95% of Deaf children are born to hearing parentsA child’s education begins at home. However, as 95% of Deaf children are born to hearing parents (who do not know Indian Sign Language (ISL)), there is little meaningful communication between Deaf children and their hearing parents without external involvement. For Deaf children, formal education cannot be delayed until kindergarten. If a Deaf child does not have the opportunity to develop language until they are school age, a crucial window of social, cognitive, and linguistic development will be lost.
This is why it is absolutely imperative that families with Deaf children be provided with Deaf mentors early on to teach both the Deaf child and the parents ISL. Deaf mentors may also serve as positive role models to Deaf children, the importance of which cannot be overstated.