It makes you realize that regardless religion, social status, salary, race and other things we seem to care so much about, we can look past and develop meaningful relationships. I felt like this book told the story of being deaf from one person’s viewpoint, but also touched base on the general Deaf experience when talking about how the people around him would react. But, because Mark was born hearing, and was always “so close” to being hearing, all his teachers, doctors, and grandparents wanted him to be considered hearing and to be “normal”. If he had been born deaf, he would have been accepted as a deaf person instead of being treated as if he had some kind of disease. I believe that this book presents the Deaf community in a positive light because although he talks about how his deafness made him feel like an outcast and like he was broken which led to his low self-esteem, it’s a beautiful outcome showing a boy’s growth and how he learned to be proud and understand that there is nothing wrong with being different from other people.
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.
He spends a peaceful life with his mother and father. His mother and father were also deaf. The main purpose of the author for writing this book is to inform the readers about the struggles of the deaf boy (Ginsburg et.al, 2013). Issues arise in his life In the book named “Deaf Again”, the author has discussed the life of the young deaf boy who was very
Deaf Again by Mark Drolsbaugh Born hearing to deaf, signing parents, Mark gradually lost his hearing. Despite the fact that his deaf parents preferred sign communication, Mark was raised and educated without the use of sign language. His parents and grandparents were concerned that sign might interfere with speech and restrict his educational achievement. Although Mark became increasingly hard-of-hearing, he worked hard to "pass" as a hearing person. This ambition, he later discovered, actually constricted his development and limited the depth of relationships with family and friends.
This person was from the other class and was a couple rows back so there was absolutely no way that Mark could understand what he was saying. The only thing he heard come out of the boy's mouth was a garbled mess. Mark was so confused and could not answer the child that the teacher scolded him stating that this behavior was inappropriate. Mark did not k... ... middle of paper ... ... consider is whether or not to use ASL in the home. 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.
He was forced by his parents to attend a normal public school and he fell behind in school. They never showed him ASL and when given the chance to put him in a school that will help him they refused. After time they finally changed him and now he has improved. Family talks very loud to him, even are considering getting a surgery, and no one attempts to learn sign but now there is a little change that I see. Change is what we all want to see forever discrimination that exist but it will take a long time before it goes away completely.
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).
Parents not accepting the fact their child is deaf and does not want to be part of the hearing world. Many parents whose child are born or become deaf do not want any contact with the deaf community; they just want to “fix” their child. Sad part is that the child has no idea is... ... middle of paper ... ...f their child. Agreeing that the CI cannot cure deafness, not saying all hearing parents don’t get involve with the deaf community and learning sign language but for the parents who do the exact opposite is what upsets many deaf individuals. Parents that have deaf children believe the implant is beneficial for themselves and their child.
If the technology was there to fix this disability, why wouldn’t anyone want their child to have it? “840 babies are born with a permanent hearing loss every year.”(NDCS of UK). This is a horrible number to hear, that so many children will never be able to hear. If there was any technology able to restore a child’s hearing it would be a shame if the parents didn’t get it. “Deaf children face tremendous difficulties learning to read, write and communicate with the hearing world around them.”(NDCS of UK).
If you had asked me this question many years ago, I would have been hard-pressed to come up with an answer. Deaf Pride? What Deaf Pride? What about all those times in mainstream school when I had to give up and simply say "I don't know" because I couldn't understand the teacher? What about all those times I was made fun of?