Sunday, January 20, 2008

Diversity or Uniformity

I was involve with a debate on Cochlear Implants for children and adults. I respect others opionions and experiences. I have had a positive experience with my CIs. I love it. I can't wait to put them on in the morning. They empower me!

I feel very strongly that in order for the Deaf Community to grow, they need to celebrate its diversity.

I am not putting the person's name, but this discussion is on alldeaf
[QUOTE=person;900330]wow, all of you were here until one o clock a.m. to debate. :D It seems forever to sit on the chair and drink bunches of coffee cups to debate until we find fact the answer to bring it up to Washington, DC to send all the letters to the congressmen and FDA. ;)
We should work in the White House.[/QUOTE]

We will never work in the White house, why this is the same adminstration that also believes that students with disabilities and ELL should be 100% proficient on state testing . (my opinion)

The problem is there is no answer - we forget to take into account that every child and adult is different. We can't give a uniform policy. I'm oral and love it. Your ASL and love it. I am against being told I should have learned ASL to function. Your against being told you must be oral. I would never be able to put my child in a residental school. Also not all children are visual learners. Some are auditory(me) and Kinesthetic or even tactile. We have to take into account that not all children or adults will fit the in one group.

So what I see in this forum is instead of working together we isolate and form groups the anti and for. Instead of empowering parents and adults in choices and resources. We should never force people to pick sides. They should be able to have the best of both sides. If they make a choice for CIs then they should be able to be welcomed and encouraged. I kept seeing medical professionals bashed. My doctors and audiologicst have been the best. Even back to the ones I had in college.

Instead of celebrating our diversity, we encourage uniformity.

My dream is for my child to make a positive impact on society.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your insight.


Karen Mayes said...

Well written... exactly my thoughts. Accept people as who they are.

Li-Li's Mom said...

Nice viewpoint, Val! Yes, we share the same ultimate dream, what a great thing to have in common! Beth

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore said...

"My dream is for my child to make a positive impact on society."
How incredible that that has already begun happening. We just need to give them a voice..using the language of their choice. Jodi

Debbie/Steve said...

No size does not fit all. Everyone need to accept for who we are.

Ann_C said...

We d/Deaf are of a spectrum, not one group only. I agree with Jodi's comment, "...just give them a voice, using the language of their choice."
That is empowering to all of us.

Deaf dating said...

An excellent point made! thanks…

Abbie said...

Perfect, there can never be any uniformity because with uniformity we can never learn. Acceptance of the diversity of people would be a grand start!

Great post my good woman :)

anna s said...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us all.

My little one is an auditory/signed english learner and he flourished after he got implanted and moved to a school that met his needs from a residential school where ASL is primarily used. Hey, I am an ASL mom, but what can I do? My kid says his brain processes differently regardless of his profound hearing loss. My other kid who is hearing signs in ASL order and learns better visually. The world is strange sometimes.

Sorry I know I talk about my kid a lot. He changed my life.

Tales from the CI Gal said...

We just need to give them a voice..using the language of their choice

that is so perfect. It said it all! Thank you. I don't know what I would do without all the blogs. I love my community with all the people in it.