Deaf : Deaf And Deaf Essay

1422 Words Dec 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Through Deaf Eyes was an extremely enlightening documentary about deaf life in America. The film begins with the question, what do you think it would be like being a deaf person? They explain that, whenever you ask a hearing person this question they respond with a lot of “can’ts”. I can’t, I can’t I can’t. Deaf people, however, do not think like that, they think of all the things they can do. They presented these statements: All deaf people use Sign Language; Sign Language is universal; Deaf people live in a silent world; having a deaf child is tragic; all deaf people would like to be cured. All these statements are false and the documentary clearly breaks this all down with the history of Deaf life in America.
It was once thought deafness was a “horrendous misfortune”. Deaf people were locked away from the world. They lived in rural areas, isolated with limited understanding of the things they could do. Very few people believed they could learn. It wasn’t until 1817 when Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet found his life’s purpose, which was to bring the gospel to people who could not hear. Gallaudet started the first school of the deaf in Hartford, CT with 7 students. The school was originally called, Connecticut Asylum (at Hartford) for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons. Now it is known as American School for the Deaf. He brought in a teacher from French who is now a legend in the deaf community known as “The Apostle of the Deaf in America", Laurent Clerc.…

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