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From:  Robin Homesley
Date:  Thu Nov 2, 2000  9:55 pm
Subject:  Re: research about Deaf needing contact with Deaf

I will respond to this as a hard of hearing person that grew up as " the
only hard of hearing person " in my school system. I know now that there
were probably many others like me thinking the same way too ("I'm the only
one...). Yes, there is a need that needs to be filled by having "friends"
that are like you. I did not realize how "normal ( I know this is still
questionable in my case.)" I was until I was in my twenties. It was then
that I met other deaf and hard of hearing people. I have gone through a lot
of challenges (and I still am) in "finding" myself. I have many
stories/experiences that supports the issue of being with other deaf/HoH
people in order to be a whole person.
Sorry this is so long, but I have lots of emotions tied up in this
personally and with/for my students going through the same thing.
Any questions or comments from/for me are welcomed.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Valerie Sutton"
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2000 8:54 AM
Subject: research about Deaf needing contact with Deaf

> On 11/1/00, Ingvild Roald wrote:
> >The Norwegian policy of giving the deaf children a right to a sign
> >education, is interpreted by the beuraucrats to mean that an interpeter
> >class and sign language instruction for the parent will fullfill the
> >need for a signing environment, and fill the social and emotinal needs.We
> >the 'know' desperately need reseach or authoritaive statements to support
> >our claim that Deaf children need to meet with other DEaf children and
> >adults in order to develop to their full potential. Can any of you give
> >any leads? Ingvild <
> SignWriting List
> November 2, 2000
> Dear SW List, and Ingvild!
> Thanks for this message...I am concerned that we have become so
> focused on learning how to use the SW Fingerspelling Fonts, that we
> will forget your special request...
> Is there anyone on the List who can help Ingvild?
> Do you know of any research that shows that Deaf children need
> contact with other Deaf children to be happy?
> --
> Val ;-)
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Valerie Sutton
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4109 Re: research about Deaf needing contact with Deaf Valerie Sutton Fri  11/3/2000

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