Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Is sign language worth learning?

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The perennial question Hard of hearing keep asking themselves, but is the answer in the fact they are asking?

#1  I did level 1 last year (want to continue but couldn't find course during daytime locally); I just really enjoyed it and found it a great way of meeting people. I didn't do it because of the hearing loss but just because it was something I'd always wanted to do; it was coincidental that my hearing got a lot worse at the same time.

#2 I learnt it and found no use for it outside the home, the thing about HoH acquiring it, is they aren't aware that those who rely/live or thrive on it are apart from the social areas we inhabit, and deaf socialising is where it works. 

#3 That is because there is no support by systems to empower sign using people outside access TO those systems, so no social support for it.  Hard of hearing are also reluctant to attend or integrate into areas where it is the sole means of communication, those that do tend to sit apart even then.

#4  In learning sign you need to understand your social avenues will have to change and decide if you are prepared to change your entire social approaches, our dilemma is we don't, most of us want to access what we had before so a conflict of choice always exists. 

#5   There is a lack of proper and realistic advice. We should be told in real terms what reliance on sign language really involves.  Hard of hearing who look on it as a 'fun' thing or novelty, tend not to take it seriously, and rely on aids etc, but for the deaf it is a way of life they don't flit in and out of that communication approach, it is all and that's the issue with sign.

#6 As stated, the lack of vocabulary, lack of daily support for it and a reluctance to empower its usage in work or play, means most of us will not find a ready use for it. 12m with hearing loss, a few 1,000 who rely on 300 sign interpreters, the statistic speaks for itself. The fact there are no academic-based signs also mean the child with hearing loss can be limited in how far they can advance themselves given the world does not revolve around sign usage. 

#7  Sign has a very seductive approach and appeal born deaf readily embrace, they claim it is a natural means for the deaf on the basis they cannot hear anyway, and it is entirely visual, so it then replaces any desire or will to use that sign for access to non-deaf vocal environments. 

#8  So it is why they demand everyone else acquires it? they are unable to adapt themselves? I thought oral schools and lip-reading were options too?

#9  Worldwide there is no real attempt to create a deaf communication environment that bridges divides, activism and rights has made demands for everyone else to adapt but not them.  Many areas of the deaf feel understanding speech approaches is a form of discrimination.

#10  I think that needs a challenge if these deaf are ever to move outside their own closed areas. HoH have never really adapted to them either, there is some sort of 'standoff' or apathetic acceptance as I can see, where the more outgoing attempt to attend deaf clubs and other deaf areas,  but there is a very visible 'barrier' and like, tend to socialise with like.  HoH are tolerated visitors in most part.

#11  Hard of Hearing are hearing people waiting for the cure, so accepting the reality of deafness and all that goes with it, never really happens, sign language will never be a system they embrace.

#12  Why has nobody included lip-reading? 

#13  Probably because Hard of Hearing are desperate to accept it as a real option but finding it impossible to master?

#14 When you cut through the hype and waffle about sign language and view the realities, fewer and fewer deaf in the western world are following it blindly any more.  In the past it was assumed no other options existed, that is no longer the case.


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