By Leo Jacobs
This new version comprises an replace of companies through and for deaf humans, and an multiplied bankruptcy on laws and social concerns that experience had an impression at the Deaf group within the final ten years.
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Pp. 133-134) The parents of little deaf children should let their love and concern for the best welfare of their children override any pride or prejudice they may possess, and start using any method of communication that will readily reach the youngsters' minds, and elicit response from them. They should not be ashamed to use exaggerated gestures to implement their speech, although they would be doing their children a big favor if they would learn some formal signs* beforehand. Homemade gestures are equivalent to baby talk, and are therefore worthless outside the immediate family, while formal signs can be carried over to other situations.
Thus, in our own case we can say that the great hearing majority is indeed "deaf" to the needs of the deaf! These problems are compounded by the very nature of deafness. It is so invisible to the casual beholder that the outward behavior of a deaf person resembles that of any ordinary person. It comes as a very great shock when the hearing person discovers a person is deaf. Deafness becomes apparent only when the deaf person begins to converse with someone manually or by notewriting or otherwise indicates deafness when the hearing person attempts to start a conversation.
I did not really find myself until I reached my sophomore year, which was the third year of Gallaudet's five-year program. I received my bachelor's degree when I was 19, in the middle of the great Depression. I was offered a counselor's job at the older boys' dormitory at my alma mater. I received my real baptism of dormitory life then, starting with the supervision of about 100 of the older boys, which included sending them to bed at specified times. Once you realize that during my first years many of those boys were older than I, you will understand that I had a rugged time.
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