Originally Posted by Daredevel7
Wokamuka and Shel90 - Both of you are saying that deaf people who were mainstreamed have a lack of social skills, however both of you are saying that you've seen people in deaf programs who come from oral programs that fit this description. However, it seems to me that deaf children who were mainstreamed first then gone to a deaf school means that they were not happy or doing well with being mainstreamed indicating that they may not have had good communication skills with peers or teachers. What about those who are happy/doing well being mainstreamed? Still bad social skills?
That's the thing, really. I've met people who were, in the most off-putting way, happy-go-lucky members of mainstreaming. I face an observation that is based upon the majority versus a recception of, what would appear to be, a minority. Let me tell you . . . thsoe who appear happy-go-lucky are at greater risk for suicide, addiction, and a great deal of anger. Of course, it is, only, my own observation. I've had five, without a "membership" within the Deaf community, commit suicide. Maybe it's the company I keep . . . maybe it's reality.