education, mental health, children
Most deaf children in the United States are born to hearing parents who are not familiar with Deaf culture or American Sign Language (ASL). As a result. deaf children are in danger of experiencing linguistic neglect. meaning they do not receive sufficient language input. This linguistic neglect is typically unintentional and can be a result of deaf history, institutionalized oppression, current stigmas, and educational inequality. Linguistic neglect can result in deaf children experiencing decreased mental health, stunted cognitive development. poor academic performance. and employment difficulties. Several organizations are currently working to address and prevent linguistic neglect by spreading deaf awareness, educating professionals on linguistic neglect. and increasing the prevalence of deaf advocacy groups and support organizations.
"Linguistic Neglect of Deaf Children in the United States,"
Ballard Brief: Vol. 2020:
2, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ballardbrief/vol2020/iss2/9