Yes, it would make things much cheaper and easier, more convenient and I believe the young would feel more understood. The elderly may have a more difficult time w/it because learning a new language late in life is tougher.
I've observed over the years the deaf community is fiercely protective of itself. I've been told by deaf persons that they are a unique group, one that doesn't let in outsiders. The understanding was they are not disintegrated from society at large. They said because of their condition they understand the world so very differently than the rest of us, they would not want to be integrated and lose what makes them special--their unique way of experiencing/processing the world.
I've lived with deaf individuals and taken ASL classes, I applaud the efforts but I know some deaf persons who might balk at them.
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