In ancient societies,

was their response to people with disabilities. In Greece and Rome, for example, infanticide was the widely accepted response to a child born with physical disabilities. Except for the >Ancient Egyptians,


“Man is clay and straw, the God is his builder,” Amenemope wrote in a book of moral teachings. “The Wise Man should respect people affected by reversal of fortune.”

Ancient Greeks were intolerant towards people with disabilities. The Greeks considered their language to be perfect and anyone who couldn’t speak it, including deaf and mute people, barbarians.
>Aristotle says “Those who are born deaf all become senseless and incapable of reason.”
>Socrates discusses innate intelligence, and claims that deaf people are incapable of language and ideas.
>Plato says that people with disabilities should not be among those slated to >live. 

>Alexander used his influence to implement the practice of oralism, thus restricting ASL (America Sign Language) for deaf people and >he
was concerned about intermarriage amongst the deaf which sparked debate to have prohibition of marriage for the deaf people.

>Jane Bassett Spilman’s comment “The deafare not yet ready to function in the hearing world<“


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12 thoughts on “In ancient societies,

  1. People who thinks deaf people can’t speak must be really blind and deaf and have no brain. On the other hand, to call such people blind and deaf would be insulting to blind and deaf people, if you know what I mean. I have never met a speechless deaf person 🙂

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