«...but for us, finding out that my daughter was deaf just the day after her birth was absolutely delightful because it meant I could start speaking sign language to her from the start.
The reason I was so pleased to have a deaf child was because it was - and remains - wonderful to know that there will never be a communication problem in our family. We will always understand each other in exactly the same way that a hearing family who use speech are able to understand each other. When you share the same language there is so much less stress in the home, because there is so much less potential for misunderstanding one another.»
-- "I'm happy my child is deaf", an article by a deaf mother.
I hear a lot of stuff like this from deaf people I know, and I don't get it; if you're deaf and you have a hearing kid, who says it won't learn ASL (or BSL, etc.) from you just fine? How does your kid speaking extra languages (i.e., whatever vocal languages he or she picks up) create a "communication problem"?
This all seems based on a pervasive and baseless idea that you can't learn a sign language properly unless you're stone deaf from birth.