Ask a deafie: Educational mainstreaming for the Deaf
A stand of the Deaf community on placing children in mainstream settings within education is mostly negative. Deaf students obviously have a set of very different needs than hearing counterparts. They need sign language, period. They often feel lost and left out in a big sea of hearing students. They often don’t feel proud to be “Deaf” because they are constantly being reminded that they are different than the rest of the students. For the sake of such students’ well-being, there has to be a balance between hearing and deaf educational settings.