The child was without aids and the writer and audiologist cried, "the child's life is in danger!"
A thief who thought the pretty pink things hanging on the child's ears were a music listening device grabbed the aids off the child. THAT was disgusting, especially to a child. BUT, that was not the burning point here. Let's focus on the attitude of Neo Maditla, the writer and the school's audiologist.
The Carel du Toit Centre (Tygerburg) in Parow, South Africa is where the child without pink hearing aids attends and the program trains deaf children to speak. Yes, you read it right. The program TRAINS deaf children to speak. They are NOT taught to think. Puppetering is so happening! Sign language is not allowed. *slap hands*
Here's an unrelated, but pertaining tidbits: The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Marlee Matlin, the enabler raised millions of dollars to donate hearing aids to little deaf South Africans, specifically third world parts of South Africa. Millions should generate toward building deaf schools. Those donated hearing aids will foot the grocery bills when the parents sell them to feed their children. Smart parents. I would, too, if I live in a third world country. And, who's going to pay for those batteries? DUH.
Back to the burning point.
Neo Maditla, a staff writer for Cape Argus whose face is such a welcoming spot for my face-slapping mood. She (it's only a wild guess that Neo is a female) wrote such an offensive and patronizing article. The child is being portrayed as helpless, dependent, incompetent and even worse, a basket case. It's my turn to portray Neo with adjectives. She's moronic, birdbrained, ignorant and shallow. For the audiologist, I'd make her eat ear wax!
Here are two examples that made my stomach doing somersaults (the blue parts are excerpted from the article and the italics are my responses):
1. She has now taken to isolating herself during class, and especially during informal play, because she cannot hear anything. Her personality has changed since the theft of her hearing aids,” said Coetzee Klingler. “Every day that she doesn’t hear, ensures that her speech and language delay increases – taking away her opportunity of mainstreaming at a later stage.” The child does not isolate herself. The school did. The school and parents made her feel that she's different than the others because she's missing her hearing aids. Oh my! *slaps forehead* That's the act of sheer ignorance. I am more pissed that the system makes the child FEELS incapable of being part of the community. Hearing aids do NOT define the person. It's merely a tool. Come on, people! What defines a person? LANGUAGE! The child's school focuses on speaking. Speaking is an ability, not a language. Anyway, it's said that the child's personality has changed. Of course! She's trumantized from the action of the thief. The article shifts the attention onto the child's loss of hearing aids, not the action of a thief. Shame on Neo!! She should seek for the community's help to find the thief for trumantizing the child by snatching the aids off the child! Only a person with half of a brain will write that. Without hearing aides, her speech and language delay increases. KISS MY WHITE ASS, if she signs she'd fare just fine!
2. School audiologist Surida Booysen said that without hearing aids, Inako could be in danger – she cannot hear a car coming or hooting or the phone ringing. Someone's response to this sums it all and here it is: "Ah oh... I am a dangerous person, putting my family in danger everyday, just cuz I don't wear hearing aids. Oh, I put people nearby me in danger all the time since I drive without my hearing aids. Boy, I am Deafly RADIOACTIVE." A very good sarcasm here. THAT's what I'm talking about.
The child loves pink. She dresses in pink clothes. She wears pink hearing aids. I'm sure she speaks a pink language, too.
Okay, enough with my sacrasm. Someone tweeted when I posted this blog entry and I had to come back and inserted this comment, "the thief would not be able to rob sign language from if it was given to her. Sad."
The link to the article is: http://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/thief-rips-little-girl-s-hearing-aid-from-her-ears-1.1127820