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There are 12 comments on Tory’s Story

  1. This story opens the idea that an area of achievement for talented young deaf students may be learning foreign languages via reading and writing.

    I found particularly stunning the quote by Tory’s Arabic teacher, which is: “Because we don’t have the listening part, she moves faster with reading and writing.” The Arabic teacher says that in reading and writing Arabic, Tory is ahead in the curriculum compared to the hearing students she teaches. Wow, this is what I have thought would happen but it was speculation only.

    I hope this will help deaf educators understand that for many profoundly deaf individuals when they first enter school and don’t know English, it can be most efficient to teach English as a second language via print. ASL should be the 1st language to aid with explicit instruction. The majority of deaf students are not exposed to ASL in the classroom and are taught English via lipreading and oralism, methods which have low success rates.

  2. How wonderful! I too was a deaf student at Boston University and did ballroom dancing as well. The Office of Disability services was exemplary and provided me with the best services one could have away from home.

  3. Tory, your story is awesome – even better is your genuine warm smile every time I see you. Thanks for that and finding your way to BU – so glad you’re here. John (aka – the old guy in the Dean’s office who knows just a little ASL. haha)

  4. What a remarkable young lady. Things have come a long way since the days when deaf and blind people were sent to institutions and condemned to a life of boredom and inactivity. I have no doubt that she’ll succeed in everything she tries.

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