Children need relationships and friendships to develop social skills. These skills are necessary to develop social relations later on in life, Children with different degrees of peer acceptance, social competence, and friendship relations have been found to show differences in their behavioral development. Neglected children, who are neither liked nor disliked by their peers, have low social visibility. Therefore Children with more friends have fewer adjustment problems, have higher self-esteem, report less loneliness, enjoy wider peer acceptance, and display better school adjustment, positive attitudes toward school, and better achievement, Children who are rejected by their peers are at risk for school failure or drop out. The KSL club will help in intergrating the deaf children with their hearing counter parts. This will improve learning and also improve participation in the schools activities since now the deaf children feel acknowledged and accepted..
Kindness is the language that deaf people can hear. Are our programs deaf friendly? When you meet a deaf child/youth/adult what do you think of them? We "hearing" people can learn how to communicate with the deaf in Sign language. Something I came to realize is; Deafness is the only disability that can have it's role change as far as communication and deaf culture is concerned, when you are in a meeting and it's full of deaf people you are the only hearing person with no interpreter how would you feel? Imagine that little boy in a family where everyone uses speech and speech dominates in conversation, the child feels left out.. Let's be inclusive for the sake of that child and many others who can't even interact with their peera because of the stereotype and myths about deafness in the community.. #Inclusion #WeAreOne
It is a known fact that People respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I am obviously in the latter. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment. Today when I think about diversity, I actually think about the word 'inclusion. Having a deaf friendly society is possible. It can be done! Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and I am sure if we include them in our programs and make them accessible then the world will be a better place for us all.. Good initiative Nancy