self-advocacy

From Bystander to Believer: My journey as a Hearing Mother

From Bystander to Believer: My journey as a Hearing Mother

I am a hearing wife of a Deaf man and a hearing mother of 4 children, three of whom are Deaf. I was born in a hearing family with all hearing siblings. Although I learned a bit of sign language, and even performed a song in sign at my 8th grade graduation, I had never met a deaf person. When I was fourteen, my sister, who was just two years older then I, was losing her hearing. She saw an audiolog ...[Read More]

Butterflies and Deaf individuals… what do they have in common?

Butterflies and Deaf individuals… what do they have in common?

Did you know… Although scientists have found ears on some Butterfly species, most butterflies rely primarily on vision and smell to communicate? That’s right. I think that’s pretty cool! Here’s why! Butterfly Communication: Butterflies use their vision, the beautiful patterns on their wings and UV rays to send and receive messages. They have this cool deal worked out so that when they ...[Read More]

Lessons for Change From the Deaf President Now Protest

Lessons for Change From the Deaf President Now Protest

Have you ever wanted to make a change? Maybe you would like to improve your child’s school? Change something in the community or even the government? This month we remember one group who made a huge difference at Gallaudet. They also changed the Deaf community as a whole, forever. The Deaf President Now (DPN) protest was a huge success. It is taught in every beginning ASL course and any clas ...[Read More]

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

The DO and DO NOT of How to Get an Interpreter

Have you seen this face before? Maybe on your son? daughter? spouse? student? This is the look of someone who just doesn’t get what is going on. Without a qualified interpreter, this is what happens to deaf individuals.   After my last post, I realized I had shared an experience where I did NOT succeed in getting an interpreter. Getting an interpreter for a youth class or sports team is ...[Read More]

Interpreting Lesson for the Taekwondo Master

Interpreting Lesson for the Taekwondo Master

Tonight I walked out on a wonderful opportunity to have my deaf son involved in a top of the art Karate Program. The reason? I was not allowed to interpret during  instructions on how to live with a “black belt attitude.” I wasn’t even asking them to provide an interpreter. I was willing to do that, but no… Now, they were willing to compromise with me. The master said I could interpret ...[Read More]

My Deaf Boy is Just Like Your Hearing Boy

My Deaf Boy is Just Like Your Hearing Boy

My son loves sports, all of them. He dives into whatever sport is offered each season with a determination and talent that is noticed and praised. Following one of the games, I learned that my son’s coach and the basketball ref weren’t calling a ‘double dribble’ on my son during the game when they maybe should have. After explaining exactly what it was that he was doing, guiding the ball with a qu ...[Read More]

Do you REALLY believe your Deaf child/student can succeed?

Do you REALLY believe your Deaf child/student can succeed?

 Raising Deaf Children with Dreams, Success, and Confidence. It’s not easy. In fact, in our society today it can be downright difficult! However, the key, believe it or not, is YOUR belief in him. If you don’t believe your child can succeed, how can you instill that belief in him and help him actually do it? I was faced with this as a young parent. Although I knew that deaf people do s ...[Read More]