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Sign Language Gloves

Below is a video about a new invention called sign language gloves. They are gloves that translate sign into English. I think that this a very great thing because it will make it so much easier for deaf people and hearing people to communicate because not all people know hot to sign. Also to me this is society’s way of trying to include deaf people and showing them that what they have to say does matter.

Deaf Camp

The Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is the only camp for  deaf and hard of hearing people in the world. It is located in Snowmass, CO and the camp is 17 acres. They service youth, adults and families. They also welcome hearing people. It is a place where deaf and hard of hearing people can come to have fun and feel apart of a community. Here they know and realize that they are not alone and that there are people all over just like them.

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My Thoughts on Cochlear Implanting a Child

I have had this conversation with my boyfriend and my mother so many times. The Topic of this conversation is if I had a deaf child would I chose to get the surgery to have my child implanted with the cochlear implant?

My answer is absolutely NOT! I am not solely against the implant but I do not think that that is a decision that I need to be making for my child. Personally I believe that God has made all of us a certain way for a reason. If he wanted you to be a hearing person then you would be. Also there are many things that could happen while getting the implant such as

  • Injury of the facial nerve
  • Meningitis
  • Infection
  • Numbness around the ear
  • Attacks of dizziness or vertigo

Doctors recommend that children get the implant as babies so that they can learn to speak around the same time that hearing children speak and honestly I would not want my small baby undergoing a complicated surgery like this.

My philosophy with getting the cochlear implant is to let the children decide when they are old enough to make the decision on their own. As a parent if my child was deaf I would learn how to sign and make sure I treated them the same way I would a hearing child.

Sign Language

Below is an episode of SNL. There are three interpreters signing the song Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa. I thought that this was an interesting video because it shows three women all signing the same song but they do it slightly different but a deaf person would be able to understand it no matter watch interpreter they were watching.