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.
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