Heads, Audism Wins. Tails, Levinson’s Head Rolls….

I’m taking bets, and will be flipping a coin. Heads, Audism wins. Tails, Ken Levinson’s head rolls…..

Ken Levinson, longtime Gallaudet Board member, who is himself deaf, but does not use any sign language unless he -absolutely- has to, has been accused in the past of harboring elitist snobbery towards the signing community. He has looked down on those who use signs or ASL, and has frequently made comments that show his very audistic attitude to DEAF people whom he feels he is way above merely because they use sign. Levinson denies all of this, of coruse, as would a child caught red-handed with his fingers in the cookie jar. But the crumbs of stolen cookies litter his clothes, and has has been exposed as the elitist snob he really is. Read the following exchange of emails regarding a cochlear wearing, long-time member of the Deaf community who has been a part of Deaf culture for many, many years, [read from bottom to top] and judge for yourself if Levinson is a elitist snob who has no place on Gallaudet’s Board of Trustees.

Readers, what shall it be? The coin has been flipped in the air… Heads, Audism wins. Tails, Ken Levinson’s head rolls.

> —–Original Message—–
>
> From: Ken Levinson [mailto:kenlevinson@xxxxxx]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 3:14 PM
> To: Louis J. Schwarz; ‘Todd Houston’; king.jordan@gallaudet.edu;
> cashby@doe.k12.ga.us; sjsuz@aol.com; thumphries@ucsd.edu;
> frankhwu@wayne.edu; bsoukup@c-s-d.org; hgoodstein@cox.net;
> cheppner@nvrc.org; Pam.holmes@captelmail.com;
> Nancy.Kelly-jones@illinois.gov; lrkinney@wi.rr.com;
> Pamela.Lloyd@ncmail.net; RayLaHood@RayLaHood.com
> Cc: ‘Karen Youdelman’; ‘Inez Janger’; ‘Jay Wyant’
> Subject: Re: Concern about our board member, Ken Levinson
>
> Louis,
>
> I apologize for the statement about you…you are, no doubt, one of the
> most respected members of the deaf community and I was wrong in
> reacting the way I did…this has been an emotional and upsetting
> experience for many of us…and my reference to you, was from a
> frustrated perspective and I truly apologize for this. I have known
> you in your capacity as a financial planner and have respected your
> opinions on those matters when I have heard them expressed.
>
> I do stand by my comments that I believe there are people who have no
> clue as to what they have done to Gallaudet in the long run, but in
> terms of my remarks as they related to you, I was wrong. I admit it.
> It was a stupid thing for me to do and I will stand by that
> apology and we need to move forward from here. Again, I apologize
> for my rude remarks and they will not be made again.
>
> Best,
>
> Ken
>
>> —– Original Message —–
>>
>> From: Louis J. Schwarz
>>
>> To: ‘Ken Levinson’ ; ‘Todd Houston’ ; king.jordan@gallaudet.edu ;
>> cashby@doe.k12.ga.us ; sjsuz@aol.com ; thumphries@ucsd.edu ;
>> frankhwu@wayne.edu ; bsoukup@c-s-d.org ; hgoodstein@cox.net
>> ;cheppner@nvrc.org ; Pam.holmes@captelmail.com ;
>> Nancy.Kelly-jones@illinois.gov ; lrkinney@wi.rr.com ;
>> Pamela.Lloyd@ncmail.net ; RayLaHood@RayLaHood.com
>>
>> Cc: ‘Karen Youdelman’ ; ‘Inez Janger’ ; ‘Jay Wyant’
>>
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 11:56 AM
>>
>> Subject: RE: Concern about our board member, Ken Levinson
>>
>> To Whom It May Concern:
>>
>> I am very disappointed to receive the disgusting, rude, and
>> unbelievable message from Ken Levinson as shown below. I am one of
>> most respected professionals in the deaf community nationwide for many
>> years.
>>
>> His remark reinforces my previous concern about his presence on the
>> AGB board. I will pass his intolerable and insensitive message to
>> the proper organizations, including AGB patrons, DHHS, Gallaudet
>> University, FSSA, and National Association of the Deaf.
>>
>> I suggest, due to of Ken’s continuing stigma toward the deaf
>> community who communicate in ASL, that he resigns from both AGB and
>> Gallaudet boards.
>>
>> – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
>>
>> Louis J. Schwarz, * QFP, CFP®, RFC® , ChFEBC, CMA
>>
>> Schwarz Financial Services LLC
>>
>> 4405 East-West Highway, Suite 502
>>
>> Bethesda, MD 20814-4536
>> —————————————————————
>>
>> —–Original Message—–
>>
>> From: Ken Levinson [mailto:kenlevinson@xxxxxxx]
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 12:40 PM
>> To: Todd Houston
>> Cc: Karen Youdelman; Inez Janger; Jay Wyant
>> Subject: Re: Concern about our board member, Ken Levinson
>>
>> Oy…..Louis is a nut case anyway……and if his language is what we
>> aspire to, we are in huge trouble…SMILE…..Senator McCain resigned
>> from the board, as did the current Chair, Brenda….these people have
>> NO clue as to what they have done…….but thanks for the
>> support…..Ken
>>
>>> —– Original Message —–
>>>
>>> From: Todd Houston
>>>
>>> To: Louis J. Schwarz
>>>
>>> Cc: Karen Youdelman ; Inez Janger ; Jay Wyant
>>>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 7:25 AM
>>>
>>> Subject: RE: Concern about our board member, Ken Levinson
>>>
>>> Mr. Schwarz:
>>>
>>> Thank you for your message. We’ve have just completed a long weekend
>>> that included a meeting of our Board of Directors. The Board of
>>> Directors discussed this issue at length, including those comments
>>> attributed to Mr. Levinson. Mr. Levinson has released a statement
>>> responding to this situation, and the AG Bell Board feels this was a
>>> sufficient response.
>>>
>>> Thank you again for bringing this matter to our attention.
>>>
>>> Sincerely,
>>>
>>> K. Todd Houston, Ph.D.,
>>>
>>> Executive Director & CEO
>>>
>>> ——————–
>>>
>>> —–Original Message—–
>>>
>>> From: Louis J. Schwarz [mailto:louis@schwarz-financial.com]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 12:43 PM
>>> To: ‘thouston@agbell.org’
>>> Subject: Concern about our board member, Ken Levinson
>>>
>>> Dear Dr. Houston,
>>>
>>> Will you, please, pass my message to the Board of Directors?
>>>
>>> I am aware of the news about Ken Levinson and here is his reply to
>>> Gallaudet University audience:
>>>
>>> Statement from Gallaudet University Board of Trustee Ken Levinson
>>>
>>> Sunday October 22, 2006 8:15 p.m.
>>>
>>> “I want to reassure the Gallaudet Community that the recent
>>> negative statement attributed to me about deaf peoples’ abilities is
>>> totally inaccurate. As a long-time member of the University’s Board
>>> of Trustees, I know better than most that ‘deaf people can do
>>> anything.’ a statement I have made several times publicly, most
>>> notably at President Jordan’s retirement announcement. My work with
>>> the deaf community has always been about working together toward our
>>> common collective goals. I strongly believe everyone has the ability
>>> to make significant contributions to this world. This is another
>>> thinly veiled smear tactic used by some to further divide our
>>> wonderful community and to discredit the Board’s appointment of Dr.
>>> Fernandes as president. It is completely misleading, and it is false.”
>>>
>>> My comments:
>>>
>>> We, the DEAF people, did not ask to be Deaf – we happen to be Deaf
>>> and we all are equal regardless of our different abilities. No one
>>> can blame on us – They should blame on educators, parents and
>>> communities for discriminating us at our no fault. If everything is
>>> accessible to all people with challenging abilities, we all will be
>>> fine. However, what Ken did indicate indirectly, this is very
>>> unacceptable and I do not wish him to continue staying on the AGB
>>> Board.
>>>
>>> I have been a member of AGB for over 25 years.
>>>
>>> – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
>>>
>>> Louis J. Schwarz, * QFP, CFP®, RFC® , ChFEBC, CMA
>>>
>>> Schwarz Financial Services LLC
>>>
>>> 4405 East-West Highway, Suite 502
>>>
>>> Bethesda, MD 20814-4536
>>>

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5 thoughts on “Heads, Audism Wins. Tails, Levinson’s Head Rolls….

  1. The bad weed has to be pulled and destroy before it multiply. It will be another catch-22 which it may be continue to influence the others.

  2. I had known Mr Knows-All aka Ken Levinson since 25 years ago and he had his obnoxious attitude towards Deaf. Today, he still has the abhorrent attitude. My best bet is that his ol’ replusive attitude will be unchanged in the next 25 years. Ken, please resign from the board with your GRACEFULLY attitude.

  3. “My work with the deaf community has always been about working together toward our common collective goals.”

    I’d like to know EXACTLY what “our common collective goals” are. The Board needs to share these ‘goals’ with us, the stakeholders. So that way, we won’t be ambushed by the Audist Establishment.

  4. I don’t think Ken was sorry for dissing Louis Schwarz. He was only sorry for being caught!

    Unlike the previous incident where he denied saying deaf people are dumb and it was his word against others, this time the evidence is in writing.

    BYE, KEN!

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