help the family with the funeral arrangements. The cost will be approximately $2,000. Your IMMEDIATE donations are greatly n…eeded for this Emergency Fund.
Make checks, cash, or money order payable to Barbie’s brother, Nicholas Porter, write “Barbie’s Fund” in the memo line.
If you want to mail it, the address is
JoDee Dike-Johnson (for Barbie)
3308 Holmes Pl
Fremont, CA 94555
The memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 9. More detailed information to come soon. There will also be a tax-deductible charitable fund set up for Barbie’s daughters, Brittany and Brianna. More information to come regarding this fund, however the overflow from the Emergency Fund will go directly to this charitable fund for her girls.
Feel free to forward this to others. Please spread the word. Keep the Dike family in your prayers as they move through this hard time.
Thanks in advance for your help and support!