Autism is a dreadful disease that affects people of all ages. Autism Spectrum Disorder causes many problems to a patient's life such as poor social skills, empathy, and effective use of language for communication. ("Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders") The majority of people who are diagnosed and suffer from autism are younger children. Specialists who have studied autism believe that 1 out of 88 children at the age of eight suffer from this disease, and there is nothing that can be done to fix the problem. ("Autism Fact Sheet") Scientists and doctors have known about autism for many years; however, they still have not been able to find a cure.
James P. Spradely, as being the Uncle and co-author of this book, I think that also his perspective is also important in that he is an outsider in the family. His perspective is so different from what the family saw on a daily basis, since he did not live with Lynn. As the reader also, I see how he was needed to help edit the book so that all the things that where importan... ... middle of paper ... ...e start of the first things that where started for the deaf community and now we see the changes that have happened over the years. The people that should read this book are families that are just diagnosed with deafness, this is a helpful resource for them to see and also it will give them an idea of what is out there for help. I think that everyone should read this book and be able to see what the deaf community is about so they do not judge them because they are different in our society tells us all that we have to be the same.
The doctors should tweak the medical terms and approach to parents of deaf child to make the situation less extreme as it sound. Those terms tend to affect the parents’ decision because they feel rush and overwhelm by it. Parents of deaf child constantly make decisions and paths for the child and hope for the best. The first decision that my parents made when they discovered that I’m deaf are “old-school” hearing aids and weekly intense speech therapy. At first, I hated both of i... ... middle of paper ... ...ports that influence my future and added several pieces of puzzles of my journey.
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.
This issue is important because if you try to force the Deaf to hear they might not grow because they will have no form of communication to use with other people. Even though the doctors might say to not use ASL, this will greatly hinder your child's well being in the long run. I learned a lot about Deaf people, ASL, and/or Deaf Culture after reading this book. Deaf people are normal just like anybody else and they should not be treated any differently. Some people treat Deafness as a disease that needs to be cured, but it's not.
Mark’s hearing loss was slow, and happened overtime without going noticed. When the reality of his hearing loss struck his family and teachers, questions about his education aroused. His parents and his grandparents were worried that teaching him sign language would draw him from learning spoken language, so it was decided that Mark would be raised as a normal hearing and speaking child. At this time in history, those who were deaf were tried at best to be converted into hearing people. Doctors, speech therapists, and audiologists all recommended the use of speaking and lip reading instead of sign language.
Mythology “Throughout history and right up until maybe the 1950s, hearing people believed deafness to be so terrible it had to be "cured" in any way imaginable, even if the cure risked bodily harm.”1 To read this is sad, the way that the hearing people use to look at the deaf and the sad thing is some people still look at them as handicap. To know that the hearing parents or hearing people in general would try to heal their children, friends, siblings and...etc and be willing for possible harm to their physical body so they can hear, is outrages. Here are few mythologies that the parents or people in general would try to do to heal the Deaf, “Stick a twig in the ear and keep it there all day and night until the deafness is cured...Climb up very, very high then suddenly jump down. The sharp fall will restore the hearing...Let yourself be hypnotized; when you come out of it, you will hear again...Use any of a number of drugs or herbs to restore hearing...Cell salts and mineral products for treating deafness.”2 Take a look at the
During one of his many visits to one of his school he met a young student by the name of Mabel Hubbard “I have discovered that my interest in my dear pupil… has ripened into a far deeper feeling'; (always inventing, 28) this caused some controversy between the two families because of the significant age difference and the fact the she was deaf, also they didn’t want them to have kids for there was a possibly of deafness being hereditary (Alexander Graham Bell An Inventive Life, 16). Also people in the community were talking about how Bell was going to marry a deaf girl, but despite this wishes of the families the got married and had children who turned out fine. Mabel describes her first meeting wit Bell “I did not like him. He was tall, with jet black hair and eyes but dressed badly and carelessly in an old fashion suit… he seemed hardly a gentleman'; (Alexander Graham Bell An inventive life, 16).
It was painful to see how hard the parents worked to get Lynn to be normal like the rest of the family. They spent so much of their time focusing on getting her to talk and read lips that they overlooked one huge factor: that no matter how hard they tried, Lynn was deaf. It was so frustrating to see how much resistance they had towards using sign language. It was sad to see how disappointed the parents were when they learned of Lynn’s deafness even though it was easy to see they loved their child very much. I feel as though this book was a great look into how the world wants to fix, and repair people with disabilities and how strong and proud the deaf community is that they would rather consider themselves to be special and of their own culture than to be considered less abled than a hearing person.
Language does not only mean oral communication, there are many other forms of communicating however oral communication is the only one considered “normal.” The book “Deaf Like Me” follows a little girl Lynn throughout her early years of life and relates to us the struggles she endured while trying to fit into the mold of being normal. The story written by her father Thomas Spradley and her uncle James Spradley is an exceptional and moving story walking us through the early attempts of Lynn’s family trying to get her to learn the oral language despite her deafness that did not allow her to develop language by listening to the people around her. The beginning of the book takes us back to when Louise and Thomas had only one child. Bruce was around the age of 3 when he contracted the German measles. The doctor had informed Louise that if she was pregnant German measles could cause congenital defects to the unborn child.