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February 1, 2019

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Okay, so what i learned from the readings and the lecture is not every Deaf person has the same experience growing up or the same path. Um, It depends on your parents, your level of deafness, it depends on what you feel comfortable doing and the decisions you ultimately make. Some examples, of different, um deafness, Deaf or hard of hearing individuals can have a tough time if they are taught the oral method, without sign language. These people are called "oral deaf." They are a deaf person that cannot hear, Or maybe cannot hear well. But can read lips or have simply adapted to not needing sign language as their form of communication. This happened a lot or it happened a lot in the mid 1900s. This can be hard to be accepted into either community. The hearing or Deaf community. Those who are deaf later on whether it is age or just a gradual hearing loss, on basically have to "learn to be deaf" and do not want to be apart of the deaf community. Typically they are not wanting to be apart of the Deaf community. . They are used to what they know and know what sound sounds like. Hearing is something that they had an then lost. and this can be a hard experience for them. There is a community for latened deaf (alda) for people with experiences like that it is wonderful when depending on your situation to find a group like that Or codas, or codas and can find a group with other codas. and experience can find a group such as this, they can share what their life has been like and really connect with others and help find their identity. Then you have those that are born deaf or acquire it early in life and are immersed in deaf culture and sign language. As we get more interpreters and technology is growing, the language barrier is getting smaller. This is great for many deaf and hard of hearing individuals. You cannot really be in both cultures fully. So, that is where it comes from deaf people trying to find their identity. Then you have children of deaf adults or codas. These children a lot of times are interpreting for their parents to hearing individuals This can be a lot of pressure on the children, and then also growing up, they are hearing but also involved in the deaf community. So they also struggle with identity in the sense that...their parents identify in one community (the deaf community) but they are hearing. Sign language was their first language, but the disconnect because they can hear. some parents do not sign with their child because they feel they should learn spoken language because they are not deaf... but it is hard because then they cannot communicate with their parents. The books author also has a little different experience with her identity. her identity has changed and it depends on if she is wearing her hearing aid or not. Some individuals have things called cochlear implants, that they can take on and off. So, individuals with these types of devices can sometimes go back and forth on whether they want to be hearing or deaf. It really just depends the person and their personal experience Some people may have trouble connecting with communities so they switch back and forth or hop to different ones, until they find what they find to be a match it just depends on the individual, their circumstance and what they feel comfortable doing.

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Posted by: hondajox on Feb 1, 2019

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