However, buried in the article is a quote from speech pathologist Sarah Wilson.
“Unfortunately, people who have hearing aides only, really can only get to a fourth grade reading level. [...] "You can't get very far in school with that reading level. Research has shown people with implants can go in regular classes, graduate from high school, go to college. So, the impact on education is humongous."And this quote makes me very sad.
I have worn hearing aids since I was four years old. I never took special courses and I was "mainstreamed" all throughout school. Not once, from any teacher, my parents or any school administrator, did anyone say I would only get to a fourth grade reading level. I never heard anyone say I would not do well in school, graduate high school, or go to college. I find it very sad and frustrating that a speech pathologist, someone who presumably has contact with children, might be saying things like this, to parents, teachers or children.
|School desks by DQmountaingirl on Flickr|
Deafness is absolutely no reason to stop anyone from graduating high school, attending college if they wish and landing a good job. Whether a deaf person signs, speaks, has a hearing aid or uses a cochlear implant (or any combination of those), there is no reason they should face a lack of education. Deafness does not correlate with mental difficulties and it doesn't stop anyone from learning, and a cochlear implant does not magically grant intelligence or an easy path to college.
Of course, needless to say, I wear hearing aids and have done everything Sarah Wilson says I can't. I read hundreds of books a year at well beyond a fourth-grade reading level. I graduated high school. I attend college and I have a fulltime job at a place where I'm expected to know things.
Thanks to everyone who made me able to fulfill my dreams by never breathing a word about ugly stereotypes and always supporting me.