NOTE 1: Oralism means – oral / aural ONLY
NOTE 2: speaking and listening is fine – excluding ASL from a Deaf child’s education and family is not. billing listening and talking as the path to independence is not fine and saying it can only be achieved by an exclusionary means necessary is not right, just, good or true.
In reading a WIRED article about static from sliding down slides on playgrounds wiping out cochlear implant mapping programs, i learned that John Tracy Clinic had a Teacher Education program. In looking at that the John Tracy Clinic 2 year teacher education program http://www.jtc.org/professional-education/distance-learning-option i see a mention of:
Requires current employment as a teacher in an auditory-oral “Center of Excellence” as outlined in the Alexander Graham Bell Association’s “Components of a Quality Auditory-Oral Program”
so i google AG Bell Association Components of a Quality Auditory-Oral program and am a bit freaked out. I mean it is hard core and the fact that the John Tracy Clinic STILL requires that its applicants be involved with schools that adhere to this manifesto – well yikes!
This obsessive mandate that everyBODY must be committed to the auditory/oral philosophy – family and extended family, administrators, general education staff, board of education and the community – Wow! so much for respecting various languages and ways of communicating.
Oralism is King it seems.
Haven’t we done been there, done that before – AG Bell Assoc? Or didnt you get the Babbidge report or the COED report or the ICED 2010 New Era Agreement and Accord of the Future or the more recent reports that show that while cochlear implanting is on the raise – most Deaf kids make their way to sign language by adolescence.
Audism is King in this document also.
according to AG Bell Association Public School Caucus Components of a Quality Auditory-Oral program – (page 7) (bold added by me)
- the natural foundation for all learning,
- the best avenue for receiving and developing spoken language
- the best avenue for developing speech production,
- the most expedient avenue for receiving information, and
- the system that warns us of impending danger.
Lots of creepy stuff about Early Identification / Intervention and LRE in this document too.
AG Bell Association Position Paper on Cochlear Implants
http://agbell.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=541 (no idea why AG Bell Association’s server is down. Let’s not assume its to erase their paper trail re: offensive Pepsi letter, bylaws prohibiting propaganda and lobbying, this position paper, and much much more. lets just assume the best – that its simply a technical malfunction. technology does break sometimes – just check out all the CI recalls and all the ones that have stopped working that are still in folks’ heads) Now back to CI in children and AG Bell’s position statement –
1st line in this doc. is the forever tooted AG Bell mission of promoting the falsehood of independence comes from listening and talking and the 2nd sentence reads
“Cochlear implants for children with hearing loss, combined with appropriate habilitation, can provide a key to making that independence achievable.“
Ah hmmmmm well how come so many Deaf kids with CIs grow up later to use sign language? and what of the Deaf kids who do not have CI or habilitation – are they never going to achieve independence?
whoa – chill on the propaganda would ya AG BELL Assoc – geez ya keep violating ur own bylaws there ya know
the position paper mentions the “efficacy” (the things turn on and off) and not the “EFFECTIVENESS”
it also states:
“Auditory learning integrated with social, emotional and cognitive development is crucial to proficiency in the use of spoken language.“
Wow, how did Deaf folks ever learn to talk before there were cochlear implants? from this position paper, it looks like it would be impossible to do without all this stuff but we do know that many Deaf folks do speak and many of them have never had cochlear implants so…. hmmmm
“It is now appropriate for children to receive implants at a very young age. This trend has been reinforced by the accurate and early diagnosis of hearing loss.“
Is it appropriate for doctors to be performing bilateral implant surgery on 5 month old babies when the FDA recommends 12 mo old and up?
And again the push for early detection appears to be for the purpose of early implantation. hmmmm
“Current research further substantiates that children who receive implant(s) at an early age can demonstrate impressive growth in spoken language and literacy achievement comparable to the levels of their peers with typical hearing.“
Shouldn’t they be citing the source of this research? I hope they are not referring to that one single study in Australia with a small N that was funded by biased systems and COCHLEAR the co.
If cochlear implants and AVT/LSL are to be credited for independence and speech and literacy abilities then shall they also be faulted when a cochlear implant dies or has to be explanted or when speech and literacy skills are not up to par?
Odd that they don’t mention the language skills and literacy abilities of Deaf children who got a fully natural and accessible sign language at birth up or the study that shows ASL actually helps Deaf children’s speech or the study of how by elementary school Deaf kids shift from oral / aural only programs and into signing programs.
“Cochlear implant technology brings with it a responsibility to support this new access to sound. An appropriate educational intervention program optimizes the integration of auditory learning with spoken language and literacy skills.”
This is just a fancy way of saying oral / aural ONLY programs. They don’t say oral so much no more on their website cuz ya get some mighty dirty pictures when you key in the word “oral” for a google search
hmmm and I wonder what educational intervention program they have in mind?
perhaps the AG Bell academy AVT/LSL program that has not yielded consistent or reliable results or the much sought after independence as the recipients of cochlear implants and AVT and oral / aural only education often still prefer visual access to information ie captioning for TV, subtitles for films, text messaging, CART, etc (even Rush Limbaugh who was hearing his whole LONG life until very recently “depends” on captioning and one on one conversations without background noise.
– folks might also want to check out the House Ear Research Institute founded by the famous Dr. House – one of the earliest cochlear implant surgeons in the U.S. The House Ear Research Institute is the top banner on the AG Bell Association website – scroll down on the Pros and Cons of Effective Teaching page at the House Ear Research Institute and see how visual acuity is discouraged and oral / auditory is overly encouraged http://www.hei.org/care/education/evaluating-teachers.html
We also need to start questioning:
-teacher education programs that push the auditory / oral philosophy
– cochlear implant industry profits, recalls, fines, ethics, language deprivation, etc.
– early hearing detection and intervention (Universal Newborn Hearings Screening and EHDI) – tracking and resources
– the Center for Disease Control (genetics and tracking) and NIH – NDICD and NCHAM
– Food & Drug Administration and how its page on Cochlear Implant safety and recalls doesn’t list recent recalls
de ja vu? and whatcha gonna do?
ya gonna wave the 2nd wave in or ya gonna put up a hand and say Ya Basta?
Truth and love always win – think of it always said gandhi and….
STAND 4 PEACE ^ 4 v
NOTE: MLK Jr defined positive peace not as the absence of tension but rather the presence of justice
it is UNJUST to deny a Deaf child the right to a fully natural and accessible sign language as well as the language of the majority