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By Leo Jacobs

Leo Jacobs has written a different and private account of what it truly is prefer to be deaf in a listening to international. He speaks out on such matters as mainstreaming and its impression on deaf childrens and the Deaf group, overall verbal exchange as opposed to oralism, employment possibilities for deaf adults, and public coverage towards deaf people.

This re-creation comprises an replace of providers via and for deaf humans, and an extended bankruptcy on laws and social matters that experience had an impression at the Deaf neighborhood within the final ten years.

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Such was his character even to the last day of his life in spite of the fact that he was virtually destitute. So proud and dignified was he that I never once saw him complain. Such was my childhood. During those days there was extreme polarity between the "oralists" and those who enjoyed manual communication. Therefore, my parents were particularly anxious that time should not be taken from my regular academic work for oral training. Like many healthy deaf youngsters I despised the hassles with the Page 4 speech therapist, and I was delighted to have my parents intercede in this.

This same shock is what the parents of a deaf child experience when they finally find out what is really wrong. This shock, together with the apparent normalcy of their child, creates a very strong desire on the part of the parents, sometimes approaching an unreasoning obsession, that their deaf child should also act normallythat is, behave like a hearing child. They frequently disregard the deepseated problems and needs of deafness in order to achieve a "pale imitation of a hearing person," at the cost of a happy and fulfilled deaf adult.

Another person of renown who was also a friend of my parents was Douglas Tilden, also a graduate of the Berkeley school who later gained fame as a sculptor whose works still grace prominent locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Donohue Mechanics Statue at Bush and Market Streets. The Berkeley campus of the University of California has Tilden's Football Player Statue, and the school for the deaf campus has a magnificent statue, named the Bear Hunt. I recall being fascinated by the old maestro's mannerisms in both actions and conversation.

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