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Deaf Children

March 09, 1997

* Re "No Longer a Prisoner of Silence," March 3: Suzi is not alone. Unfortunately, too many hearing parents imprison their deaf children by not understanding that they have no language. They don't learn English, Spanish or any signed language--nada. Even if not as abusive as Suzi's parents, some mothers and fathers are guilty of a human rights violation by confusing speech with language. Language is a basic human right.

I hope all deaf people will be allowed to learn language. If they don't understand what ears and mouths are doing, let them use their eyes and hands!

SUSAN SCHALLER, President

NaDA (In the Name of Deaf

Adults), Forest Falls, Calif.

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