I have experienced some discrimination because people assume I am deaf and discriminate me as well. Being deaf is not a bad thing. Many people are happy being deaf and if they had the chance to hear they would refuse. My father had even tried hearing aids and it barley let him hear and just made life harder because that’s another step added to his daily routine and he ended up not using them. I’m glad that my parents are deaf because it shows me a different side of the world that no one really knows about.
The Deaf culture experiences controversies about the cochlear implant. Some people believe that the implant can take away pride and culture in the Deaf community and others believe that it is a good way for Deaf people to explore the hearing world. Typically, the people who frown upon cochlear implants are those who are individuals in the Deaf community. The people in
We have to show our kids that being different is not a weakness but a strength. In my opinion, Mr. Kennish failed in one of the benefits people with a hearing disability need and that is social support. The show made social support into a major discussion, which should not be ignored. Due to lack of social support, it is hard for deaf kids to be matriculated in mainstreaming. By having a lack of social support we are allowing future generations to not be accepting of people with hearing disabilities.
Even though the continuing of this culture relies on what cochlear implants seek to end, it does not give them the right to completely oppose this procedure for anyone who pursues it. The preservation of deaf culture is particularly problematic because the majority of deaf children are born to hearing parents. Most hearing parents are not familiar with American Sign Language, but many learn and
That is why in mainstream society, the quality of being deaf is seen as a disability rather than something to be praised. The common view of deafness is that it is simply a person who cannot hear and “is deficient in some way because he or she may not be able to communicate by ‘speaking’ or ‘hearing”, we capitalize on what a deaf person cannot do rather than what they can (“Understanding Deaf Culture”). Carla A. Halpern says: “We as a hearing people tend to pity deaf people, or, if they succeed in a hearing world admire them for overcoming a severe handicap. We tend to look at signing as an inferior substitute for” real” communication… We applaud deaf people, such as Marlee Matlin who use their voices to show us how far they have come from the grips of their disability” (Halpern). Though some of the hearing community might take on an unknowingly negative approach on deafness due to a lack of knowledge, for those in the deaf community, their hearing loss is not a burden or a disability, but instead an important component of their identity and culture (Sanger-Katz).
The hearing world believes that because someone is deaf he or she cannot do things that “hearing” can. The deaf and “hard of hearing” are just as capable of living normal lives as we are. One of the few differences is that they cut off from the usual forms of communications. It leads them to feel isolated, and make it hard to get information or help in an emergency. That is why they have their own community to lean on.
This art form allows Deaf people to communicate with others. Some people in the education system do not think sign language is a positive form of art because it separates the Deaf from the hearing. Others are trying to figure out methods to “fix” the Deaf so they can be more like the majority of people. Instead of adapting to the Deaf and learning their language, many want them to learn how to speak. Sign language is an important art and form of communication that is often overlooked.
Many people, including A. G. Bell, were opposed to Deaf marrying other Deaf. Bell said that sign language "causes the intermarriage of deaf-mutes and the propagation of their physical defect" (Lane, 1996:382). Bell also claimed that society was condoning the spread of "a defective race of human beings" by allowing Deaf people to socialize with each other (Jankowski, 1997:53). Since others too saw deafness as a physical defect, they agreed with Bell and started adopting oral schools for the Deaf where signed language is prohibited. If oral schools ended up being the only schools for Deaf, then their signed languages would have diminished along with a part of their heritage and culture.
Yet deaf individual have been shown to have their own culture and many choose to use ASL exclusively, teaching it to their children, as the view it to be a critical aspect of maintaining deaf culture (Gallaudet). The movie Children of a Lesser God explores how hearing individuals may view thos... ... middle of paper ... ...lture. When people are too stubborn to entertain other points of view, perspectives, definitions, and belief systems they will stop growing and learning new ways of seeing things. Similarly, when members who make up a culture view those outside their group as hostile or judgmental and keep themselves separate from anyone from an alternate culture, they are engendering the prejudicial attitudes and stereotypes they find so offensive. .When people are comfortable with their own cultural identity and are self-aware or their own strengths and weaknesses they can explore other cultures in an open manner without feeling threatened by differences they encounter.
Powerlessness and silence go together.” The Spiral of Silence theory describes when and how people decide to tell the truth about the certain topic or if they decide to not speak at all. The breaking point is whether the speaker is willing to voice his own opinion against the media’s or interpersonal opinions. In Frances Bowen’s essay, figure one is a huge help to describe the whole thought process of the spiral of silence. We have to take into effect the environment that the speaker grew up in and the current environment that they live in. The environments can majorly affect the speaker because if they were taught that something was wrong then they are more than likely not going to speak up about that certain topic.