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ASL book report - Laura Dunn 10/26/06 ASL The book Inside...

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Laura Dunn 10/26/06 ASL The book Inside Deaf Culture by Carol Padden and Tom Humphries was, for me, an eye-opening book. There were many things included that caught my attention and were very interesting and informative. The confusion I had before about what exactly Deaf culture was has been better explained, and I understand Deaf history much more clearly. I honestly had no idea the extents to which Deaf culture and history reached, and the depth of their experiences over time. Throughout the long history of schools for the deaf, many changes have occurred. Early schools were called “institutions” or “asylums”, and regulated many aspects of the lives of students who went there. Children viewed the schools differently; some had bad experiences, while others considered themselves rescued by the school. They were also a place of discovery for children, where they could meet other deaf children and communicate with teachers and students alike. Some experienced homesickness, as would be expected from any child at such a young age, and disliked their time spent there because of the long periods of time that they were away from their families. Others loved the friendships formed at school and the students became their families, making lifelong memories. Everything from where students slept to their schedules throughout the day were controlled, and parents had to give schools full responsibility for children attending the school. Schools could also be a form of rescue for children born into poor and/or large families who didn’t have the resources to educate their children—programs were set up to include funding for families who couldn’t afford tuition. The first deaf schools were frequently founded by men who knew little or nothing about the condition. They had no experience with sign language and were often only
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interested in improving the cities; one way to do this was to get the blind and deaf children off the streets and educate them. At the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, students were taught in groups with one teacher at the head of the class. This required strict control of the students, which was the second goal—to encourage morals and better social behaviors in students. Unfortunately, because of the language barrier, misunderstandings erupted—for example, the molestation accusations against David Seixas a year after the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb opened. The investigation was greatly hindered because the only person who could interpret the
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ASL 101 taught by Professor Maria during the Spring '08 term at Union.

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