Wow! This says it all!
Thank you Kristin Snoddon
I just returned from the World Federation of the Deaf Conference, which had a special focus on deaf education, and where I participated in a workshop preceding the conference. Specifically, the focus of the conference was about the meaning of inclusive education for deaf children. In the elite space that is a WFD gathering, where I rubbed shoulders with various deaf European Union and national parliamentarians, lawyers, and academics (both faculty and administrators), we confronted the dominant trends in deaf education today, where schools for the deaf are contracting and more and more deaf children lack any access to sign language in or out of school. After the brief 5 or 10 years when bilingual bicultural models of education were piloted at several schools for the deaf in the 1990s, today’s deaf elite seems to have largely accepted that cochlear implants are here to stay and many deaf schools…
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