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"My hearing children are learning sign language and spoken language at the same time."
Julie Hochgesang (Gallaudet University): sign language as a first language
"The children don't care if you're hearing or deaf, it's about someone being able to sign."
"When you run into a deaf person you're kind of scared of showing off what you can do."
Children almost always wear their CI. What role is then left for sign language to fulfill?
"In a classroom like that, or in the hallway, they miss out on large chunks. That's very difficult."
"I think it's important for them to learn to be around hearing people as well."
"Sign language allows you to express yourself more freely."
"As a child I was already aware that everything was based on sight, and not sound."
"It's easy when your child is hearing, you can just call out to them."
"We used to take a quarter to the neighbor's house, to ask if they could make a phone call for us."
"We agreed to use NGT at the dinner table."
"I'm able to read lips a little bit, but not very well."
"What I really miss for Sofie now is contact with older deaf people. I organized something for that myself."
"I want to offer them both the deaf and the hearing world. So they can decide for themselves when they grow up."
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