One of the characters mentioned her reasoning for having her child receive the implant was for academic reasons. She explained how many Deaf Americans often graduate high school with a fourth grade reading ability. The book states these same statistics claiming the average Deaf student who graduates high school at 18 or 19 reads at a fourth-grade reading level. While the woman in the movie indicated her thoughts were the reason for this was due to the deafness, the book does not make that same argument. The book maintains the idea that deafness “imposes no limitations on cognitive capabilities.”
Deafness. The term is used to describe people who are unable to hear. Deafness is a social and cultural phenomenon that exists in every country and culture in the world, and has existed for a long time. People in the deaf communities all share a common perception; thus, creating a distinctive cultural, linguistic, and social community. Their language is the main feature of deaf culture that separates and distinguishes them from hearing people all throughout history.
She never let her autism hinder just how special her mind was. She had a gift, and used it as such. It was really inspiring to know she didn’t see herself less than anyone else just because of her autism. She says “different, not less” and there is so much truth to this simple quote. No one is less than anyone else, but we are all different in our own special way.
A few years ago, a couple (lesbian) decided to have a child. Both of them were deaf and they were proud of it, so they wanted the child to be a deaf people. They did not think deafness was a kind of physical disability, and they though deafness was just a kind of lifestyle. They wanted their child to inherit the deafness. Through their efforts, their child—Gawain was born deaf.
Annotated Bibliography: Deafness/Disability - problematising notions of identity, culture and structure In the essay, “Deafness/Disability - problematising notions of identity, culture and structure, Mairian Corker focuses on the tension between Deaf and disabled people. As Corker analyzes the division between Deaf and disabled people she reflects on Margaret Archer’s views. Corker explains that Margaret Archer viewed “ the structural (‘parts’) and cultural (‘people’) domains are substantively different, as well as being relatively autonomous from each other” (Corker 2002). Throughout her essay Corker talks about the different theories in Deaf studies and disability studies to explain the same issues.
SL Deaf Event Quarter 1 For my first quarter Deaf Event, I read the book I'll Scream Later by Marlee Matlin. The book reflects on the highs and lows of Marlee's life from the time she was a young child, up until a few years before she joined Switched at Birth, one of her more famous roles among modern times. The cause of Marlee's deafness is still unknown. One theory that Marlee used to believe was that she became Deaf after contracting a viral infection as a baby, although she later learned that particular infection cannot cause deafness.
Hellen Keller overcame her disabilities to become a great author and a lead example to all people with disabilities to show that nothing is impossible. Having no way to communicate or see my surroundings is impossible to imagine and is a great obstacle to overcome especially more than 100 years ago. I would imagine that my life would be completely different with two major disabilities such as Hellen Keller and would be very difficult without a great teacher like Anne Sullivan. I would feel trapped if I were to lose my ability to use language later in life and would not know what to do. I would not be able to talk, see, read or write and that leaves me with no form of communication.
The story of Lynn Spradley’s journey is for every parent who believes that their child isn’t normal. I learned a great deal about what it truly means to be deaf from this book. Reading this story brought out much emotion as the story progressed. Lynn’s parents Tom and Louise reaction of every parent’s worst thought when having a child. Everyone believes that there child is going to be healthy and fully functioning ready to be a part of the world.
Hearing is something that many of us take for granted. Everyday activities are a struggle for a deaf person. Cynthia Walker is 20-years-old and was born deaf. Her life is very difficult. Simple things like communicating with her mother and ordering food is a challenge for Cynthia.
Deaf children with Deaf parents usually develop a strong sense of self and know who they are. While many Deaf children with hearing parents grow up and have resentment for their parents and professionals. They usually they feel as if they weren’t exposed into the deaf world enough. Both parents face considerable challenges in raising their children. They face their children being “educated below their capacity, employed below their capability and viewed negatively in the hearing world because they are deaf” (28).
Heather Whitestone McCallum, more widely known as the first Miss Deaf America, was born on February 24, 1973 in Alabama. Today she lives in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, has four children and is married to John McCallum. She is an author of three different books, the most popular being Believing the Promise: Daily Devotions for Following Your Dreams, in which she talks about her motivation. At the age of eighteen months old, Heather was diagnosed with the Haemophilus influenza virus and a dangerously high fever that caused her to lose her hearing.
Heather Whitestone was born on February 24, 1923 in Dothan, Alabama. Whitestone was the first woman with a disability to be crowned Miss America 1995. Her mother, Daphne Gray, was a seventh grade math teacher and her father, Bill Whitestone, was an owner of a furniture store. She is the youngest of three sisters. She is married with John A. McCallum, a hearing man and they have four children’s.
Drug usage is a big problem in the hearing community and is talked about almost every day, but not the deaf community. Believe it or not, drug usage is a big problem within the deaf community and no one really takes action because obviously communication is much more harder than it is communicating with someone that can hear. The hearing community tends to not care about people who are not relevant to them at all; thus making the deaf community feel different and lonesome. Deaf people are not granted certain jobs, they’re not treated the same, and they are not thought of as the same. When in reality, we all have skin, we all have bones, we all have or have had hair, and we all are capable of doing tasks.
Helen Keller was an activist, who used her challenges of being deaf, and blind to help others with the same challenges. To help her along the way Helen Keller had a lot of motivations, had activism, and influences. One of her motivations were going to school to become educated. One of her activism was fighting for women’s rights. One of her influences was Anne Sullivan, who taught Helen to talk.
When Sophia’s mother was giving birth, the doctor had made a medical mistake, resulting in Sophia becoming deaf for the rest of her life. It is unclear what the medical mistake entailed, but it greatly impacted the life of Sophia and how she developed as a young girl. Sophia and her husband have three children of their own, and none of them are hearing impaired. She is worried for her younger two sons because they are not exposed to language as other children may be. She is afraid that they will develop problems with communicating and learning, similar to their oldest daughter.