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.
Most jobs won’t hire a deaf person because they don’t think they are able to do the job even if they are more than capable, typically companies don’t want to accommodate or are unaware on how to accommodate the deaf or hard of hearing. The National Association of the deaf can help inform you on what to do and legally what is your next step. On their website, it’ll say that deaf people must have, “visual alerts for audible alarms and messages, captioned audiovisual information.” Those are just a few accommodations that every deaf person. The next step if a person is discriminated would be to contact Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and it will be
Audism can prevent the deaf and hard of hearing from receiving a quality education. Their educational environment may be based around only hearing professionals. These professionals may not know sign language. In addition, they may believe English is more important than sign language. Some deaf or hard of hearing may be forced to master English to build a foundation on their education.
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.
American Sign Language(ASL) has been for many years the main way the deaf communicate and is also extremely important to the deaf culture. To the hearing world, being deaf was always considered a handicap and for that reason they came up with what is called a cochlear implant, causing great debate within the deaf culture. The invention of the cochlear implant has the deaf worried that their culture will be destroyed, while the hearing world find that it will better there lives, not realizing that this procedure is not a cure and will leave the deaf confused as to where they belong in society. While hearing aids amplify sounds so that a damaged ear can pick them up, cochlear implants send electrical signals directly to the nerves of the inner ear, via implanted electrodes and wires, and are used for people whose hearing loss is so profound that hearing aids are not effective ("Cochlear implants" n. pag) . They came about during the early 1980's and since then has caused a great deal of problems within the deaf community.
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
Deaf Culture is often misunderstood because the hearing world thinks of deafness as a handicap. The Deaf are not given enough credit for their disabilities even though they are unable to hear. Being misunderstood is the biggest reason why they are not accepted in the world of hearing. The learning process for them may be slower and more difficult to learn, but they are still very bright individuals. The problem at hand is the controversy of trying to “fix” the Deaf when they may or may not want to be “fixed”.
On the subject of a Cochlear Implant (CI) is a big controversy between the two communities. In the Hearing world, most people if given a deaf child might go straight to giving it Cochlear so it will then be, in the minds of the Hearing, a part of the hearing community ,but In the Deaf community, some, if not most, refuse the use of a Cochlear Implant because they feel that it is just another device aimed to fix what is not broken, and because of that, to them, it is stripping Deaf people from their culture and the safety and effectiveness is not high enough to take the risk of the surgery. To the Deaf, they live highly functional lifestyle without the device. So, why is there such a fast decision on getting an implant? 2.
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).
That is why it is called a stereotype, because it is not necessarily true about the deaf population that they are not educated enough to get a job. It’s mainly to do with the fact that deaf people find it very difficult to find a job where the employers will agree to the ADA law and provide the services as needed for the deaf employee. Many of the businesses do not want to use up more resources for a deaf person, so they instead do not give the job to a deaf person and lie to them saying that it is because they were not qualified for the job. A deaf peddler can also create fear in hearing parents with deaf child(ren) that they do not want their children to become like them. “Most damaging is the fear that strikes the heart of a mother or father whose child has just been diagnosed as deaf and thinks “Is my daughter or son going to become one of t-h-e-m?” (Tweet Explained) referring to the deaf peddlers, so the stereotype is very detrimental to the deaf people and their