Originally Posted by jillio
I have never stated that deaf children should not be implanted at all. I have stated that it was my decision not to implant my son, as I personally believe that he is the one that must live as a deaf individual, and therefore, it is his basic human right to decide how he chooses to do that. Should I have another deaf child, or a deaf grandchild, my decision would be the same.
I have, however stated, that my opposition to implantation in children is not the devise per say, but the attitude that once a child is implanted, they are no longer deaf, and as a consequence their need to be exposed to visual language and the community of others like them is ignored. That does tremendous harm to the development--both educational and emotional--of deaf children. I have personally witnessed the result of it on a daily bais for the past 20 years, and continue to do so. My opposition is to the oralist philosophy, both on moral and scientific grounds.
Yes, I do have moral objections to implantation of children, and I have what I believe are extremely valid reasons for those objections. However, just as I object to the hearing community attempting to force their views and their way of life on the deaf community, I do not attempt to tell other parents that they have no right to make the decisions they do for their children. I simply try to communicate the fact that, when they do implant, please keep in mind that their children are still deaf, and they still have specific needs related to deafness that must be addressed. My moral objections simply mean that I would not choose to implant a child of my own. I object, however, to ethnocentricism in any form.
When I advocate for the educational needs for deaf children, and for that which is necessary for their emotional and social development, it is not a CI issue. It is out of concern for the difficulties that I have witnessed in these children, and the problems associated with addressing them from a remedial standpoint. It is not an attempt to dictate parenting practices, it is an attempt to prevent the unneccessary suffering of another deaf child simply because a parent has not been informed of ALL the issues.
And I agree--Cole'smom is doing a wonderful job in fact finding prior to making her decisions. However, the very fact that she has admitted to being pushed in the direction of the oralists camp confirms my claims that the hearing community is still very much grounded in the oralist's camp, and hearing parents of deaf children are not being provided with all of the information they need to make informed and reasonable decisions. Furthermore, the fact that she has come to this board insearch of information tells me that the information she knows is necessary is not readily available. I commend her for her diligence.
Once again, it would appear that I have been judged far too quickly and on surface issues.