Thursday, January 24, 2013

Growing Up Deaf - Update 6

Earlier in my Growing Up Deaf - Update 3 post, I talked about MSSD. I was out at MSSD all day during their academic bowl as I mentioned in the previous post, MSSD's Academic Bowl.

One of the first things I realized from back then while talking with a couple parents is that my signing skills weren't exactly that great. So if I had gone to MSSD:
- I'd be more oral than signing, but I'd still be learning sign.
- would I have fit in regardless of my signing ability?
- would I have a learning experience like I had with being mainstreamed?
- would I have had more of a social life than with the hearing school mainstreaming?
   (Growing Up Deaf - parts 18, 19, 20, 21 - Teasing and Mistreatment and serial label)
- would I have had better friends than with the hearing school mainstreaming?

Even after considering all this, what was the best thing for me to do? Probably mainstreaming was the better choice.

1 comment:

Kym Bozarth said...

I grew up HOH and became profound deaf later in life.
I wish I went to deaf school. I grew up oral and it is very hard now as adult to learn deaf way. But I am learning and that is the important thing.
I use sign language now all the time, but my asl will never be perfect, but I do my best.
I enjoy your blog!
Mine is: http://deafiesinthekitchen.blogspot.com/