In regards to a post about the WALQ forum below this one, Tommy has uploaded a vlog to a couple of Facebook groups, but here is the transcript below for those who need it or doesn’t have access to Facebook.
“Hello everyone. I hope you are doing well. We are having nice, cool weather with beautiful fall colors on trees everywhere. I love living in New England, especially New Hampshire. You know that in NH, we have been taking on events for WALQ. We provided a community forum two weeks ago. Not many people showed up, but to those who did, thank you.
Now for news: On October 27th from 4 to 6pm, we will have a WALQ forum. Keep in mind that we did invite members of the State Commission on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, legislators, and different state agents, whom we meet with every month. WALQ asked them to come, and they will have a brief Commission meeting in the same room for fifteen to twenty minutes. The rest of the session is for WALQ to discuss our concerns, suggestions, the White Paper we sent to them and their responses, and all this will be summarized. We have a few testimonies from a few deaf people who have made complaints about services being lacking, about issues, etc.
The forum is on October 27th from 4 to 6pm at the Elliot Hospital, at the old facility, not the new one called By the Riverside. The conference room is downstairs, near the cafeteria. The members of the WALQ work group will make comments during the forum. We already have an agenda, and we are working on the final details. When that is done, we will send it out to you so you would know what to expect.
At this forum, it is not the time for a “bitch fest” and make negative complaints. You did make such presentations last year, and that part is done. We want to focus on the last six months. We know a few of you did express yourselves a few weeks ago at the last forum. For the two or three of you that did that, we paraphrased your testimonies and will present that with Power Point. Your names are confidential, only your quotes will be used.
If anyone wants to make a comment, WALQ has time limits for comments, so please contact me [at . Contact me and we can talk about what issues we already covered and will screen your comments to avoid redundancy. If you have new information, we can add that to the list. Email me or leave comments below.
I repeat: October 27th from 4 to 6pm at Elliot Hospital. The address is 1 Elliot Way in Manchester. The conference room is downstairs near the cafeteria.
I have a list here all ready, so I am looking at it and making sure I have all bases covered.
About the Commission, I am on the Commission as a representative of NHAD. Sometimes I alternate between representing WALQ and NHAD—to support WALQ if necessary.
Again, if you want to stand on stage and make comments, email me first. I will ask you questions about your topic, find out what you want to talk about, let you know if we already covered that topic so we can save time, more time for the Legislators, Commissioners, state representatives, state agents, organizations, etc to answer questions shown on Power Point. Interpreters and CART will be provided.
I repeat, if you need more information, contact me or anyone on the WALQ work group—me, Holly, Kristy Stellato, Lori McLaren, Sue Wolf-Downes, and Tom Downes. If you want to present your comments, contact me, not the others, and I will screen your information. I will talk about your topic and try to make it short.
OK? Come. October 27th, 4 to 6, at the Elliot Hospital. Come and join us for updates. We have several good news and we will talk about ongoing issues. It’s worth it for you to come and listen and discuss our concerns.
I repeat: this is not a bitch session where you can throw out negative comments and names. You already did that last year. This forum is more on-the-surface and simple. OK?
Have a good evening and stay warm! I love you!”
Tommy’s email address is TMinch82 (at) gmail (dot)