Locked Out of Language

The article I focused on for this post is from OZY, an online news resource. It focuses on the lack of teaching sign language to those who are deaf or hard at hearing throughout the world. The one main issue that the article focuses on is the reliance on technology versus the visual language of sign language. One significant quote from the article is, “Only 2 percent of deaf children receive their education in sign language, according tot he global partnership for education.” This quote is important because it is a learning barrier for this children. This could really affect their intelligence levels as they get older if they aren’t taught in a way that they understand. There are other important data and statistics that the article had listen. One other quote that is very important is, “On average, deaf children with cochlear implants demonstrated lower receptive and expressive vocabulary knowledge than children with full hearing, according to a 2016 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.” This is important because instead of relying on sign language these technological advances which still demonstrate lower knowledge for the children are being relied on. The article highlighted a huge percentage of Danish children to emphasis that instead of going the visual aid route they went the technology, easy, and not as effective route. “Ninety-eight percent of Danish children who are deaf receive cochlear implants (about 2 percent can’t receive them for medical reasons), and Denmark no longer offers sign language instruction to any children at all, Hauser says.” Overall the focus of this article is to highlight the importance of visual language over top of reliance of technology.

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