Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Question from G., Bangladesh

Is the national curriculum suitable for deaf children’s education?

Question from G., Bangladesh. Posted February 27, 2012.
Response from Marc Marschark - NTID

This question looks deceptively easy – but it is not. In principle, yes, satisfaction of the national curriculum should be the educational goal for all deaf children, regardless of what country they live in. However, this assumes that there are sufficient support services (early intervention, assistive listening devices, classroom support, etc.) so that deaf children are “ready” for school and are supported by individuals who understand the special educational needs of deaf children. In reality, many countries, as well as locales within countries, do not have such services. In the United States and elsewhere, many local education authorities do not understand or believe that special accommodations for deaf children are necessary. In that case, however, the goal still must be to support deaf children in achieving the milestones of the national curriculum. To expect any less denies them the opportunities for full education, future employment, and personal success.