29
Sep
2019

Korean-American Deaf Adoptee: Kami’s Story

Korean-American Deaf Adoptee Shares Her Story Kami tells her story as a Korean-American Deaf adoptee, recounting the touching moment her mother identified her out of a group of newly arrived babies. She also covers a few other adoption-related issues. Each Adoption Experience is Different Hi, my name is Kami and I’m a Korean-American Deaf adoptee. I was asked to share …

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27
Sep
2019

Deaf Hispanic Adoptee: Treean’s Story

Deaf Adoptee Discovered His Hispanic Identity Treean discusses the life-changing moment when he discovered his Hispanic cultural identity as a Deaf adoptee from Bogota, Colombia I owe a huge, infinite amount of gratitude to one particular person. Let me explain. I will never forget that precious moment. The moment changed my life in the most profound and incredible way. Every …

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25
Sep
2019

Deaf Adoptee Shares Her Experience

Experience of a Deaf Adoptee Cynthia opens up about being a Deaf adoptee, sharing some experiences she had that are common among adoptees. Deaf Parents Started with Being Foster Parents Hi, I’m Cynthia. I’ve watched the recent video series on adoption, which has featured parents who have adopted children. Now I’d like to share my story as an adoptee. I’ll …

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25
Sep
2019

Deaf Adoption Tips from Therapist

Deaf Adoption Tips by Deaf Parents Judy and Bob offer some helpful tips to consider before adopting a child. Deaf Adoption Tips include unconditional commitment, good network with the Deaf community, and appropriate terminology. Bob: Hello. We will discuss adoption. My name is Bob… Combining Children by Birth and Adoption Judy: and I am Judy. Together, we raised two daughters, …

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18
Sep
2019

Deaf Adoption: Unwanted Medical Advice Story

Ron discusses dealing with a medical issue related to his son and some unwanted medical advice from the doctor. Experience Related to the Medical Field Ron: Hi and good afternoon, I’m Ron Symansky, a father of three adopted children through international adoptions. I’d like to share one of my experiences related to the medical field. My oldest son had a …

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11
Sep
2019

Adoption: A Deaf Adoptive Parent, Kym’s Story

Adoption and the Medical Community Hi, I’m Kym Symansky. I’m the mother of three children through international adoption. I want to share my experience with adoption, particularly with the medical community. When our children came home, I felt like they were my children, 500% mine, even though they did not come from my womb. They are children who came from …

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3
Sep
2019

Neurodiversity: Toni’s ADHD Story

Neurodiversity: As part of DCC’s spotlight on neurodiversity, Toni shares her struggles with ADHD, which is prevalent in 4.4% of the US population. Dealing with ADHD: Hello! I’m Toni. I want to talk a little about ADHD/Neurodiversity, which I have. When I was first diagnosed with ADHD, I remember everything clicking in my mind and thinking, “Ohhh, that explains all …

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30
Aug
2019

Deaf Parent Raising Children with Autism

As part of our Neurodiversity video series, Bobba shares from her heart about raising two children with autism. Hello! I have two children with autism – one girl who is 29 and one boy who is almost 28, both of whom are complete opposites. My daughter is easily overstimulated and has seizures, while my son is very under stimulated. It …

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21
Aug
2019

Rethinking the ASL Therapy Sign (2006)

Feeling nostalgic after reviewing our archives. Here’s a throwback video by our (much younger!) Sharon, sharing thoughts about a new sign for “counseling”, 13 years ago in 2006. We are happy to see that use of this new sign that we suggested has slowly spread over the years, and more people have opted to use this sign over the traditional …

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16
Aug
2019

Grief: Sandy’s ASL Story of Her Son Being Shot

Hi, my name is Sandy Graham. I’m from Michigan. My son was shot when he was only 14 years old, back in 1997. He would have been 36 years old today. His name is Saleh (shows name-sign “S” shaking from side to side). What happened was that a boy named John, who was almost 16 years old, found his father’s …

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