The Illusion of Inclusion: When your son texts you an hour into his first day at a new school to say, “I don’t have an interpreter!”

This is how we started off the new school year. Over the summer, we moved 214 miles in order for Micah to attend the Florida School for the Deaf in St. Augustine. Well aware that studies show that Deaf students in hearing schools often experience greater isolation and psychological difficulty, my family took the plunge … More The Illusion of Inclusion: When your son texts you an hour into his first day at a new school to say, “I don’t have an interpreter!”

Lost in Translation: Unqualified ASL Interpreters Go Unregulated in Mainstream Classrooms Everyday

A strong foundation in a first language is a critical component for a child to develop not only reading skills, but healthy social and emotional skills. An early and rich language environment is key. … More Lost in Translation: Unqualified ASL Interpreters Go Unregulated in Mainstream Classrooms Everyday

7 Reasons Why Your Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Child Should Take STEM Classes

  A couple of weeks ago, Micah broke his wrist trying to land a skateboarding trick. Despite the setback, he’s recently decided he wants to become a pro-skater, and yesterday I caught him googling “skateboard college.” He watches X-Games online, styles his hair long, wears ripped Vans sneakers and sports his Volcom hat backwards. While … More 7 Reasons Why Your Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Child Should Take STEM Classes

The Most Important Thing I Learned About My Deaf Child From Deaf Adults

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to see a panel of Deaf adults share stories from their life experiences. This was no ordinary panel. These were Deaf adults who had defied all of the stereotypes about hearing loss and beaten the educational odds. In addition to being Deaf with language barriers, they told stories of … More The Most Important Thing I Learned About My Deaf Child From Deaf Adults