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. Another example that will be mentioned is the experience of going to a deaf event. Each of these examples will be used to help visualize and make other aware of how hard it s for many deaf individuals. They struggle in school, and any of them can tell you that hearing aids hurt them, however they still do not all understand hearing people in the big world but know how to read lips, and try to communicate.
Land of the deaf by Nicholas Philibert is a movie that gives insight on what school was like for deaf children. Each child was given a hearing aid, and was expected to repeat what the teacher was saying to them. They spoke into a microphone and it was connected to the computer, where a videogame was shown. One child was having a difficult time speaking, and the teacher only gave him a few chances and then was about to give up and tell him he cannot do it. Watching that little boy should make you sad, just think we may find it difficult to write a perfect sentence, but he has to learn how to even say a sentence, not being able to hear himself speak. Honestly deaf people must hav...
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... got the chance to meet her at the bar as well, she runs a lot of deaf events. His son was also there and he told me that his son is a senior at CSI. It was nice to see that he was happy, that a few of my classmates and I went to visit him. He liked to be able to talk to new faces for a change. The experience definitely made me feel happy, and know that I picked the right language to learn. I have been encouraged to really practice and try to become fluent so that I can go to more deaf events and be able to have longer conversations with people.
The deaf culture is unbelievably important to know. More and more deaf children are being brought into this world, and for them to be able to talk or try to communicate with a hearing person would be terrific. Hopefully more people will notice and like Ballin wished the word will be spread and more people will become aware.
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