I wonder why there are so many languages, so many colors, so many different flowers, so many different animals and so many different musical notes if we are all supposed to be "the same." Why do people say, "He is so different," just because he has a hearing loss? Why do people say, "He is so different, " Just because his skin is a different color? Different than who? How do we know what is "normal" and what is "different"? Who made us judge and all knowing?
I find it sad that in the field of deaf education, there are groups and subgroups. Even within the "different" group of children with hearing loss, there are deaf children, Deaf children, signing children, speaking children, children who use hearing aids, children who use Cochlear Implants, children who sign and speak, children who don't use any amplification and some who do all of the above. Who decides what is right and what is "different?"
It seems to me that if we really all look at ourselves and the person sitting next to us on the bus, at the job, in our home, in our same room, we are different. There is no one perfectly the same-even twins have something different with each other.
Be proud of who you are and shine on! Just saying:)
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.