I feel bad for them. Imagine not being able to hear the simple things in life we (the hearing community) takes for granted.” The Hearing community will always view the Deaf with the half-empty perspective, unless they personally know someone who is Deaf or have taken a course about Deaf culture. Taking Deaf culture has totally changed my perspective, personally. I now look at the Deaf with the half-full perspective. I admire the Deaf culture, they are so strong and hold such
The struggle deaf people face ASL is not something a lot of people learn to do. Many schools do not offer the students the opportunity to take ASL as a language. It is believable to understand, that schools may not understand how important it may be to offer ASL as a class. The history, and information that can be given to students about the deaf culture is important. After being introduced to Land of the deaf by Nicholas Philibert, See what I mean: differences between deaf and hearing people by Thomas K. Holcomb and Anna Mindess, and Deaf Mute Howls by Albert Ballin, it was clear that it isn’t easy for deaf people to learn how to speak to one another.
Many deaf or hard of hearing people may feel as if audists are trying to destroy and lessen their culture. For example, some hearing people want the Deaf community to act like the hearing does. Some hearing people believe that the Deaf community should conform and adopt English, lip reading, and speech. This is known as audism as well. Audism can prevent the deaf and hard of hearing from receiving a quality education.
English is an interesting language. English is comprised of many different words from different languages all mashed up and mixed together. English is a very hard language to learn, especially if you can’t hear it. How easy would it be to confuse a “B” with a “P”, they sound similar and when trying to lip read how can you tell the difference? I feel that young Deaf /hard of hearing students being taught by a Deaf teacher or a child of a Deaf adult (C.O.D.A) teacher is very important because ASL is the first step to learning English and becoming bilingual.
Today there is controversy in deaf culture as whether it is better to orally train a child or expose them to signing. In this paper, I will look at the quality of speech developed in deaf children, predictors of speech development, and language abilities of deaf children who are orally trained versus deaf children who are exposed to a fluent sign language. Children with hearing loss develop speech slower than children who are hearing. Speech development can be broken down into intelligibility, noun production, and consonant production. Children who are hard of hearing are capable of developing speech with little errors in intelligibility, noun production, and consonant production, but the more minor the hearing loss, the less likely it is to be caught, so intelligibility does not become strong until on average age 7 (Yoshinaga-Itano, C., & Sedey, A., 1998).
A deaf child born to deaf parents adapt language normally, because the parents know how to relate to their child. However, a deaf child born to hearing parents, who have no prior exposure to the deaf culture, struggle to learn how to communicate with their child. The absence of communication will interfere with a child’s development (Easterbrooks & Baker 2002). Hearing parents do try their best, but there are things a deaf child needs. The knowledge of visual and spatial relationships is a skill most hearing parents do not understand, however their child will need that understanding (Easterbrooks & Baker 2002).
With that in mind, deaf people culturally hold the perception that deafness is a social phenomenon rather than a type of disability. They are so proud of their language, culture, traditions, art and organizations. On the other hand, there is another camp that believes in the dire necessity to introduce children with hearing loss to the spoken language as early as possible in order to help them to integrate with the hearing world. Such heated debate confuses many families who just learnt the sad news of having a new baby with hearing problems. While they struggle to cope with the new situation they will need to make a vital decision concerning the future of their new born baby.
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.
Student who are hard of hearing many be only to hear specific frequencies or sounds within a certain volume range. They will most likely have speech; however, their speech could be impaired due to their inability to hear their own voices clearly. While those students who are deaf may have little or no speech depending on the severity of their hearing loss, and they are more likely to use American Sign Language than those students who are hard-of-hearing (“Deaf or Hard of Hearing,” 2004). Hearing loss can affect a child dramatically in their early development. It is important to be aware and cautious of noticing signs towards possible hearing loss, because language and communication skills deve... ... middle of paper ... ...ded.
Those who have deaf parents are more likely to develop a strong sense of independence because they have their parents as role models. Unfortunately, those with hearing parents may not have much of a support system. There are many cases where hearing parents don’t learn their own child’s language and don’t care to communicate with them. These children may have a low self-esteem and no high hopes for their future. This is why, as teachers, we must show that we care by sharing our knowledge and promoting these skills, so that these students know what the future has to offer.