Originally Posted by deafskeptic
I agree with with the part about learning the native spoken language around you and I do think that cued speech is useful as an lipreading aid and as an aid for understanding phonics. Personally, I think it'd be more useful for postlingual deaf children though I do not know of any research pertaining to cued speech and postlingual deaf children. I also should point out most hearing don't know cued speech.
However, it's also not realistic for someone who has language delays to gain native fluency in spoken language, it is realistic for them to gain enough fluency to be understood by others. Many deaf don't like to write notes to the hearing as they know they don't write well. Nor is it realistic to expect all deaf to develop good speech. My ex bf is quite literate but he has no oral skills at all.
I also should point out we can't completely assimilated even if we don't know sign because it is harder for many of us to keep up with the hearing's constant chattering.
Let's not confuse one's native langauge with the langauge used by the majority. Just because spoken language is the langauge used by the majority population does not mean that it is any given individual's native language. Dominant and native are two very different concepts. It is through gaining fluency in one's native language (in the case of the deaf, ASL) that one is able to transfer that fluency to gaining profieciency in the dominant langauage...i.e. spoken English. I think you already have an understanding of this, deafskeptic, so I wasn't correcting you. Just elaborating for others.
And you are so right on the assimilation point. A deaf indiviual assimilated into hearing society through oral only is more evident as having a disability.