Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tensions Over Teaching the Deaf

“Speaking and listening classrooms across the nation are known for their forced exclusion of A.S.L. and expressly forbid any contact with the culturally deaf adult role models. We view this as inflicting violence upon thousands of innocent deaf and hard-of-hearing babies — taking away their language and pinning their hopes on dismal success rates of cochlear implants." That's a quote from Marvin Miller, president of the Indiana Association of the Deaf, in a New York Times article about drops in funding for deaf education due to state budget cuts. Read the full article here.