On to services for the deaf and hard

On Thursday we talked about
different acronyms relating to services for the deaf and hard of hearing.  We had many questions about what each one
actually stood for. Since then, I have looked them up and determined what each
one means. First, AAD stands for American Annals of the Deaf. This is a profession
journal written in English, that talks about education and other services for
those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Next is the ADA or Americans with
Disabilities Act. This protects all people with disabilities from being treated
unfairly by employers. AGB stands for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for
the Deaf. This website gives parents information about hearing loss, and
presents parents with some of the options available for their child. CAID, or
Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf, is a website created to help
support teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. CED stands for Council
on Education of the Deaf. This council exist to help ensure all deaf and hard
of hearing students are receiving a quality education. Nest is CEC which stands
for Council for Exceptional Children. Their mission is to help exceptional
children succeed. A CODA is a Child of a Deaf Adult. This is when a child has
at least one deaf parent. DPN or Deaf President Now was a protest where the
students of Gallaudet University refused to accept any president for their
school whom was not Deaf. ENCSD is the Eastern NC School for the Deaf. It is
one of two schools for the Deaf in North Carolina and is located in Wilson. NAD
stands for National Association of the Deaf. This is an organization for Deaf
people led by Deaf people. They accept American Sign Language as their
language. NTID, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is a technical
college for students how are hard of hearing or deaf. RID or Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf is an organization that helps interpret between
people who use spoken language and people who use signed language. Lastly, WFD
stands for World Federation of the Deaf. This is an organization that helps to
support and advocate for deaf individuals. 
Looking at these acronyms, I’m honestly not sure why some use “of” and
some use “for”. I think that an organization might use “for” if it provides
some form of service for the deaf person, especially if the service is provided
by a hearing person. Such as ENCSD provides education for deaf students,
however, these students might have a hearing teacher. I think an organization
might use the word “of” if the organization itself is made up of Deaf people.
An example would be NAD. It is an organization for Deaf people, and it is led
by Deaf people. The word “of” as “being a part of something”. So, Deaf people
are involved in and are a part of NAD.

One website I found to be
interesting was Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. This website is
geared toward parents who have a child with hearing loss. This website makes it
clear that children with hearing loss can eventually learn to hear and speak.
It goes on to explain that there are four primary ways that a child who is deaf
or hard of hearing can communicate. These include listening and spoken
language, cued speech, American Sign Language, and total communication systems.
This website also supports hearing devices that amplify a child’s hearing. Something
this website explains is that there is no “right” way to raise a child with
hearing loss. Personally, I would advocate for these children to use ASL, while
this website promotes cochlear implants and hearing aids. I also appreciated
that ASL was listed as one of the primary forms of communication. The mission
of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf is to help deaf and hard
of hearing students can talk and hear. 

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