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.
From this stemmed many of the false beliefs about signed language. Such as signed language will make the signer stupid, it will interfere with learning spoken language, and it is not an actual language. Thanks to many research studies done in the last 40 years these misconceptions have been disproved. We have learned that there is a better way of educating our deaf students: Bicultural-Bilingual (bi-bi) educational methods. Some of the consequences of the Milan Conference include the banning of the use of signed languages in the classroom and making it so deaf could not educate other deaf.
It is a hard and laborious method and in the past often had extreme measures, that were border line abusive, put in place to try and ensure success. Manaulism is when a deaf person uses sign language as their primary from of communication. Learning to communicate using sign language is much more easier on a deaf or hard of hearing person. Although the majority of Deaf culture views oralism as a form of abuse and an attempt to “fix” their disability, instead of embracing their differences and culture, many deaf families view oralism as a way to interact with the “normal” society of the hearing world and embrace the idea of allowing their profoundly deaf children to “hear” and talk to hearing people through a spoken language. When people hear the word “deaf” many times they think of their grandparents or other elders who have lost their ability to hear due to old age.
This opposition is similar to the cochlear implant opposition. The people who believe Deaf students should be in mainstream schools tend to come from the hearing community, as they view being Deaf with the half-empty perspective. Those who believe Deaf students should go to Deaf schools are usually the ones from the Deaf community, as they view being Deaf with the half-full perspective. The Deaf community believes that Deaf students should stay in Deaf schools because it helps them embrace their deafness. It allows them to use sign language and be with people who are Deaf, as well.
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Being deaf does not mean they have to know American Sign Language first which means their grammar could be bad or not. It is really important to know how to do correct grammar than using "American Sign Language" grammar. The public school did changed me a lot better and improve everything.” The third question, what is your wish that school can improve for the future? Devyn said, “My wish that deaf school could be more deaf students. They would set up for football and more sports.
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Deaf Culture In mainstream American society, we tend to approach deafness as a defect. Helen Keller is alleged to have said, "Blindness cuts people off from things; deafness cuts people off from people." (rnib.org) This seems a very accurate description of what Keller's world must have been. We as hearing people tend to pity deaf people, or, if they succeed in the hearing world, admire them for overcoming a severe handicap. We tend to look at signing as an inferior substitute for "real" communication.