Freedom to Communicate

By Hend Ibrahim I always assumed that deaf people communicated through sign language and thought it was a universal language. So, when my husband, Sanjar, and I first learned that our third child, Adam, had Usher Syndrome type 2C and was profoundly deaf in his left ear, I began to learn and use American Sign […]

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The Winding Path

By Kathy Loo Our family decided to adopt in 2012 and brought home our son, Asen, in 2014. To our knowledge he has had some degree of hearing loss since birth. By the time we had access to his file, there was no question that he was profoundly deaf. We genuinely didn’t know what to […]

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Tiffany Matthews

Tiffany was born deaf due to Waardenberg Syndrome and grew up using Total Communication with two bilateral cochlear implants. She learned cueing only 2 years ago and has been making strides using Cued Speech transliterators in class since then. Tiffany lives in Silver Spring MD, where she studies pediatric nursing at Montgomery College. Q: How […]

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Prachi’s Story

By Preeti Kochar The Diagnosis After many years of wanting a child we finally had a beautiful daughter, she was perfect and very alert. We named her Prachi (Sanskrit for the East). At two weeks old, my mother, who was visiting from South Africa, told me Prachi was a very bright child. My mother normally […]

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Cued Speech is My Family’s Vocation

By Suzy Brown Cued Speech is a vocation for me and my family. A vocation is a calling. It’s different from a job or career; it’s a part of who you are and permeates every aspect of your life. My daughter Felicity is profoundly deaf. Through some stroke of luck, I already knew some sign […]

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Kevin Rance

Kevin has been deaf since birth and grew up cueing. He does not use hearing aids or cochlear implants. He hails from Fayetteville, GA, and is currently a senior at the University of Georgia, studying mathematics. He aspires to working in deaf ministry and teaching mathematics.     Q. What’s your name and age?Kevin Rance, 21 […]

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David Peter

David was born deaf in Jerusalem, Israel and grew up cueing in Bethesda, MD. He currently uses a cochlear implant. At the moment, David lives in San Francisco, CA where he currently works with a web company called 1000memories. He plans to finish his degree in Computer Science at RIT this fall. Q. What’s your […]

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Rachel McAnallen

I was born a healthy 9 pounds via Caesarean section in Hinsdale, Illinois in 1990. My parents were sent home with a daughter they had named Rachel and were somewhat mystified by my preternaturally loud shrieks, which signaled basic infant care needs. Universal newborn hearing screening was a thing of the future. My father would […]

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