I gave birth to two boys. They are young men now, twenty and twenty-two years old. They are huge influences in my art. The joy and learning opportunities that they have brought me over the years inevitably shows up in my artistic expression.
The youngest is deaf and has bilateral cochlear implants. Having a child with challenges resulted in my own personal goals being temporarily hijacked by language and developmental goals. I do not regret any of the time that I set aside to parent my children. I think that I am a much more interesting and compassionate person.
I have always asked the questions “why not” and “how can we make it accessible?” when it comes to navigating this thing we call life. We are all human beings first before we are our labels. The labels just give some extra information and do not define our entirety. This is one of the reasons I don’t like our children referred to as special needs kids. They are children with special needs. They are so much more than their needs. Look past their needs to their strengths and their abilities and you will find a delightful complex individual.
I advocate for the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children with our school board. I am willing to talk to any parent of a child with special needs.
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