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#31 Old 05-21-2006, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by IamJen View Post

But, deaf people (usually) are around hearing/speaking people, so surely the child would be exposed to speech.

Ah...chiaraluna, that's a good point about the language thing, other types of disabilities don't have that bond.

They would be exposed to speach, but not as much as other children, so they have a disadvantage. At a very young age, children are mostly in contact with their parents, and this is also the age that is critical to the developement of speech.
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#32 Old 05-21-2006, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Hummusisyummus View Post

Kind of sucks because if they don't learn English they tend to have really poor reading skills.

This is something I didn't realize until I understood that sign language is not just English words replaced with signs. It's a totally different language with different grammar.

And I also know or know people who know lots of deaf people not part of the deaf culture, too. A friend of mine can hear somewhat with a hearing aid, reads lips, and was taught speech at a young age. You wouldn't know she's deaf except that she speaks very slightly differently and won't "hear" what you are saying unless she's looking at you.
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#33 Old 05-21-2006, 03:07 PM
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Yeah, I didn't mean to say that it was a trait of the deaf in general. I don't know that I've experienced the uberdeaf outside of folks who've had some relation to Gallaudet, actually.

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