Saturday, March 22, 2008

ASL Culture versus Non-ASL deaf people

Politically, deaf ideologies differ depending who are talking to. This is a case called “Non-ASL versus ASL” Deaf communities. Both are divided. Many of non-ASL deaf people do not agree with AG Bell's ideologies (anti-AG Bell) while at the same time accept the Deaf culture's ASL (pro-ASL) . All deaf individuals are fighting and causing segregations which causes rejections of many non-ASL deaf individuals which are confusing to many parents of deaf children. In this world, we are clashing between realism and idealism.

Right now, the Deaf individuals are getting more divided over issues that are meaningless. Deaf people should be united in educating parents of deaf children who have the authority and freedom to choose their children’s communication at home and in school. All deaf individuals including hearing people are competing ideologies to win the support of parents of deaf children. With medical technologies including cochlear implants are currently available today. Even the hearing-aids have became more powerful and useful. We need to find common ground to educate parents everything that is available without excluding anything.

Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are united by common experience which is the struggle to communicate. As I said earlier in one of my blog posts that within the Deaf community, it is common knowledge that we all discriminate or stereotypes against each other (Deaf or hard of hearing). Various cultures will always be running against the prevailing movement of society with individualistic values. Idealism basically means holding on to a set of beliefs which are a rigid system of the way life is "supposed to be" or "should be". I also noticed that many idealists find it difficult to fully accept anyone the way they really are and chronically attempt to control them so that they can become the way they "should ideally be" which often leads to become fatalistic, hostile, pessimistic, and negativistic attitudes. Politically, to me idealism is freedom without people telling me what to do or how should I live my life. One of my favorite Presidents of all time was Abraham Lincoln, he had one idealism that lead to civil war. Do you remember what that was? I truly believe this kind of idealism is truth. He wanted to abolish slavery.

4 comments:

Deb Ann said...

Beautiful!

Karen Mayes said...

Yes, you are correct... Also, I noticed how both idealism and realism provoke both "reactive" and "proactive" responses, depending on the responser's background.

I enjoy your blog... Keep it up.

Abbie said...

This is right on the nose. Idealism is an explorable explanation why there is such calamity amongst the deaf, the impracticality of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are.

The ASL users that simply refuse to accept anything else but life with everyone communicating solely by ASL which is their idea of a perfect world when that is beyond impossible to achieve become infatiated the achieving that and become angry when something threatens that. The realism is that the world at large which encumbers many cultures (not just the deaf) prefers the oral communication method and that is the harsh reality.

Abbie said...

This is right on the nose. Idealism is an explorable explanation why there is such calamity amongst the deaf, the impracticality of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are.

The ASL users that simply refuse to accept anything else but life with everyone communicating solely by ASL which is their idea of a perfect world when that is beyond impossible to achieve become infatiated the achieving that and become angry when something threatens that. The realism is that the world at large which encumbers many cultures (not just the deaf) prefers the oral communication method and that is the harsh reality.