Originally Posted by dotcomkari
I was mainstreamed all my life. I have mixed feelings on it. I wish I had learned sign language, and I was not raised oral. I do love my friends I made in a "regular " school.. and I love having equal chances as everyone else.. I was very invovled in drama club, in newspaper, in color guard.. on the swim team. And I was on the honor roll and such.
I was raised completly oral though.. and I struggled. .. it was not an easy journey at all.. and I hate my parents for that. I always had to sit in the front of the class.. struggle to keep up. Taking notes was a night mare. I always felt like I was falling behind. A lot of teachers did not understand.. nor took the time to understand.
My hearing loss went from ok to BAD in high school and it was a hard time for me.. and it seemed like no one around me understood.
My parents were not very understanding at all.. and well.. it was not a happy mix. I was very depressed to say the least.
if I could go back and do it over again..
I would choose.. both mainstream and deaf school mix.. so I could be part of both worlds? I love being oral, don't get me wrong. Most people don't even know I am DEAF, till I tell them, I speak quite good.. and I love that for work.. and for being out with my family. But I wish I could sign.. wish I had more deaf friends.. wish that I could have gotten more help in school and had poeple who understood my feelings and needs more.
That is what many of us believe in. Giving every deaf child exposure to BOTH.
ENOUGH with the oralism only philosophy! It needs to be banned. Seriously.