A Deaf Adult Speaks Out by Leo Jacobs

By Leo Jacobs

Leo Jacobs has written a distinct and private account of what it truly is wish to be deaf in a listening to global. He speaks out on such matters as mainstreaming and its impression on deaf youngsters and the Deaf neighborhood, overall conversation as opposed to oralism, employment possibilities for deaf adults, and public coverage towards deaf people.

This re-creation contains an replace of companies through and for deaf humans, and an elevated bankruptcy on laws and social matters that experience had an influence at the Deaf neighborhood within the final ten years.

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It hurts, but parents can accept and understand that their child cannot hear the birds sing and the wind blow. They can accept the knowledge that their baby won't hear bells ring or the sound of rain on the window. What they cannot accept or understand is that they can't communicate with this important member of their family . . I have seen cases where hearing parents have rejected their deaf child. Page 16 Virtually every week there is a new story to be told of how deaf boys and girls are facing problems because they cannot communicate with their parents.

However, our priorities differ from those of hearing parents and educators who champion the oral method. We consider the training in oral methods of communication to be a matter of convenience, not a matter of life or death. We feel they should take a back seat to the all-important mission of communicating fully with the children so that we are sure they are getting an adequate education to be individuals, which is their birthright as American citizens. Really conscientious parents of young deaf children should always make sure that they are maintaining full two-way communication with them.

Page 23 4 The Deaf as a Minority Group The minority group status of the deaf is producing more numerous and greater problems for them than the handicap itself. This statement becomes more credible when comparing deaf people with other disadvantaged minorities: the Blacks, the Chicanos, the American Indians, etc. Deaf people can identify with many of the same problems encountered by these minority groups. Sue Mitchell in her doctoral dissertation gave an interesting explanation for the current situation of deaf adults: The deaf individual has commonly found himself the victim of a self-defeating cycle.

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