08 April 2013
Silent Listening in a loud world
Normally parents worry about if their child is going to be socially accepted. They fear their child will be weird or isolated based on clothes, physical appearance even personal interests. What if you had no control of your child’s reputation at school? What if you could not fix your child’s problems? Parents would feel hopeless considering that is their loved one. It is not the parents or the child’s fault, the child was born with a disability. Statistics have proven “Damage to the development of speech, language and cognitive skills in children especially difficulties in obtaining, performing and keeping an occupation. It also tolerates Social isolation and stigmatization in all ages and both sexes.”(“Data and statistics”).It has been acknowledged that this language is not as recognized as other languages throughout the world. American Sign Language should be recognized and offered as a foreign language in elementary schools, secondary and post-secondary school level; therefore, California should recognize AmericanSign Language as a foreign language.
Generally speaking American Sign Language was first generated to communicate the deaf to one another.This occurred in the early 1800’s where Dr.Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet observed his neighbor’s daughter, AliceCogswell, who was unable to hear (“The History of American Sign Language”). Gallaudet tried helping her on how to read and write, but he was unable to understand her due to her conditions of being deaf, which is when he decided to raise money to travel east towards Europe to learn more about the deaf language (“The History of American Sign Language”).His journey was successful enough to discover a deaf instructor Laurent Clerc and together they started a new deaf school that is now known as the American School for the Deaf (“The History of American Sign Language”). In 1851, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet died. His son Edward miner Gallaudet continued his legacy in deaf education (“The History of American Sign Language”). Hisson’s goal was to eventually create a deaf college/with hard work and dedication Edward miner Gallaudet’s goal came true. Edward Gallaudet’s dream came true “In 1864 the Columbia Institute college division (The National Deaf- Mute college) opened” (“The History of American Sign Language”). After many years Edward Miner Gallaudet renamed the college to Gallaudet University located in Washington D.C after his father Dr. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (“The History of American Sign Language”). Although American Sign Language was originated in the 1800’s it rapidly spread from all over the United States. Just like cultures varies, so do many languages including American Sign Language. American Sign Language has different “languages” within its dominant one. When Gallaudet and Clerc’s School for the deaf became operational many students carried signs back to home, American Sign Language branched from these signs as well as French sign language (“The History of American Sign Language”). This allows different cultures to be able to converse within their own multicultural living.American Sign Language beliefs within cultures fluctuate. For example “Such as Asians and pacific people, believe, that deafness is a disability caused by karma (fate), they carry a fatalistic attitude about any kind of intervention” (Christensen and Delgado 138).Clearly this is not mainstreamed or else its beliefs would be more realistic and less crucial. Civilization is not aware of the deaf community because American Sign Language is not offered in school registration; therefore there is no recognition of that language. Did you know throughout the state of California there are only two deaf schools? “Ramifications of deafness are widely misunderstood and majorly underestimated”. One located in Fremont and the other is located in Riverside. Despite the fact that high...
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