Author: Rebecca Halls

Plight of Utahs Deaf Students: Part II

It is wrong to assume that deaf people want to become like hearing people and it is not our right to make educational discussions regarding deaf children with this assumption. Instead of forcing children to waste their school years on learning to “speak” and “hear,” we must give them an equal opportunity through bilingual education.

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Plight of Utah’s Deaf Students, Part 1

After a corrective surgery, six-year-old Adam’s cochlear implant had broken. As an intern for the Utah Schools for the Deaf, I joined Adam on the rug for story time. When the teacher asked Adam in spoken English what color the turkey was, he looked around confused before looking to me. I signed COLOR, WHICH? Adam sat up and excitedly signed YELLOW. I responded RIGHT! … but when I looked up, I saw that I was in trouble. Apparently, I was forbidden to sign with Adam. His Individual Education Plan stated he must communicate using spoken English. His teacher kept him from recess to teach him how to say yellow. She made Adam touch her throat as she said a slow yeellloooww while his peers played outside for an hour.

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Plight of Utah’s Deaf Students, Part 1

After a corrective surgery, six-year-old Adam’s cochlear implant had broken. As an intern for the Utah Schools for the Deaf, I joined Adam on the rug for story time. When the teacher asked Adam in spoken English what color the turkey was, he looked around confused before looking to me.

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