Someone asked me in the comment section of a previous post if, when we take Miss Kat to a Deaf event, we took her implants off.
Answer- No, we never do. Why would we?
That seems like a very odd question to me. Why would she need to have her implants off to communicate in ASL? She is deaf with the implants off AND with them on. What benefit would there be to taking the processors off?
Is there something I am missing?
**Edited to add: When we are at a Deaf community event, I do like her to wear her CIs, not just for the linguistic and sound awareness opportunities (which is a major reason, no doubt) but also because I see it as a chance to be an ambassadors for hearing parents who choose implants for their children. I can show them that we parents are responsible, loving people who choose implants not because we hate deafness or don't accept our children, but that we want to provide additional opportunities and avenues of learning. Plus, they can also see that kids with CIs can listen and speak AND use ASL.
So, again, I see no reason at all NOT to wear the processors. (It's not like if she doesn't wear them it somehow erases the fact that she has the internals in her and that she prefers to listen and speak.)