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  This is my daughter, Harper. She is twelve and was born with severe hearing loss. That means she could not hear anything other than doors slamming, drums, thunder, or a freight train. She was outfitted with...

Those who are part of the deaf and hard of hearing community are facing unique challenges during this global pandemic. Kimberly Fugate, a toddler support teacher at the Center for Children in Lexington KY, is...

  I remember wondering after learning of my newborn baby’s hearing loss if he would ever develop spoken language or hear my voice.  The thing is—I never really articulated my concerns, rather I tucked them deep inside....

Dear Daughter, As you prepare to become a teenager, here are a few things I wish for you: May you always find the beauty in nature: oceans, trees, mountains. May you always know your body...

Before our meeting begins, I want to share with you a few things about my kid. I know we are going to discuss things like preferential seating, FM systems, and surround-sound units. We will address...

He was named before he entered this world. It only took my husband seven-months to convince me that calling our baby boy, Battle, would be a good idea. Think about it. . . "Battle on...

“I call the backseat!” Pushing my way through the open car door, leaping over the middle seat, I threw myself into the rear-facing third row of our baby blue 1971 station wagon. With less than...

When my baby was diagnosed with hearing loss, I did not want to hear the word FINE. Because, here’s the thing. In those early days—it was NOT fine. None of it. I was scared. I...

As the school year comes to an end, I’d like to give a big SHOUT OUT to all the kids who had an IEP and made it through the year! Here’s the thing. There probably...

I was a newlywed when I decided I wanted to run a marathon. Despite being an exercise instructor since the days of vinyl and leg warmers and an athlete, long distance running had never been...

The other day I read through some of my teen’s text messages. He has quite a collection of group chats going on...

My husband and I had a day date. Not the sexy kind of afternoon rendezvous where your order a glass of chardonnay and feel swanky and cool. This was the grown-up kind of date—involving words...