15 6 / 2012
I just want to cry!!! Autumn has graduated from college. I am so proud of her. She has worked so hard in high school. She has made a lot of friends. I remember our little talk about how she needed to stay on task. She must have listened because she put forth a lot of effort and she made the grades. She played volleyball and was the team captain. She is a real inspiration. At one time, I thought, what is going to happen to her? How is she going to survive in this hearing world? Well, I don’t have to worry about that. Whatever obstacles she had, like English, she did what she needed to do to succeed. It still isn’t her best subject and she still struggles with it.
Today, my little girl walked across the stage. I couldn’t stop crying. I just kept thinking back to when she was born and the doctor’s telling me the devesting news. I wanted my child to be perfect. At first, I didn’t think she was perfect, but I was so wrong. It doesn’t matter if she is hearing or deaf. It doesn’t matter if she has hearing aids or not. She is perfect to me.
Now is the time for her to transition into that beautiful butterfly and make a difference in her life and others. She has become a teacher. She told me that’s what she wanted to do and she did it. I am so proud
15 6 / 2012
I can’t believe Autumn is in high school. Just seems like she was born yesterday. Although middle school years were a little crazy. Her grades weren’t so good. She started getting involved in the social life with her friends and was not concentrating on her school work. She seems to be doing better so far. We had a discussion about how these next few years are important and she really needs to buckle down. She actually agreed with me. We talked about her future and she thinks she wants to become a teacher. I was so happy to hear that she has something in mind. Everyone here at the school for the deaf is very encouraging and she has good role models here. It’s about time for her ITP. We need to figure out what her goals will be to get her ready to transition into the real world. She also has expressed some interest in playing sports. She is tall so volleyball would be a good sport for her. That was my favorite sport when I was in high school. It would be nice to see her play and get more involved in the school activities.
I am so glad we decided to send her to the school for the deaf and learn sign language. She has a language and an identity. We have wonderful conversations together. Not only did I learn, but so did my husband and her brothers. Her whole family can communicate with her. Since we have made learning sign language a priority, she has never felt left out of anything in our family.
14 6 / 2012
Please accept my (and my professor’s apologies) for my simulated blog. We are hearing people preparing to be teachers of Deaf/deaf/Hard of Hearing kids. It is an intensive 1-week class and we are learning so much about being a parent of a DHH child and the challenges & joys they face. Any help and advice from the real world of Deaf/deaf community and parents of DHH is HUGELY appreciated and will make us better teachers.
Linda (student) & Kate Reynolds (UNO professor)