To think about…

“The popular media continue to write stories about children with cochlear implants who achieve the ability to hear and use speech, implying directly or indirectly that the child does not need sign language anymore because he or she has the possibility of speech. Ironically, sign language is increasingly taught to hearing children in public schools at all levels as an option for foreign language instruction.  For ASL to be acceptable for hearing children, even beneficial to their early development as some have claimed, yet at the same time as detrimental to the development of deaf children, is one of the oddest contradictions of our age”

in: Padden & Humphries, Inside Deaf Culture, 2005, 76.


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