Happy Holidays from all of us who are a part of Forever Friends. Holidays come so fast and then they are gone in a blink of an eye. We run around trying to get clothes/toys/food all prepared, celebrate and then it is over.
Take pause and remember the joy. 2012 was a crazy roller coaster ride for me personally. I had a lovely time being President of Communication Connections,Inc, a nonprofit I founded dedicated to families with hearing loss,focusing on early intervention. However, for a myriad of reasons, I had to close it. I could be super sad,but I chose to look at the positives. I connected with almost 1000 people via social media and learned an insurmountable amount of information about hearing loss. I believe I am a better teacher and family therapist because of these interactions.
This nonprofit led me to write Forever Friends. I have been overwhelmed by the incredible response. This was my story about a deaf dog adopted by a deaf boy. My small goal was to have my students read it and learn that whatever level hearing loss they have, they are special. I could not imagine that it would be well received across the country and world wide!I am writing a second journey, as there is so much more to tell about these Forever Friends.
My mom moved to town after being diagnosed with Alzheimers. That has been a huge change,but I am so blessed that she is closer to me and my family as she enters a very hard journey. I am choosing not to be mired in the anger and frustration. I am choosing to cherish the time we have together and make memories that I can hold onto.
How will you start 2013?I hope you choose a path of happiness and joy. I very much hope you will follow me on Twitter @2foreverfriends and "like" us at www.facebook.com/2foreverfriends. It is my hope to educate people about hearing loss,dogs, and be motivational,along with learning about hearing loss,dogs and be motivated. Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!
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.