I am not necessarilly against CI, oral, Deafies or ASL but I am learning and yes, remain ignorant about some of the issues.
In my opinion, I am against putting CI in a young deaf child as I know a few who disgarded CIs when they got older. They are still deaf.
Having gone thru speech therapy and wearing phonic ears for years, I am pleased with the results for myself as they are worth it. I even learned sign language at a young age. My family are supportive.
Understand this, parents want the very best for their deaf children.
When the deaf or hoh children get older, they will make choices as individuals regarding their communication modes, hearing devices or their identities.
That can change over the years.
I was talking to a friend another day and he said that Gallaudet College is struggling to keep losing their federal funding by accpeing students with their reading and writing grade levels like for example, 5th grade, to keep the quota.
Oh goodness. I now wonder what will happen to Gallaudet if this trend continues. The reason why? More and more deaf and hoh are choosing to go to colleges near their home or other states.
We have to face the fact...the dynamics in deaf society are changing so we have to go with the flow. ASL will be still there but on a smaller scale. We don't know how fast that number will shrink. It is sad...but we can preserve ASL somehow.
There will be other choices for us as individuals-our right to communnicate in a way we want to, our right to pick our identity, and to decide what is right even if we think if it is not right.
Even I don't really go on well with oralists. I cannot lipread as I cannot see that well. I don't know if they want to use sign or write. Sigh...It is frustrating.
Change is alway part of our lives so we need to go with the flow.