In that case, I don't think my parents fit the OP. They DID start ASL and prolly would have opted for Deaf program (there is a local one where I live) However, they were advised by dumbassed doctors that it would be better for me to be oral and mainstreamed.
I do remember an IEP meeting from when I was little where the IEP team claimed I wasn't really deaf.
I was a front row, FM device, speech therapy (no lanugage therapy beyond kindergarten) kid.
Things like read this just piss me off! These yahoo "so called experts" influence parents who don't know any different and just want the best for their child!
In my case my parents just decide that I'm a hearie and a hearie I will be. Too much work for them to do ASL and Deaf culture.:roll: