Deafness as Culture

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Deafness as Culture The Atlantics Deafness as Culture had a very interesting impact on how I view the deaf community. I had never realized just how difficult it is for a deaf child to communicate with hearing individuals. The article had very interesting information on the attempts that have been both failed and succeeded towards the wide spread establishment of a deaf culture. Many steps that have been taken towards the accepted establishment of a deaf culture have been hugely successful, and have furthered society as a whole. One of the largest successes has been the development of more and more schools for the deaf, this opens up the availability for both deaf and hearing people to learn of the deaf culture. The schools for the deaf are a method in which deaf children can socialize with people that do not see deafness as a disability. This enables a comfortable learning environment for the students, facilitating a place where they are able to flourish academically and socially . I feel that there are parties within both the hearing and deaf societies that are being somewhat immovable on their strong views of how a deaf person should be raised in the United States today. Steadfast commitment to any ideal has the possibility to become negative if one is totally unwilling to compromise their ideals . On one hand we have hearing parents that force their child to learn English, under the pretense that their child will have more opportunities in the hearing society, are wrong in their disregard for the social needs and culturalization of their deaf child. On the other hand we have the unmoving views of some in the deaf community that feel that totally removing a deaf child from hearing society is a plausible resolution. In order for the deaf community to flourish both the deaf and hearing communities will need to learn how to work with one
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