The significant advances in technology and educational options for children who are deaf present a parent with opportunities to make choices on behalf of their child. The variability in overall results for all available options and the long-term implications of decisions made early in a child's life make it necessary for parents to utilize an objective process. A framework for ensuring the parent's right to make decisions on behalf of their child will be discussed using five principles of bioethics. Points of controversy regarding the use of cochlear implants as well as the use of American Sign Language (ASL) will be explored. The issue of informed choice is examined and analyzed.
Mascia, K., & Mascia, J. (2019). The Bioethics of Providing Cochlear Implants to Children: Informed Choices and Autonomous Decision-Making. JADARA, 45(2). Retrieved from https://repository.wcsu.edu/jadara/vol45/iss2/5