A "Kobayashi Maru" moment.
Now, this "deafhood" thing is looking more like a "Kobayashi Maru" thing than not simply because of what one blogger said based on hope and expectation. The "The ASL-Cochlear Implant Community" blog described perfectly a "Kobayashi Maru" moment about "deafhood."
I just finished watching the welcome video for the Deafhood foundation. Before I started watching the video, I was wondering- would they mention cochlear implants? I was actually hoping that perhaps the message would be positive and inclusive. Wishful thinking.. Butch mentioned cochlear implants 33 seconds into the welcome message as an example of economic exploitation of deaf people. This did not make it into the English text version though.
The Deafhood foundation is run by well respected Deaf people in the Deaf community, and many Deaf people are impressed by the video and its powerful message. But all I see is a huge obstacle to the acceptance of all of these Deaf children with cochlear implants. Would this lead to increased intolerance for Deaf children who happen to have cochlear implants?