Originally Posted by faire_jour
No, there are doors that a CI opens that ASL never can. A CI gives a child the opportunity to learn to LISTEN and speak. To learn spoken language, the language of the vast majority, without lireading and oftne in a much shorter amount of time, with less work.
Why wouldn't you want to give that to your child?
I would want to give my child a choice.
If my child is Deaf and feels natural being Deaf, why should I force him to be hearing? Why should I force her to conform to the mainstream? I can give my child both the ability to hear better and the ability to choose his identity by giving him powerful hearing aids. And since so many people think CI users don't need sign language, I would be closing more doors on her than I would be opening for her. Most people treat CI users like they are perfectly hearing, but the fact of the matter is that the CI doesn't completely match the hearing that occurs naturally in humans. So would I really be only opening doors?