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Deaf Chapter II

Most deaf children are born to hearing parents, and those parents usually want to fix the deafness. Many deaf people, however, believe that their condition is the basis of a unique and invaluable culture with its own language, arts, and traditions.

Deaf people enjoy more political clout and have more social acceptance than ever before. At the same time, the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that can provide many deaf people with some semblance of hearing, threatens to eradicate Deaf culture as it now exists.

Someone asked Ray Kenney, director of the Empire State Association for the Deaf, whether he had any experience leading a protest. He shrugged and signed…

"I didn't know that there were other people like me," one deaf girl said to me. "I thought everyone in the world would rather talk to someone…

One cannot imagine thought without language any more than one can imagine language without thought.

From the time God made earth until today, this is probably the best time to be deaf.—Greg Hlibok

It was almost like I had lived in two very separate worlds all my life, Deaf and hearing. A lot of my hearing friends have seen the Deaf side. The Deaf…

"What we have experienced is so similar: if you are Deaf, you know almost exactly what it is like to be gay, and vice versa." —MJ Bienvenu,…

"Deaf people never need hotels; you are always given a place to stay with other Deaf people. Though we used different signed languages, these Chinese…

"Parents of deaf kids should know not to be afraid, not to let their kid be afraid. My parents made sure I was never afraid." —Spencer…

The deaf alliance in Bengkala is extremely free in every sense except geography; their freedom is predicated on a linguistic fluency shared only in their…

Barbara Matusky struggled to give her children a feeling of confidence. "The whole time they were growing up I said,'You can do anything you want…

There is a race going on. One team consists of the doctors who will make the deaf hear. They are humanitarian miracle-workers. On the other team are the…

"While I'm pretty comfortable with my disability and don't see CI [cochlear implant] as an evil force intent on destroying the Deaf culture, I do…

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