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Mainstreamed In Residential Schools

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For a child to be deaf and put in a school that is primarily for the hearing is called mainstreaming. It's not possible for a deaf child to be fully immersed in Deaf culture if he or she is mainstreamed. Deaf students who are mainstreamed miss out on the feeling of belonging that individuals from the Deaf culture associate with their residential schools and their experience is very different from those who attend residential school. Mainstreamed students can often have feelings of being singled out. Although they have access to interpreters, notetakers and other special assistive devices, they still may feel left out, especially in a mainstream environment where there are few other students who are hard-of-hearing or deaf.
Currently, about 75% of Deaf and hard-of-hearing children are enrolled in mainstream schools. Obviously, when 75% of a population is in one place, there has to be some kind of benefits. Being at a mainstream school provides children with experience in the “hearing world”, a world that they will have to understand and communicate in eventually. This sets up the Deaf child for more success later in life. In addition, hearing students benefit by being exposed to Deaf children, helping break prejudices that they may have about the Deaf community. Lastly, mainstream schools are often
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This can cause students to be bullied by hearing children. Like we learned in the movie, Super Deafy, mainstreaming can be a huge struggle for a child who is deaf. In the movie, the young boy was shoved, laughed at, and teased just because he was different than the others. This can pose as a big problem when a deaf student is mainstreamed because they may not learn as well because of the social problems. Overall, both mainstreaming as well as specialized Deaf education have pros and cons but it is up to the child and family to decide what type of education would be
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