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I’ll never forget the time my child came home from elementary school confused and upset after being reprimanded on the playground. She had been climbing on the play structure and the supervisor repeatedly called her from...

A few things I want to share with my kids as they become teenagers: Find strength in your gifts and humility in your weaknesses. Choose being courageous over being perfect. Admit your mistakes. Take responsibility, apologize, try not...

My dad died of cancer a little more than five months after this photo was taken.  I traveled home from school to spend Easter Sunday with him, my mom was working in the hospital in ICU...

I asked a group of readers who are deaf or hard of hearing what it feels like when someone says NEVERMIND. Many of the feelings were universal, things those with natural hearing take for granted or...

When he’s 16: There are irrational emotions arise in his heart and plummet into his gut without warning. There is acne and body odor and other physiological weirdness, with whiskers and mustaches, long legs and...

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....

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...

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...

“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...

When someone gives you a compliment, accept it. Rather than letting it go in one ear and out the other—allow it to marinate. Everyone gets gas. Most people occasionally snore, too. Don’t sweat it. And,...