Teresa Blankmeyer Burke • Parent Choices, Language Choice, and Deaf Flourishing
Wolf Humanities Center’s 2020-21 Forum on Choice
October 21, 2020
Teresa Blankmeyer Burke
Professor of Philosophy, Gallaudet University
Presented by the Wolf Humanities Center and the ASL Program in the Department of Linguistics
One of the oldest debates in deaf education revolves around the question of whether a deaf child should learn a signed language or not. Another is about nonsigning/hearing parents’ role in this decision. Teresa Blankmeyer Burke proposes that all deaf and hard of hearing people ought to be given the opportunity to learn a signed language. She argues that this experience is a necessary component of deaf flourishing, and, as such, parents have a moral obligation to provide this to their deaf children.
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