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Sign Language Essay

  • Submitted by: ncytoluiz119
  • on November 23, 2009
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 2,278 words

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The deaf communities in the United States of America are viewed as outcasts in society because they cannot effectively communicate with people who do not know sign language.   This brings up many controversies between the past, and the present and what the future holds for deaf people around the world.   There are many legal battles in the deaf community today which bring up the topic of whether they should only learn sign language if they are content with not speaking.   The way the deaf community is portrayed in the media (movies) also plays a huge role how to raise a child if born deaf as well as the children who are born deaf in third-world countries where education (learning how to speak as a whole) is scarce. I believe deaf people should decided on their own whether they are content with just learning oralism, ASL (American Sign Language) or both.
In the early 1800’s, Reverend Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet met Alice Cogswell, a deaf girl in his neighborhood, and began trying to communicate with her.   Alice’s father (who was a very caring and generous person) arranged for Gallaudet to travel to England to learn Samuel Heinicke’s oral method, and to France to learn Charles De l’Eppe’s (considered the father of sign language and public education for the deaf) manual method.   He was to combine the best of each method and begin a school in America.
While in England, Gallaudet revealed his plan to blend the methods, the English educators were enraged and refused to permit Gallaudet to learn their methods.   After Gallaudet attended a lecture given by Sicard he abandoned the oral method.   In preparation for his return to America Gallaudet invited Laurent Clerc, a deaf teacher, who had studied at the school to accompany him.   Clerc accepted his offer and in Hartford, Connecticut on April 15th, 1817 they opened the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf (cannot hear) and Dumb (cannot speak and ignorant or incapable of learning) Persons.   The method...

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