You'll have to go beyond the publics perception of sign language for creating a community that's very hostile toward people who have become independent from deaf culture if you really want to win these parents hearts.
I left this message in the comment section of the newspaper article:An effective way to bridge the gap between the big D (Deaf people who sign) and the little d (deaf people who don't sign) is through the language that is accessible to both -- American Sign Language (ASL). ASL also enables and enhances relationships between Deaf people and deaf/hearing people, beyond what is possible through reading/writing English or using ASL/English interpreters. Parents do not have to choose between listening/speaking and signing for their children. Instead, parents can give their children opportunities to access, acquire, and learn more than one language and have a wider range of communication tools. The challenge does not reside in the child, but in providing parents with the resources they need to provide their children with these opportunities. I applaud the Williamson family and the New Jersey Deaf community for giving themselves the opportunity to learn from each other. Welcome to my world. Mother of Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Children
Yeah i know, i am lucky my mom made the right decisions for me, i was born deaf into hearing family, i learned to sign at age 1, i was not forced to speak, i did choose to speak cuz i like to do either. I been exposed to deaf culture thru out my childhood, it was wonderful. U know i know my "adopted" deaf family who have CODA kid, she had kids herself who are hearing, they all learned ASL when they were babies, it did really benefit them big time with language skills... I oppose against parents who suddenly decide to CI their babies. ur right, at age 2, kids can play deaf when they can hear lol... I took care of a 2 year old hearing kid before for someone, i sometimes try call out her name, she ignores me lol so it just kids being kid... good luck with ur presentation to parents...
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