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Exploring Disability: A Sociological Introduction.

For those who accept deafness as “part of a whole, complete self,” such an operation is not necessary. Many in the hearing community may regard accepting deafness, when it is not necessary to do so, is rather odd, even incomprehensible. However, as the acceptance of the autonomy of those with so-called disabilities is accepted, the acceptance of their right to choose their own identity may will grow as well. Perhaps, at some point the recommendation of the National Association of the Deaf, an advocacy group, that there be a ban on cochlear implants in children “so they could grow up and then decide to choose a deaf identity or a hearing one” (Shapiro 1993 [1981]: 224) will seem neither odd nor incomprehensible (see also: Hollins 2000)