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Unformatted text preview: For many years, people believed that lip-reading and speaking were better than signing. A deaf person trying to learn how to speak is like an ASL student trying to learn sign language with broken fingers. It is possible but it is a lot easier for the hearing student to learn how to speak English. The English language is based on sounds and for a person to make the right sounds to pronounce words they must hear the sounds they are making. For a fully deaf person this is nearly impossible because they are not able to hear the noises they make. Whether they speak or sign, deaf people should be able to choose what’s best for them. Just because speaking is best for the hearing people in this country does not make it best for all the non-hearing people also. Edward Gallaudet believed that just like English is our natural language, sign language is the deaf person’s natural language and allows them to express themselves clearly and beautifully....
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- Fall '07
- natural language, deaf person