With the deaf community having a signed language that is natural and practical to them, they were able to learn and communicate with others. So it boggles my mind to have someone like Alexander Graham Bell, who had a deaf mother and wife, and a Scottish immigrant would want to stifle and change the deaf community to fit in with everyone and not have the tools to make them who they are. I see it as Bell saying that you cannot get anywhere in life by being different yet Bell was different himself. Having them learn to speak does not change that they are deaf. They are already having to learn everyday things that hearing people take no notice to learning. So taking the time to teach them to speak is taking away from the important aspects of life they need to learn. Paying bills, grocery shopping, arithmetic, reading and writing, are just a few things. When taught to the advantage of use of time and amount of information, the deaf would be able to thrive in not only thei...
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...achers, bowlers, directors, accountants, anything they set their minds to. When given the chance and with knowledge they can change the world, just like anybody else.
I have read books where one or few of the characters are deaf, and the struggle with trying to communicate with the hearing, it was not until someone took the time and understanding of who they are, and taught them to read and write. With that knowledge the deaf character gained more confidence when communicating and was able to achieve bigger goals in their life then when they had little to no knowledge of how things worked in society. Reading about these characters just gave me a small insight into the deaf community but with the documentary ”Through Deaf Eyes,” has open my mind and eyes that they are people who can thrive in and change the world just as anyone can when they put their mind to it.
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