Many feel that the Deaf child should be allowed to make his own decision about becoming Deaf or hearing once he is old enough to make that decision. The idea is that it is not fair to “force” him to become hearing. Many hearing people are surprised to find out that many Deaf people do not want to become hearing. Helen Keller said deafness is not a handicap, but a way of life. Feelings on this issue are strong on both sides.