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Meme: reader participation time.
Respond to this entry with a comment, and....

1. I shall respond with something random I like about you.
2. I shall tell you what song, movie or book reminds me of you.
3. I shall name something we should do together.
4. I shall say something that only makes sense to you and me (or at least me).
5. I shall tell you my first or clearest memory of you.
6. I shall leave you a quote that is somehow appropriate to you.
7. I shall ask you something that I have always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you might in turn post this on your journal so you can do the same for others.


Jul. 25th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
I am responding.
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
1. You prove that through any hardship, a person can be strong, a good parent, find love, continually improve themselves and contribute to society.
2. Any song by Clay Aiken makes me think of you now.
3. Let our kids run mad, watch sci-fi shows and cook really bad-for-you sweets.
4. Double the kid does not mean double the trouble - it goes WAY beyond double :)
5. I remember meeting you as just another twin parent. As I found out more and more about you, I saw a strength in you that is so rare in life.
6. "Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world - making the most of one's best." - Harry Emerson Fosdick
7. Actually - two questions. You seem to get around so much - class, cooking, trips to the lake, etc. What type of equipment do you use to increase your mobility. Secondly, are you a speaking Deaf?
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
7. I have both a manual and a power chair. Depending on where I go I use either. I use the manual at college or when we go abroad and I have help, because it is easier to ship that.

Actually, I don't consider myself Deaf. I am deaf, as in disabled in hearing. My native language is English (even if I butcher it most of the times) and not ISL (Irish Sign Language). I lost my hearing as an adult, and I am not really a part of Deaf culture and i disagree with Deaf politics a lot of the time.
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Deaf politics can be explosive at times. I do understand the difference between Deaf and deaf, so that helps explain a lot to me. I just didn't know the level of the loss, and at what point it happened. It seems like it is easier for people who have lost hearing as a teen or adult to continue speaking, and even to use lip-reading to help accent their hearing, whereas someone who has been deaf since birth doesn't have the knowledge of how the sounds FEEL when you make them.

I probably told you this before - we had a girl stay with us for some time who was a student at Gauludet in DC. She was VERY MUCH the person who insisted that she was Deaf, refused to learn to speak and others must learn sign language because she refused to meet halfway. Scott and I did learn enough sign to get along with her, and supplemented with writing when we got to angry or passionate about something to come up with signs fast enough. :)

Bizarre thing was, a few years after she moved out, she called us (no TTY!) and was speaking. She had found God and put aside some of her more radical Deaf politics. Turned out she had a little hearing left, and had been made as a child to learn how to speak. She just rebelled against all of it. However, having her around at that point really gave us an insight into the splits in within the hearing-impaired community.
Jul. 25th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
You see, I am all for bilingualism for deaf/Deaf children. Or really, the Deaf should just decide if they really want to be a language minority, and if they do, then I don't want another penny going from tax money for SSI, tuition compensation, disability and so on, and they would receive the same services as any other language minority in any given country.

My son has been deaf since he was not yet 3. He has a CI, speaks English and Hungarian fluently and signs ASL and Hungarian sign both. He enjoys participating in the Deaf community, and I think the coolest thing ever was when a bunch of d/Deaf kids and adults showed up for his Christmas concert. :-D