Language Deprivation

A powerful piece via the Nyle DiMaraco Foundation.

The problem that remains is that nine out of ten deaf children are born to hearing families of whom a negligible proportion can already sign. Unless families embark on BSL training very quickly, the four-to-five year window for the child's language acquisition is already closed. There has to be broader teaching of BSL in primary schools, and geographically and financially accessible BSL courses available to families.

Jim Cromwell