Hi my name is Cathy and I want to talk to you about my experience as a Mother of a Deaf child. I have two daughters my oldest Wendi is hearing; my youngest daughter Ann was born deaf.
As a baby Ann's deafness wasn't apparent, I was a stay at home mom and raising my daughters was my priority and my biggest desire was to be a mom and a wife. So when I had these beautiful little girls I couldn't have been happier.
I had them very close together; a year apart. I noticed when Ann was one that she wasn't forming words and seemed not to be responding to me when I called her name. I questioned her doctor and was told since she was a younger child that she could get what she wanted by pointing and gesturing. At first I accepted this, but every time I took her in for her shots or checkups I kept asking why isn't she talking. I was told the same thing the Doctor would always say I see this all the time in the younger child.
I finally said no! I want her hearing tested this isn't right. I had to insist or nothing would have gotten done. We went to a children's hospital for a hearing test, she was two by then. Finally I was told that she was born deaf. From then on my life changed, I learned all I could concerning how to educate and help Ann with her communication.
We had a lady come to our home and begin working with Ann on her speech; I went to IUPUI and took sign language so that I could teach her and so that I could communicate with her.
I began using sign at home and taught it to Wendi as well; and her dad took sign class as well. There were many challenges such as education. During that time we only had one school in our local community, since I didn't like the area in which it was I sought out other alternatives.
I was lead to Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis. It was the 3rd largest and best school in the US. They taught total communication; the only thing was she had to stay during the week. This wasn't my ideal plan, but it was the best choice for her to receive the best education that she could.
She began at the age of 4, one of the most difficult things I ever had to do is to let my little girl live in a dorm at that age. The school was just to far away to drive daily and moving wasn't an option for us.
I never once questioned why had she been born this way for I had been given a special child to take care of, God knew that I would do my best and love her with all my heart. Her life has touched so many people. She was always and still is so determined and strong and has never let her deafness hold her back.
No it wasn't easy, but what a blessing seeing her blossom into a beautiful women and mother. She is an inspiration to everyone around her. We are very proud of Ann's accomplishments and so thankful God trusted me and her father to raise her and her sister.
Here is another amazing, striving & inspirational Deaf successor whom I met in Orlando at an deaf event in July 2013. Michael Hubbs, short track speed skater who is training for 2014 Winter Olympics, has not given up his hope to compete. He has proven that his disability has not stopped his dreams of becoming a professional speed skater. Look for him on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel that will be coming up soon where he will be demonstrating about speed skating! You may obtain more informations by following Michael Hubbs on Twitter!
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I am sure all of us would love to see a deaf competitor in the Olympics. Lets support and help make it happen!!! Make donations at:
My name is Chadwick Atkins and my stage name as a rapper is M.C. iLLest C My dream is to become a producer, rapper, composer, and promoter. I was born deaf and I am the 2nd generation of my Deaf family. I grew up in Colorado Springs, and then moved to Denver, Colorado on the 6th street. When I was 16, I got into trouble with the law and was sent to a group home then attended a few different schools. I attended for a short time at Jefferson Elementary School, then transferred to Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind and finally transferred to Mae Olson Education Center where I graduated with a 3.8 GPA.
Contact me: http://www.facebook.com/mcillestc
Booking Agent: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here I go, with yet another amazing experience!!! Couple of months ago on April 6th, I went to an Lake Windfall Red carpet event (http://read.ideafnews.com/2013/04/national-kick-off-red-carpet-lake-windfall-movie-premiere-at-clearwater-florida/) for my first time ever in my life! There are too many words to describe my unbelievable experiences but to list a few: it was incredible, awesome and amazing!!! I never thought I would be attending the such thing because it took me a lot of efforts to go to the event. You don't just get up and go to places without a thorough plan. I had to find a babysitter, shop for my new dress, maintain my vehicle, make hotel reservations with the event being 2 and half hours away from my dwelling and devoted so much of my time. It was worth my trip! It was priceless! I am looking forward to attending more red carpet events in the future! I'll start with my experiences. As I made my entrance at the door, there was a beautiful red carpet laying on the ground. It felt so good to step down with my beautiful lime green dress and as I stepped up on the stage, there was a paparazzi and crowd staring at me as I walk along. Then there was this lady on the microphone asking me questions as pictures were being taken and I was videotaped. Nervous, overwhelmed but excited at the same time! As I walk away, there's beautiful women in their dresses and handsome men dressed so sharp. I loved it already as I meet people and liked the attention. I have always been very outgoing and confident. I got to meet some old friends, all the actors and directors. I also made new friends and I was able to pass out my business cards for Deaf Insight. Www.deaf-insight.com ;) Deaf world is so small so I take every chances I get when I am in the deaf communities!
Secondly, as we all walked into the building, we were all entertained with refreshments and seated and watched the all new movie called Lake Windfall (Rustic Latern Films). I was extremely mind blown with the movie! I have not seen any movies that casted both hearing and draf actors that had such an amazing qualities and acting skills. I felt so absorbed into the movie and made me realize the survival in the real life that could happen to me. I could watch the movie for the million times. Its that good! You may check with the short clip at
http://m.imdb.com/title/tt2432258/! They will be distributing DVDs in the near future.
You may also watch the video from the red carpet event at http://vimeo.com/64009275
Hello, I was born Deaf in Los Angeles, CA. My biological mother contracted Rubella during her first trimester of pregnancy with me. When she gave me up for adoption, she had no idea what I would be like. I was adopted at two (2) months old. During my formulative years, I went through daily speech therapy where I learned to voice words and lip-read well while attending John Tracy Clinic. My parents were adamant that I was to learn to speak and lip-read. I was mainstreamed in school without an interpreter throughout my elementary, junior and high school. It was not easy but I became an expert in lip-reading during my young years!
I knew sign language growing up when I went to a special school for pre-school toddlers and other school age. When my parents found out I was learning sign language instead of speaking, they
took me out of the school and enrolled me into a hearing school. I was very upset at the time being taken out of my culture and language but had no control over their decision. In the years to come, I had neighbors who were Deaf living next door so I was able to maintain my signing skills until high school when I was rebelling! Who doesn’t rebel?? Once I graduated from high school, I went straight to the workforce working with variety of companies utilizing my skills. In 1987, I decided to follow my dreams and travel. I have traveled extensively around the world, while continuing to be an advocate for the Deaf. In 1997, I settled in Orlando, FL. I used to work for Walt Disney World where I was continually called upon to interpret for Deaf guests, employees and to enhance management seminars by teaching Deaf Culture.
In 2003, Deaf Talk, LLC opened its doors providing disability awareness workshops, sign language classes and mentoring. In 2008, I expanded the business by adding professional development as well as interpreting services offering top quality interpreting services to the Deaf. In 2008, I graduated from college all while working full time and working towards developing and growing a business.
In 2010, I left the Company to focus on another dream. I started focusing on Deaf Talk LLC Interpreting Services full time where I provide interpreting services, mentoring, sign language classes and provide resources to the Deaf and Hearing community.
Today, Deaf Talk, LLC is a minority/women owned business enterprise (M/WBE) certified by several organizations. I currently travel providing workshops educating Deaf and Hearing people about working with Interpreters and their rights while providing them with quality sign language interpreters.
I previously served as a Board of Directors for Florida Regional Interpreters for the Deaf (FRID) from 2009 – 2011 and Board of Director with NAWBO (National Association Women Business Owners).
To learn more about Deaf Talk, LLC, I encourage you to check out our interactive website at www.deaftalkllc.com or become a fan of our Facebook page to learn and be educated at www.facebook.com/deaftalk
Hello! I was born and raised in White Plains, NY a city approximately 30 minutes north of New York City. My mother contracted Rubella also known as German measles, when she was about 7 months pregnant with me. The doctor warned my parents that it was possible I would have multiple health problems, such as Down’s syndrome, deafness, blindness and even severe heart problems. The doctor suggested that my parents choose to terminate the pregnancy - to abort me. To my parents’ horror and outrage, they were very much against abortion because of their Catholic faith, they decided to switch doctors during my mother’s third trimester. My parents experienced unimaginable stress for the next few months awaiting my birth. As a parent myself, not the circumstances anyone wants to face during a pregnancy, not to mention your first child.
I was born at Phelps Memorial Hospital in North Tarrytown, NY at 4:19 pm on October 29, 1964. My parents were elated when they first saw me! According to my parents and the doctors, I was appeared to be a seemingly healthy and beautiful baby. For the next few months, they monitored me closely and claimed me as a perfect and normal baby.
During my toddler years, I was so incredibly alert and played like any other child. Until one day, my parents took me to a parade. A big fire truck was going by with its sirens blasting and all the other children except me were covering their ears because it was so loud. At that moment, my mom froze because I had always responded to play when someone was in front of me.
At this time, my parent's decided to take me to an audiologist where tests confirmed that I was indeed hearing impaired. My mother was devastated - so devastated that she didn’t want to hear herself. She used ear plugs to muffle sounds for a couple of days. My mom felt so guilty because she could hear and I couldn't.
After dealing with the facts, my mom decided she needed to adjust and provide me with whatever resources would benefit me. She jumped into action and called a placed called The John Tracy Clinic, which was based in California, and enrolled me in speech therapy course via telephone. It was extremely difficult for my parents to find resources, therapy, etc. that would be beneficial for me due to lack of technology back then. Only because of my mom's strong patience and determination, I can lip-read from all sorts of angles. For example, I can lip-read people from my side, which is an incredible talent that most deaf people cannot do. Still to this day, I am forever grateful for my parents’ strong will, love, and devotion not to give up on me.
In 1992, I moved to Florida from New York with my husband. We have been married for 26 years and we have been busy raising our 2 wonderful teenagers – a son named Shane, age 17, and a daughter Ashley who will turn 16 this July.
Currently, I am on the board with an amazing organization named Florida Hands & Voices (FLH&V) for almost 2 years. This organization gives us the opportunity to provide resources and support to parents with deaf/hard of hearing children. We have been working hard to raise awareness about this amazing organization. I am also an Interpreter Intern Coordinator for FLH&V. The board, and I are indebted to those who volunteer their time and efforts to interpret for the deaf, during our meetings. If you are interested in practicing your signing skills or are looking to earn credits for a program or college, please consider Florida Hands & Voices. I enjoy being a part of FLH&V because it gives me the chance to meet so many interesting and amazing people like doctors, audiologists, speech therapists, teachers, sign language interpreters, parents and especially deaf/ hard of hearing children. Last December, I had the privilege of meeting the Co-Founder of Hands & Voices based in Colorado named Janet Des Georges. She is also a part of the national and international staff at Hands & Voices serving as an Executive Director. I was in awe of her motivation and determination to make Hands and Voices a successful non- profit organization. For more information, I encourage you to check out our website at www.flhv.org and read all about FLH&V. Also be sure to check our calendar for our upcoming events such as Silent Saturdays, Signing Stories, and Family Meetings, etc. Hopefully, I will have the chance to meet you at one (or two) of our future events and you can share you story with me. I am excited to be a part of and see FLH&V continue to be an asset to all of our lives!
Barbara A. Keefe
Last month, I attended the keynote speech at UCF that presented Ryan Lane! I have met yet another amazing actor! Ryan Lane portrays "Travis" in "Switched At Birth" TV series on ABC Family channel. I have been watching the shows from the first episode! He spoke about how he got his first acting job. He was at his school when a director saw him and resembled him as Dummy Hoy, a deaf hero, William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy. (He was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for several teams from 1888 to 1902, most notably the Cincinnati Reds and two Washington franchises. He is noted for being the most accomplished deaf player in major league history, and is credited by some sources with causing the establishment of signals for safe and out calls. He held the major league record for games in center field (1726) from 1899 to 1920, set records for career putouts (3958) and total chances (4625) as an outfielder, and retired among the leaders in outfield games (2nd, 1795), assists (7th, 273) and double plays (3rd, 72). He was also an excellent baserunner, scoring over 100 runs nine times and often finishing among the top base stealers. He is one of only 29 players to have played in four different major leagues. His 1004 career walks put him second in major league history behind Billy Hamilton when he retired, and he also ended his career ranking eighth in career games (1796).)
The director of the Dummy Hoy movie thought that Ryan Lane looked like William aka Dummy Hoy. He asked if Ryan knew how to play baseball. Ryan Lane replied that he plays variety of sports! Bingo! He did not have any acting talent at the time. He worked hard at rehearsals and was assisted by other actors. He did a fantastic job with his acting in Dummy Hoy! He displayed his natural acting talents! He amazed me in so many ways when I met him. He was very humble yet sweet! I have not ever met any actors (Actors Guild) who had a charming personality like Ryan Lane does! I am looking forward to more of him in the films in the future! Ryan Lane finished his speech with a "I Love You" sign! We all smiled!:) Then we met up at a restaurant to cheer him on and got to know him more! It was an really interesting day with him!
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I have been star struck by two stars within 2 weeks! :) I will begin with writing about just one of them. (I will continue on the next blog entry) I attended an keynote speech event at UCF(University of Central Florida) located in Orlando Florida, Marlee Matlin! Marlee is an actress for 'Switched At Birth' as "Melody". (http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-births ) She is also known for her role in Children of a Lesser God. Her speech was the most inspiring and educational I have ever heard. Marlee Matlin put so much positive impacts on the deafness independence, living as an deaf individual herself and emphasizing that the deaf can do anything! That is extraordinarily true. Marlee Matlin has been my idol ever since I was at an young age and have learned so much from her that had helped me become who I am today. Not only her that Marlee Matlin is my idol but there are several people I admired as well that played huge part of my successes because I believed in myself. I am highly grateful that Marlee Matlin stepped in as an amazing role model to the deaf community. I do believe that from the time her movie 'Children Of Lesser God' was produced it has changed so many lives and turning around deaf's view on their life. We are getting so many more role models ever since and still coming around. World has became a better place along with technology and people attitudes toward deafness. It still has not completely met the satisfactory level at the deaf community's expectations . We are not done improving the world for peace and equality! Lets work together to make it happen! Lastly, Marlee made my night by complimenting on my Deaf Insight shirt I wore at her event! :)
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Here I come! I hope that you all have enjoyed my recent guest blogs. I am finally writing a personal blog. I have been insanely busy with school and daily life. I just graduated last week on March 5th. Hooray!!!! I am very proud of my new accomplishment. I am now a certified estechian! I'm moving to my next mission to accomplish on. I have just sent out my application to the board and awaiting my license. When I receive my license, I will be searching for a job. It's so exciting! I cannot wait to see what the future brings me. I know there will be challenges, however, I do have the confidence that I will succeed it through with my strong determination. I have no doubts! I will be doing a vlog when I get accepted for a job! It will be something new for me to do rather than writing blogs at each time. I'm looking forward to sharing my new experiences with you all.
Have a wonderful Spring Break!
My name is Cristine and I took a sign language class about 13 years ago with an interest in doing sign language with my son. I took the class before my son was born. This was before the baby sign language was popular. I took about two classes and loved it. Then ten years later a lady who was deaf moved in next to me. I was excited to try and use what sign language I remembered from class years ago. I was so nervous to try and communicate with her, because I did not remember very much. After a few visits with my new neighbor I was put at ease by her patience in helping me remember sign language. I am so excited every time I communicate with her. I am learning more and more and am having so much fun. She also takes me out with her other friends who are deaf and that is a lot of fun. They are also very patient and make sure they communicate slow enough for me to understand them. I would like to at some point take enough classes that some day I could be an interpreter, because I have had such a positive experience learning sign language from my neighbor friend.
Written by Cristine Peterson Brady
Life of a Deaf Socialite
Hi, My name is Ann Marie. I was born on May 3, 1975. I was raised in Indiana. I attended Indiana School For The Deaf from 1979 to 1989. I have grown