Originally Posted by ClearSky
This is my post:
Again, this is MY experience, and in my experience in school, hearing impaired was the term normally used. I do get your point, but I am not calling anyone hearing impaired in terms of contributing to discomfort. Deaf or Hard of Hearing were never used during MY classroom experiences. It wouldn't make sense to me to use deaf or hard of hearing in my other post because it simply wasn't the term used when I was in school.
So, I felt the appropriate term was to use hearing impaired. I may not make sense to you, but it makes sense to me. We can go on jillio, but I strongly feel that I used the appropriate term related to MY experience.
If it was talking about Shel's student or someone here or that I know use the word deaf or hard of hearing, then by all means, I use deaf or hard of hearing.
I am not missing any point. I do get it's the cultural exposure differences. The fact is that when someone defends their children's exposure, and if it is related to oral or CI reasons for exposure, one goes on to list the reasons why their way is better for their child. Sometimes what's general needs to go into details to try to clarify WHY they choose that exposure for their child. I felt it was appropriate to explain my opinion.
I see other parents and poster's contribution here and giving their opinions, why are you picking on me about this? And the word hearing impaired when I felt it was VERY appropriate? I think it's simply real silly. I feel you simply don't like what I have to say and very biased, which is fine for you. I just hope you're aware that you're not leading your thread to a biased opinion.
Hearing impaired is just as offensive as some other negative labels that puts a group of people in a negative light. If u want to accept that for yourself, it is your right.
It is not silly...it is all about a change in attitudes and views and if we want the negative views of deafness, deaf people, and sign language to be changed into a more positive view, starting out with eliminating negative labels like that is taking one step to that goal.