Culture Note page 116- Residential Schools
For many years, state supported residential "schools for the deaf" have served as places where large numbers of Deaf children, including those from hearing families, become socialized into the cultural group. Many children learn ASL at school's such as these rather than at home. Until the 1960's, because of distance and cost, children often had to stay at the school's on weekends and visited their parents' homes only on holiday or during summers. Some children were reluctant to leave the school. When their families did not use sign language. the attraction of the school, with its large number of signers, was often stronger.