A Deaf Adult Speaks Out by Leo Jacobs

By Leo Jacobs

Leo Jacobs has written a different and private account of what it's prefer to be deaf in a listening to international. He speaks out on such matters as mainstreaming and its impression on deaf teenagers and the Deaf neighborhood, overall communique as opposed to oralism, employment possibilities for deaf adults, and public coverage towards deaf people.

This new version comprises an replace of prone by way of and for deaf humans, and an elevated bankruptcy on laws and social concerns that experience had an influence at the Deaf neighborhood within the final ten years.

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The day of the tongue-thrusting (at her teacher) marked a slow beginning to the search for a more natural, healthy way by which to communicate. We had no intentions of giving up speech and lipreading, but we felt deeply that this young child was due a great deal more. Up to this time we had depended solely on the literature and advice of people and organizations embracing complete oralism as the means to educate and fulfill the life of a deaf child. These sources were always entirely available, in person and through the mails.

SUPERINTENDENT, NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF Page 1 1 Introduction In order for people unacquainted with deafness* and its problems to know and understand deaf people, they should first become familiar with certain factors that contribute to the personal development of deaf adults. These include environment, etiology of hearing loss, education, and training. But, the most important factor of all is the persons: parents, teachers, supervisors at work, friends and relatives, clergy, social workers, rehabilitation personnel, or counselors who mold the deaf person's total development.

As long as the child gives reasonable and spontaneous responses, the parents can be sure that they are keeping the channel of communication open both ways, whether manually or orally. To summarize, deaf children, like all other human beings, need full communication from the time of their birth or loss of hearing in order to develop and grow psychologically and linguistically. This normal development is not possible unless the deaf child is able to Page 22 participate fully in the give and take of family communication, and to be totally involved in their activities.

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