Originally Posted by deafdyke
Grendel, in defense of jillo, I think maybe she may have had a tough therapy session with a public school kid or frustration over public school issues, and is taking it out on you. I know you don't and can't really understand since you've gotten great accomondations at Li Li's current placement. Actually wait..Retract that..I know you understand a bit, b/c of your husband being a teacher. But to actually experiance it.....let me just say that I have a feeling that a lot of the kids who are being mainstreamed orally will return to TLC or to a regional dhh program b/c of all the ****ing crap with hearing schools.
Personally, I would consider Li Li to be Deaf with aided hoh abilty. If a hoh kid can also be Deaf, then a deaf kid could also be hoh. Except in this case, she has no residual hearing when she doesn't have her device on. There are severe profound deaf kids with HAs who identify as hoh too.
It really is sematics.
And you know.....MAYBE just maybe some of the parents who chose oral first as an option, might be more open to having their kid learn ASL sooner, since they won't have to worry about taking a few years for their kid's spoken language to develop, like they did in the old days. Unfortunatly, we'll still prolly have a lot of parents who think "oh my kid only needs speech. ASL is just for kids who can't speak well (not taking into account that while oral abilty is awesome, most orally skilled kids are lost beyond one on one situtions.
If Deaf Schools could produce kids who are bilingal in speech and sign, a lot more parents would prolly opt for them!!!
Nope, not a tougher than usual session, nor am I taking anything out on her. She took exception to my use of the terms "functional" and "literal" levels and made it something personal when it was not even close to that. She simply has not had the experience with the school system yet that would allow her to understand the way those terms are applied and used to deny services. It is in her best interest, and her child's best interest, to be aware of these things, but she will learn it the hard way as long as she continues to discount and argue about everything I say just because it was me who said it. If that's the way she wants to go about it, fine with me. But I thought she was here looking for support. The best support a hearing parent can get is to be aware of the pitfalls ahead.