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Differing Views: AG Bell v. the NAD

Which is better for deaf people, lip reading (i.e. oralism) or sign language? Here are two of the largest organizations in the Deaf community that offer two very different views, The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and The National Association of the Deaf.



Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)


National Association of the Deaf (the NAD)

Sees deafness as a disability Sees deafness as a linguistic minority community with its own culture
Believes the use of sign language "advertises" one's disability Sees sign language as "the natural language" of the Deaf
Encourages techniques such as oralism/speech reading in order for deaf people to live in a hearing world Has historically viewed oralism and cochlear implants with some contempt or as attempts to "fix" Deaf people
Has approximately 10,000 members in the United States, approximately 500 of who are deaf Has approximately 28,000 members in the United States, approximately 24,000 of who are deaf

 

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