My child wears a hearing aid or a cochlear implant. Do we have to learn sign language?
Although in the past choosing the cochlear implant route implied that the family did not want to be part of the deaf community, this attitude is dissipating. An increasing amount of families choose cochlear implants for their children, and want to maintain sign language usage as well as participation in the deaf community.
A cochlear implant does not necessarily give access to a spoken language; it is important to insure the child has access to a language. Also, many recent studies indicate clearly that bilingualism (spoken and sign language) has clear advantages for the child.
For families that choose bilingualism for their deaf child (ASL-English or French-LSQ) :