Advantage And Disadvantage Of Manualism

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Register to read the introduction… Firstly, manualists lead their daily lives without much inconvenience. Teletypewriters enable deaf people talk to each other on phone. Light bulbs can function as an alarm clock. Doorbell flashers are as useful as any normal doorbell. Furthermore, deaf families can watch different TV programs at the same time and not distract each other at all. Secondly, since it’s easier for babies to control their hands than “the muscles of mouths”, the process of building vocabularies is even faster than hearing children when young. Most importantly, if the parents are both deaf, deaf children have much better communication with their parents through signing. Unlike those deaf children whose parents are hearing, manual children talk to their parents without language barriers. However, as oralists argue, manualism makes an “invisible handicap visible”; it takes away deaf people’s possibilities to fit into the mainstream society, [isolates] them from the hearing”. Therefore, manualism, like oralism, has both benefits and disadvantages for deaf people to …show more content…
I didn’t notice the difference between a deaf person, who “grows up in an oral environment, never having met or talked with Deaf people”, and a Deaf person, who are more familiar with sign language since he/she was born. To me, there used to be only deaf people, who are not hearing. I had never deeply pondered about the feelings of a person who lost his/her hearing ability after he/she already touched the beauty of sounds, of music. Also, I had never wanted to ask myself if I were deaf, I would prefer to born deaf or hearing, to learn speech or sign. These are still questions I’m not able to answer right now, but, at least, this article motivates me to learn more about the challenges deaf people face each day, the joy they gain while being able to communicate, and the unique background even between each deaf person. This article makes me more grateful of what I have as a hearing person and of the fact that I may be able to befriend with deaf people in the future because I am learning American Sign Language now. Most importantly, when I read this article, the united spirit within the deaf community greatly surprises me. I’m amazed to see that some deaf people not only form “deaf athletic teams” but also found “deaf social clubs, deaf churches, … [and] deaf senior citizens’ homes”, etc. Deaf people take care of each other in a way that some other minorities, such as blind people,

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