But Amy Cornwell, a professor at Indiana University's Department of Speech AndHearing Sciences says sign language should not be abandoned.
: You don't live with that implant on all the time. There is an implantbut then there's a device that goes on the outside that’s taken off. I mean, youtake a bath, it's not on. You go swimming, it's not on. You're involved in sports,it's not on. All that time, they then have nothing that they can hear, so why not dosomething visually that they can see?
Representative Noe says the process of creating the new center willbe a long one, but she's still confident it was the right decision.
I believe in our heart of hearts this is an opportunity to leave some bags atthe door and to come in and have that focus of how can we best serve the parentsof and the children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
: Stakeholders are meeting regularly to lay out the details of thetransition and will later select the people who will head the center.
We're joined in studio tonight by three guests. They are: Greg Katter, the father of two children who attend the Indiana SchoolFor the Deaf.Naomi Horton, the Executive Director of Hear Indiana, an organization thatadvocates helping deaf children learn to hear and speak.And State Senator Pete Miller, who formerly worked with the Indiana Office of Management and Budget, which was charged in part, with implementing the newlaw. Thanks to the three of you for being here.I want to start by going to a piece of sound we collected from your daughter,Margaret, about her feeling about deaf education.
I can't speak for everybody but most people don't care what kind of method you use to communicate. They just know they have a similar, notdisability, but situation as you. That they can connect with you easier and that's how the deaf culture is for me.I feel that somebody else understands how I live and how I can't hear sometimesother than if I just join the hearing culture, they talk about stuff and I don'tunderstand or I can't hear them. They understand but they can't connect with me the same way deaf culture can.
So we just heard her say that she feels there's a disconnectbetween the hearing culture and deaf culture.Greg, we'll start with you and go down the panel.I want to start with a general question which is, is this a problem which has to beovercome or is it more a situation that needs to be adapted to?
What my daughter was speaking that was that she is a split-placementchild, she spends part of her time in the public school and part of the time at theschool for the deaf and she was drawing her contrast between her experience at