Laurent Clerc - Life as a Deaf Person Term Paper by Nicky

Laurent Clerc - Life as a Deaf Person
A description of life as a deaf person and the achievements of Laurent Clerc who lost his hearing as a young child.
# 146912 | 1,132 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 23, 2011 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper discusses the difficulties that people with handicaps can face integrating into society. It focuses on the life of Laurent Clerc who became deaf as a child and along with Thomas Hopkins Galleudet, founded the first school for deaf people in North America.

From the Paper:

''Our society is based on the ability to communicate and people that have problems hearing are usually willing to try everything in order to overcome their handicap. As technology evolved, numerous devices meant to assist deaf people have been invented. People generally prefer lip-reading to devices that amplify sounds. People that have difficulties hearing often refrain from using hearing devices because they consider that by doing so they would accept the fact that they are deaf. Old people also dislike having to use devices which improve hearing because they are not willing to accept that one of the effects that aging has is the loss in hearing.
''Laurent Clerc was born in France in a small village near Lyon in an upper class family. When he was an infant, he fell into a fire and suffered a severe hit which left him deaf and without the sense of smell. The event is controversial, as Clerc himself later claimed that it had not been certain if the handicaps had been provoked by the incident or if he had them since he was born. Laurent had a tough childhood as he tried to understand what made him different from normal people and why it had been so hard to perform simple actions such as talking or listening. Also, during his childhood, his family had had difficulties accepting that he had been deaf. It is normal during the first years in a person's life for people to refuse to accept the fact that a member of their family is handicapped.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cathryn Carroll, Harlan L. Lane, "Laurent Clerc: the story of his early years", Gallaudet University Press, 1991.
  • Goodstein, A. & Walworth, M. (1979). Interesting Deaf Americans. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University.
  • Harry G. Lang, "Silence of the Spheres: The Deaf Experience in the History of Science", Bergin & Garvey, 1994

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