Part of an e-mail I received this morning:
"You should be ashamed of yourself for not allowing your daughter to be who she is and for not allowing her to be part of the deaf community".
It's been a while since I have had any negative comments about our decision to give Jazzie a cochlear implant. I am not going to get into a long explanation as to why we did it. I think everyone that knows Jazzie understands why we did what we did and that she is a perfect example of how a deaf person can be part of the hearing world and function just fine in it. I stand behind our decision 110% and I am definitely not ashamed.
Another part of the e-mail: "I think it's sad you are denying your daughter the gift of her culture". I think it's sad there are still people who deny their children or themselves the gift of hearing... It's funny, because I used to get angry and offended by comments like this, but now I just feel sorry for people who don't understand or refuse to see how wonderful cochlear implants are.
The person that sent the e-mail referenced the following video. I have seen this before and I posted it here a while ago. I actually really like the video. I think it has a good message (even though it shows negativity towards cochlear implants). The message I get from the video is that deaf people can do anything hearing people can do. And now with cochlear implants they can hear as well.
This video is depicting members of the deaf community who are waiting on the world to change their idea of them and what they are able to accomplish. I am waiting on the (deaf) world to change their idea on cochlear implants and what they are able to accomplish...