I've just viewed a video of your talk at this year's TEDxUSU and was
again inspired by your and other's work in the field of early detection.
It is so incredibly sad how little the general public knows about
deafness and deaf awareness. I'm from South Africa and it's also a major
challenge for supporters of the cause here.
I was (probably) born almost completely deaf, and my wonderful parents
only realised this when I was supposed to start speaking. Because the
technology in our country did not at the time provide for early detection
methods, they could only confirm my deafness at age three.
Nevertheless my parents acquired every bit of knowledge they could and
pushed me extremely hard so that I could attend normal mainstream
schools. Thanks to them I never felt disabled a day in my life and
graduated high school with distinctions in all my subjects and then went
on to obtain my BA degree in language and literature studies and also my
honours degree in Afrikaans (my first language) and Dutch literature
studies. I'm now 25, happily married and assistant editor at one of South
Africa's leading websites.
I'm writing all this to show you that your efforts can not in any way be
in vain. I'm positive that many parents are benefiting from your tireless
campaign to help the world's deaf children.
So thank you for the noble and honourable work you're doing.
Posted by: Maggie Marx, 12/18/12
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