by Leela Miller
The deaf history of the world is very interesting on its own. I enjoyed reading about both French and American deaf history. I disagree strongly with oralism. It’s very rude for people to say that just because you can’t hear and can’t communicate using speech means you should be denied rights that are given to everyone else.
Also, Alexander Graham Bell is a complete and utter jerk!! Honestly, who would have the nerve to do that to people who are disabled? It’s disgraceful. I, myself, don’t know anyone personally who is deaf, nor am I deaf, but after reading this very informational article I feel very strongly toward learning more about this language.
Leela, I am so glad that you enjoyed my article. And I’m also glad that you were disturbed by the negative things that happened in deaf history. Calling Bell a “jerk” is an extremely honest portrayal of your feelings, and I think that’s great! I’m glad that this history, even though it can be negative, sparked an inspiration for you to learn more about sign language because deaf history isn’t anything without sign language. 🙂
I noticed that you referred to deaf people as “disabled.” I think it’s important for me to mention that many people with a hearing loss consider themselves to be disabled, but Deaf people who are a part of Deaf Culture do not. A saying that they use is “Deaf people can do everything hearing people can do except hear.” This is something that not many people know, so I’m glad you sparked that thought. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!