My child is deaf or hard of hearing. What now?
The realisation for hearing parents that their child is deaf brings an emotional shock and tears and over time many questions.
Many questions are left unanswered because of ignorance and because there is no proper parental guidance from the deaf
people’s point of view, to assist hearing parents in raising a deaf or a hard of hearing child in South Africa. The first question
hearing parents usually ask, is: “How can we communicate with our deaf or hard of hearing child?”
Karina Jooste-Van Aarde was a Deaf staff member of the University of South Africa, who retired in December 2020 and is a member of the Deaf community in Pretoria. She studied
Linguistics for degree purposes at Unisa. She worked with the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages as a Deaf co-researcher and was a diplomatic mediator between the
lecturers, the Doctoral and MA students and the Deaf community.
213 mm x 137 mm