Thursday, December 4, 2008

Keeping it Real

While waiting on line election day, I ended up meeting a very cool deaf family that lives literally 2 streets away from me. I saw them signing out of the corner of my eye, asked a neighbor to hold my place in the line, and ran over to them. Through my mediocre signing skills, we exchanged information. I learned they had a hearing daughter, but they were both deaf. They were cordial, sweet, and so happy to answer some quick questions. Since election day, we've been exchanging emails.

Today, I had the opportunity to visit with them, and it was AWESOME. While we have a great network of other hearing parents of deaf children, our interactions and contacts with other deaf adults is very limited. I was so thankful to be able to just ask questions. It's so important to me that Christian interacts with other deaf adults, and it's just so great that we have a family living here in our neighborhood.

3 comments:

Angela said...

Christian speech/vocabulary is amazing! My son is 10 months post activation and he is only saying 2 words. Can I ask how old Christian is now? What age was he when he received his cochlears?

DEB1972 said...

WOW. You are such an advocate for your son! :)

leahlefler said...

What a great resource to have in your neighborhood! A TOD from a neighboring school district created a Jr. Deaf Club in our area- there are only 4 kids in it (there aren't that many deaf/hoh kids in the area). I'm happy that Nolan gets to meet other kids that have gear on their ears and who speak, sign, and are otherwise totally amazing kids.