The Deaf community has faced many language issues in the past. In most countries, Hearing people viewed Deaf people as lesser beings, unable to communicate with people around them. They were supposedly 'deaf and dumb ' because they were not able to learn the same as Hearing people. Many states did not consider ASL a real language. In the past, ASL was viewed as a lesser alternative to the spoken word, and often Deaf people were forced to learn how to speak, even though they were unable to hear themselves. There were 'oral failures ' and 'oral successes ' depending on how well the person was able to talk after the different treatments that they would often have to go through. The believe that Deaf people needed to be 'fixed ' lead to some odd medical treatments.
People with Deaf children often desired to 'fix ' them this lead to a variety of different medical treatments. More often than not, these treatments did not work. One common medical treatment was 'Deaf flights. ' Parents would pay $50 for their child to go into the cockpit of a charter plane. Once the plane took of...
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In conclusion, the documentary gave me an overview and foundation for learning ASL by simply giving me more context as to what the culture is like. It is important to understand the culture of the language you are learning. I feel that the documentary not only gave me more understanding about the Deaf community and their culture, but it also inspired me to continue to want to learn about the language. Now I know what hardships they have gone through, and what they have done to be where they are today. My hope is to continue to deepen my understanding as the semester progresses, and after the semester is over as well. The documentary taught me that it is a beautiful language that is expressive and amazing to see, and I am honored that I get the opportunity to learn ASL and to learn about the culture that it is a part of (Through).
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