Originally Posted by Cheri
Okayyy tell me one thing, how come oral, total communication and cued speech are still around as of today if those programs fails the vast majority of deaf individuals? You've heard stories by each deaf individuals their advantages and disadvantages in each program they were educated in, not all of them experienced the same results. Many do, many don't.
They are still around because there are still those parents who insist on attempting to provide for their deaf child in a manner that mimics a hearing child. They are also still around because there are those that refuse to see the empirical findings simply to promote their job security. Oral has only seen a resurgence since certain surgical procedures have been popularized by hearing parents, and used as a justification for not providing visual means of communication for their child. TC is on its way out, and has been for some time. It is rarely used as a methodology by those trained specifically in deaf ed. Cued speech died 40 years ago, and is only now seeing a resurgence in response, once again, to certain surgical procedures. A group of people saw a way to make money off a dead methodology.