Deaf Rights Awareness

By Shruti Asodaria and Kathryn Rudd

Modern Day Problems

  • The deaf bill of rights states that deaf people have the right to communicate freely with hearing people.

  • If the person can read lips or communicate and understand hearing people, they do not have to be required an interpreter.

  • All deaf students have the same rights as hearing students

The Bill of Rights for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing are rights given to deaf people around the world. Despite the fact that these laws are supposed to be followed, deaf people are still being discriminated against.

Argument Points

Main Points Why Deaf People Should be Treated Equally

  • The deaf students have a disability, but they still learn the same way we do as hearing people. Just because they can not hear, that doesn't mean they can’t learn and understand.

  • More and more these days, deaf people can learn how to speak, read lips, and communicate with hearing people without ASL.

  • From the Bill of Rights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, “No deaf or hard of hearing child shall be denied the opportunity for instruction in a particular...”

  • communication mode or language solely because of the child’s remaining hearing...”

  • There are many stories of adults and children around the world struggling with being deaf. Including Children of Silence, Ben’s Story, and Life and Deaf. All of these books explain their stories of learning how to communicate and get past deafness, and living a normal life. Although these kids made progress and learned how to speak, public schools wouldn’t let them enroll.

  • This also occurs with employment. A deaf person could be speaking in a job interview, but once the interviewer finds out they’re deaf, they won’t get the job.

These points are what we want to change. Just because they have a disability, they've learned ways to understand like we do.

Just because you have a disability, that doesn't mean it disables you from changing the world.

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