Pigs can fly


Recently, an article appeared in the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, entitled ‘Language Planning for the 21st Century: Revisiting Bilingual Language Policy for Deaf Children.’ (by Knoors and Marschark). Here is a response to that article, by Maartje de Meulder. Well worth a read.

Research on early language acquisition for deaf children (a no brainer)


This via medicalxpress.com: “Most agree that the earlier you expose a child to a language, the easier it is for that child to pick it up. The same rules apply for deaf children.”

Research by Kearsy Cormier, Adam Schembri, David Vinson and Eleni Orfanidou.

The conclusion–from the article which can be found here–states:

“The current study supports many others showing that early exposure to accessible language is much more likely to result in successful language acquisition than later exposure. The advantages of early sign language exposure remain clear even with rapid advances in hearing aids and cochlear implants (Mayer & Leigh, 2010). Bilingual education is the best way of ensuring that deaf children have early exposure to both a signed language and a spoken/written language, which will provide the deaf child with the best chance for successful language acquisition, in either or both languages (Grosjean, 2001).”

Article on cochlear implants and deaf children


This via the Deafhood group on Facebook: “Language acquisition for deaf children: Reducing the harms of zero tolerance to the use of alternative approaches” by Tom Humphries, Poorna Kushalnagar, Gaurav Mathur, Donna Jo Napoli, Carol Padden, Christian Rathmann and Scott R Smith. This article, in the Harm Reduction Journal 2012, 9:16 can be found in provisional format here.