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Martin The Roman god Janus had two faces; he could look both backward and forward. His name is the root word for January, a connection with our impulse to look back on the past and forward to the future when the new year arrives. As we begin the 1990s, it is appropriate that we look back and forward in the same way. We need to see how our views of the deaf learner's cognitive achievement and potential have changed, not over just one year but throughout history, and we need to look at where the field of cognition and deafness may be headed.

The preferable future is, of course, less likely without specific planning, initiative, and support (both human and financial). However, the preferable future is one toward which we should all strive. The preferable future would include at least the following in regard to cognition and deafness: 1. Active support for all the elements that were mentioned above under the probable future. In particular, serious investigations into modes Page 7 of communication and cognition, neuro-anatomy and cognition, and assessment tools of a broader nature.

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