Ten Reasons Why We Would Like Change.

We are all too aware that changes need to be made and asks ‘What would you like to see be changed?’

(SJ says, “I would like” because her grandmother always said, “I want – never gets”!)

Here is a list of some of the changes the Tree House dwellers long for;

I would like to see the deaf community put their differences aside and work together to improve access. I wish they would realise no one is superior or inferior to another.

I would like to see a bridge built between people of every walk of life (deaf and hearing for example) working together to establish common ground and to work out ways to bridge gaps that exist between the two camps.

I would like to see the deaf community unite regardless of different communication abilities to work towards the same aims because that would make inroads more.

I would like to see a day when being deaf does not feel like being punished for something you did not do!

I would like peace because I am a troubled person.

I would like people to stop having one rule for themselves and another for others because that is just selfish and unfair.

I would like change to happen from the top down so everyone is equal regardless of whether they are deaf, HoH, deafblind, blind, hearing or different in any other way.

I would like to see respect and tolerance between all human beings across the planet, and the gap between rich and poor hugely reduced.

I would like people to realise just how diverse the deaf community is and that not everyone is reliant on the same assumed method(s) of communication.

I would like to see the deaf community and the hearing world to look at the full picture instead of looking at one spot constantly and focus on the diversity cos we all are diverse and lastly unique…

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

 

The Light From Within – Our Official Logo.

Ever since The Tree House started, which was inspired and supported by friends who have since become my rock, I started to sense it was now time, we had an official logo. Something we could be proud of and reflected who we are.

Upon expressing my wishes to my husband (who set out to try and initially surprise me) His first logo for me, us, was extremely hippy themed. I liked it so but it wasn’t “Us”. Taking ample time before showing it to the rest of the admin team for their opinions which were more or less the same of mine.

Finally I plucked up the courage and asked him for his help in designing a new logo but with me. Fresher, simpler and more like “Us”.

We started right from scratch. keeping the outline of the hands signing “Tree”.

I requested simple leaves, no lines but shaded, placed flowingly yet well arranged. Poor hubby was ever so patient – “Turn this leaf this way up a bit more, this one over there” and so on.

Work in progress was being realised.

For some reason, I did not want a house on it as I felt that would interrupt the peaceful flow, making it less unique, less original and less modern. I hesitantly made one more last request, an internal light coming from within the tree symbolising the warmth of its members within the Tree House. This became the final piece of the jigsaw and suddenly before me, was our logo – a work of art.

© The Tree House 2014

© The Tree House 2014

I could now, feel the warmth from the artwork my husband (very patiently!) conjured up for me. Every time I peek at our new official logo, I beam that little bit more, with warmth, hope and respect for everyone who has been a part of the Tree House since day one, at present and in anticipation.

Feeling mischievously spontaneous at all hours of the morning, I decided to seize the day by posting the logo onto our FB group, wondering how it would be received and duly retired to bed – my pillow had been missing me. 😉

Much to my relief as I woke, it proved very popular and was admired. A few suggested there was no need for the second arm to which I pointed out, those who do not know the sign for “Tree”, the second arm looked like its shadow while a friend commented saying “the other hand symbolises the roots and stability as the tree continues to flourish and grow.” Spot on.

I am not one to take pride in anything because pride to me, is not a good attribute to have yet seeing how Tree House has been, is being nurtured, continuing to bloom and grow by the people making it what it is – I cannot help but be in awe of everyone.

The Tree House has saved me, my life from darkness and influence that was fast swallowing me up.

My husband and newfound circle of friends who have been there for me without fail, without judging me, without realising it so – I hereby dedicate this post, and our official logo which is original and unique – the only one of its kind. To each and every one of you, for being the light from within.

Thank you ever so, for being you – I am honoured to be graced with the pleasure of your company.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)