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2015: The Year of the Deaf Child

2015: The Year of the Deaf Child

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2015: The Year of the Deaf Child, guest post by Julie Rems Smario


It hit me hard again… The Deaf child rarely tells the stories.

If you search for stories about raising Deaf children, you will find stories of hearing
mothers and fathers and grandparents of Deaf children. Their stories are focused on impairments, and how the surrounding family is affected. Their stories often show that the Deaf Child is the center of their pain.

The Deaf Child is not born to inflict pain on those who love them.

During past few years, with the exponential growth of hearing dominated early intervention and deaf education resources, more and more hearing people along with hearing parents and family members are using social media to write about raising deaf children, or children with “hearing loss” (now a common description –thanks *sarcastically* to the influence by the medical professionals).

Once again, the Deaf Child rarely tells the stories.

Even the “hearing loss” awareness campaigns feel like allies and medical professionals reaching out to more allies and medical professionals. The Deaf child is disempowered and forgotten in the name of “overcoming deafness” to accomplish the society’s hearing standards. Deaf children are often treated like the objects of inspiration and burden.

The Deaf Child has been hijacked.

2015 is the year to push for the inspiring stories from Deaf children and Deaf adults who had wonderful experience growing up Deaf. With the resources we have now, it is so easy to create the Deaf Child platform with inspiring stories. Deaf children and adults can dominate social medial about the following: It is okay to be Deaf; it is healthy to be raised bilingually (ASL and English), Deaf schools are the Least Restrictive Environments, and Deaf children can “be” as healthy bilingual Deaf human beings accomplishing anything they dare to dream for.

2015 is the year of the Deaf Child.

Let’s make Veditz proud by ending the war on Deaf babies.


julie rems smarioJulie Rems-Smario is an Education Consultant at California School for the Deaf, in Fremont where she can further her goal to preserve, protect and promote ASL for all children. Founding CEO for DeafHope, Julie was nationally recognized with several awards such as CNN Heroes and E-Women Network International Humanitarian Award for her work working with Deaf survivors of domestic and sexual violence.



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Tuesday 9th of April 2019

[…] Year of the Deaf Child: Guest Post by Julie Rems-Smario […]

julie rems-smario

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

you can follow #ToSignIsHuman to get all the wonderful dreams shared by the Deaf children.

Marshall Lawrence

Friday 6th of February 2015

This is a great call! We are hearing parents of a Deaf daughter, raised in a residential Deaf school. We've been advocating for ASL & bilingual education for a long time. But we need more stories of Deaf children and what ASL means to them. The doors it opens. The relationships it opens. The freedom and power it gives them that no other tool gives them. Oh, yes! Tell your stories, even if they hard to share or hard for hearties to understand. But when you do, caption them or have them voiced. Otherwise the people who need to "hear" them the most will NEVER understand.

Mother of a deaf child

Friday 6th of February 2015

Mother of a deaf child

Friday 6th of February 2015

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