Friday, 9 August 2019

Captions at the Fringe...

LINK  (Thanks to Andrew Arthur for the link).

Deaf community introduction project

Neatly avoiding the pros and cons of oral V sign-based education, and inclusion /mainstream approaches? Let's not even start with the deaf politic view! It would seem the USA educational system is choice-based, rather more than need-based. A deaf school choice needs to be considered really carefully because of life-long implications of formative year education as this sets the 'tone' for adult future outcomes. Parents determined to ensure their child can hold their own in the mainstream might well reconsider choosing a deaf school or ASL a language mainstream do not know or use.  DO they want their child to grow up interpreter dependent e.g?  Again these things aren't inevitable.

UK deaf schools often fail when specialising in 'immersion' approaches.  It tends to ill-equip the deaf to cope in the mainstream after,  

There is no 'inevitability' deaf should always be with other deaf, this is parental insecurity, it's ignorance really, based on the worry hearing peers will make their child upset or insecure or they will be discriminated against, they need to realise their part in all that, ergo,  keeping them away from hearing peers will kill any inclusion process.  Residential schools are pretty much a thing of the past here, viewed as non-conducive to inclusion.    

There was a lot of practical advice, but parents are not actually being told other aspects of deaf education and support that change outcomes for their child.   The project people no doubt hoping to present basic info and avoiding the contention but..... The rise of the cultists is also an issue as they are having increasing clout with USA systems trying to change educational approaches to their view of the world, basically, insisting the world has to adapt to them rather than any two-way approach to that.  It's based on the views of 'rights' (Always debated in a singular sense), and others suggesting deaf are unable to adapt anyway (Who needs doubters?).  

There are in the USA both oral and sign based systems this wasn't really explained to the parent about those choices or possible and potential outcomes either.  Parents do not know how to address deafness and the advice areas still fail to adopt any neutral advice approaches.  The advice about the huge amount of 'choice' and rights deaf have in the USA I feel sure, isn't one shared by others,  especially that unable to afford it.

I'm still puzzled, why they titled the item a 'community introduction'?  The community wasn't discussed.  Perhaps the project leaders covering their backs?

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