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  •  Those who are born deaf (1+ / 0-)
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    are cut off from mainstream society more so than those with disabilities. I understand their need to form a separate but equal culture for themselves, but for a small child who can still develop the brain circuitry to process speech and sounds, refusing treatment is like refusing treatment that would allow a child to walk, or cleft palate surgery to allow a child to eat normally and not be stared at. Sometimes people get carried away by the notion of equality to the point that everything is just an alternate lifestyle and being overly nonjudgmental.

    I think Texas Blue Dot is right about the diarist's intention being about "otherness" and I'm sorry if I went overboard being critical of him/her. It's hard to come up with an apt analogy for being gay...it's somewhere between liking anchovy pizza and being born with blue hair (a kind of congenital "preference") that means being different in a significant way yet without deficits of any kind.

    Though it's not "politically correct" to say so, most people with real disabilities would prefer not to have them...speaking from experience (though mine doesn't show). The only thing that makes gay people want to be not gay is unremitting, cruel prejudice, not the "condition" itself.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 11:49:39 AM PDT

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    •  I would not change any of my disabilities (6+ / 0-)

      so speak for yourself, thanks.

      There is an art to teaching that is independent of the subject matter. - daveinojai

      by Killer of Sacred Cows on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 12:17:26 PM PDT

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    •  Alice, I long shared your attitude... (7+ / 0-)

      in fact, continued to hold it even after being confronted with a huge body of research which disproved its basic premises, and close contact with individuals who were clearly struggling against the bit it imposed.

      I don't discount for a moment your own experience, but am uncomfortable, to say the least, with your dismissing those of us who have come ot different conclusions as merely conforming to some standard of "political correctness," and your projection of your own attitude toward your disability onto those whose situations may or may not be at all similar.

      "Deaf and dumb."
      "Communication Impairment."
      "Clinically deaf."

      These terms are reflections of ignorance and bias as surely as "sexual perversion," "deviance," or "disorder" being applied to members of the LGBT community.

      It is not politics which motivates me when I say that I would no more seek a surgical solution for deafness than I would seek one for being a native Spanish speaker in America.

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