This video was created for the "hearing" people in a deaf child's life, the parents, family, friends, coaches, and educators.
I would love it if someone could put captions or a transcript to this for us so we could all have access to the language, the ASL and the audio.
Though I didn't have Sign Language or any other help in classes at school when I was mainstreamed, I understand much of what this boy experienced, though not quite the degree because I was hearing impaired, not deaf.
When I was in 7th grade, I took French classes. Though I struggled with the speaking and hearing portions, I did very well with the writing and reading. When I got to high school and continued on with French, the teacher hooked us up with microphones and headsets to learn the language strictly through audio recordings. I failed miserably. There were no lips to read, no visual cues. I explained I simply couldn't hear, and she told me I needed to find another class. I was disheartened. All I needed was someone to spare me a few minutes and go through the vocabulary a few times with me each week. The solution was simple to me. It didn't sit well with the teacher and I took up a different class.
Guess where I ended up living as an adult? In Europe, in a French speaking community in a village outside of Nurnberg in the Bavaria region of Germany. Though I had forgotten most of what I learned of the French language by then, it didn't matter. Most of the neighbors spoke English and were very accommodating when they saw me putting effort into trying to speak their language, whether it was German, French or Spanish. I simply told them "I don't have an 'ear' for language", pun intended, of course.
The startling points of this video are the statistics captioned at the end of this story:
* One out of seven deaf and hard of hearing will become addicted to drugs and alcohol
* That's 30% higher than individuals who can hear
isolation, depression, lack of communication are all contributing factors