A Taiwanese teacher forced a deaf elementary student to remove his hearing aid in class
By: Judy Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—The family of a hearing-impaired child exposed a 52-year-
old female Taiwanese teacher surnamed Hsieh for discriminating against their hearing-impaired child in class and forcing him to remove his hearing aids, reported the local Chinese-language media Apple Daily.
The 8-year-old school boy surnamed Huang was diagnosed at a very young age as being unable to hear sounds in a certain frequency range, and has been wearing hearing aids since his last year at kindergarten, said his father.
Preschools and kindergartens are on a three year basis in Taiwan, starting at the age of four where children typically graduate by the age of six.
Even with the help of the hearing aids that cost the boy’s family NT$90,000 (US$ 2,985) to purchase, the boy can only hear sounds within a range of three to five meters, said the senior Huang. [FULL STORY]