Definitely going too far.
Alissa, I saw your siggy! Congrats!
Makes you wonder what kind of adult was thinking this? Are they not using common sense at all?
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
This is nuts. It's his name. It's even registered with the sign language assoc. Smells of an equal rights case to me if they don't drop it fast...
My mother is an only hearing child of deaf parents and is a certified sign language interpreter in ASL (and she also is fluent in SEE and BSL) and she says that the deaf community really views SEE as a cop out by hearing parents who they view as not motivated enough to learn what will and should be the language spoken in their child's community. My mom sees it from time to time. She intervened for a deaf girl in a mainstreamed classroom who used SEE. She was terribly segregated from the deaf community, but my mother said she though the girl's parents wanted it that way - to keep her in a hearing world and minimize her 'deafness', so to speak.
Or are you just curious of my views on the language itself? I know a little ASL, and no SEE, and honestly will admit to being too ignorant of the whole argument to make a judgement. But I will be reading this with interest to see more about them
Clairesmommy, i forget your name, i'm sorry. It's very interesting to hear about it. What a sad story for that girl. Her social needs can't have been being met. It's great your mother was able to help.
I can't speak for ethanwinfield, but it's plausible that being such an enormous difference between SEE and ASL, that the school's view is that there wouldn't or shouldn't be such a strong emphasis in having a deaf 'name' or name symbol per se, and that he could've easily just finger spelled his name. Now, I absolutely do not agree with that (if that's what the school was thinking). I'm just playing devil's advocate a bit and trying to think of why the school thought it would just be so simple to say/sign his name in another way. Hearing people or people who've had no exposure to deaf culture sometimes have a hard time accepting deafness as a culture and not a disability. While I definitely see it as a culture, I do still believe deafness is a disability, in the strictess sense. A person is not able to hear - disabled. That's basically where it stops for me though. My grandfather was the smartest, wisest, most hilarious person I ever met. I'm sad I never got to have a real conversation with him.
So, when I sign the alphabet, I'm doing SEE, but if I sign "more" or "please" with my kids, its ASL?
I can certainly see where the debate between use of the two would come from. Interesting.