Images of Self and Others: Stories From the Children
Martha A. Sheridan Gallaudet University
Seven-year-old "Alex" is profoundly deaf and attends a residential school for the deaf. His parents are both hearing, and he has one hard of hearing and one hearing sibling. Alex draws a picture of his family for me. After showing me where he is in the picture, I am curious about the rest of his drawing.
I: Great. Okay. And this is the deaf boy. Who's this? A: His sister. I : Who's this? A: His mom and dad. I: OK. Are they deaf or hearing? A: Ummmm, she signs and talks both. She can sign, and she can speak ... the sister. And the mom can sign and speak both, and the dad can sign and speak. All of ... I: So are they hearing? A: Well, hearing and deaf both, because they, they sign and speak. Both. ( Sheridan, 1996, pp. 65-66)