(New York, USA)
I am the hearing Mother of a Deaf daughter. She was born Deaf because of Usher Syndrome. I thought it would be hard to raise and teach a Deaf child, but she has taught me so much about a culture I thought was sad and bleak. WOW was I wrong!
The Do Not’s my Daughter has taught me through the years are DO NOT grab hold of a Deaf person’s hands while they are signing. It is the same disrespect as covering a speaking person’s mouth.
DO NOT underestimate the Deaf and don’t assume All Deaf people want the cochlear implant. But most of all…DO NOT give up on your Deaf Child. They grow up to be the most amazing adults you will come across.