Athletics and Deafness

by Amanda C.


(Modesto, ca, usa)

I’d have to say that my favorite person that I have been introduced to has to be William Hoy, the baseball player.

I myself do not know any deaf people or have much interaction with many people in my community that are deaf. However I do work for a company that provides behavioral support and tutoring for children with autism. Some children with autism can have very limited to no speech at all. And in these cases typically we will introduce and teach a PECS (picture exchange communication system), but at times we do use some sign with clients who have family members that are familiar with sign, or high functioning non-verbal children that may be working in a language handicapped class (our school district’s label) where several other children and teachers sign.

Originally before becoming involved in the field of autism, I was a gymnastics instructor for all levels of gymnastics. The majority of the children I coached where “typical”. However over the years of coaching I had the pleasure of coaching several children with various muscular problems, verbal disorders, ASD disorders, and mild deafness. All of this led me to my line of work today.

So I guess the reason I chose William Hoy is because I always have a soft spot in my heart for those who do not let obstacles stand in their way to prevent them form achieving their goals in sports. I personally believe that sports activities are a great way to learn about yourself and develop a sense of self worth and good self esteem. It’s great social interaction for people at any verbal or non-verbal level.