A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter turned 18. This is an exciting time in her life as she finishes high school and prepares for college. My wife and I are very proud of the woman that she has become; however, her outlook wasn’t always so rosy. 18 years ago, my daughter was in the hospital fighting for her life. She was born very premature (1 lb. 6 oz.) and the doctors weren’t sure that she was going to make it.
This article was originally published in HuffPost on July 12, 2017.
Raising a child who is deaf and has additional needs can at times be very frustrating. Our oldest daughter is deaf and has cerebral palsy. After we received her diagnosis, I felt very isolated because I didn’t know any other children who had this particular set of challenges. When Julia was young, people were kind to us but you could always see the sympathy in their eyes. Many times, my wife and I felt like we were the only ones (or at least one of the few) who struggle to raise a child with this unique set of circumstances. Continue reading “Raising a Deaf Child with Additional Needs”