By Richard Medugno
While Richard Medugno and his spouse Brenda discovered in 1993 that their17-month-old daughter Miranda used to be deaf, they grieved, as many listening to mom and dad do. quickly, even though, Medugno seized carry of the necessity to take confident motion for Miranda. Deaf Daughter, listening to Father recounts the impressive tale in their trip in past times fourteen years.Medugno first researched the easiest verbal exchange mode for Miranda. speedy disregarding the speech pathology version, he and his spouse selected ASL on my own because the most sensible, ordinary language for Miranda. He surrounded his daughter with possibilities to profit ASL, by means of arranging to fulfill deaf members and households, and in addition via hiring deaf babysitters. He additionally decided to benefit ASL himself, to make sure verbal exchange together with his daughter. As Miranda neared college age, Medugno spearheaded a transcontinental look for precisely the correct tuition for her schooling. in order that Miranda might attend the California university for the Deaf (CSD), the Medugno relations moved from Toronto, Canada to Fremont, CA.In Deaf Daughter, listening to Father, Medugno stocks sensible details on some of the universal demanding situations confronted via listening to mom and dad. He offers an inventory of video games that listening to and deaf teenagers can play jointly, a big attention for plenty of households. His enthusiasm for all chances, from exploring the opportunity of video telephones to assisting level CSD musicals, finds his abiding devotion to Miranda. Such a beginning has enabled her to believe proud, convinced, and chuffed in her ambitions. while, Medugno acknowledges that the rewards of getting a deaf daughter are a ways more than he may have was hoping for or imagined.
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Visiting Deaf Schools So Brenda and I researched deaf schools throughout North America. We wanted to ﬁnd the school that would be best for Miranda. We were willing to move to almost any place. We visited a number of deaf schools in both the United States and Canada. Our evaluating focused on schools that had strong reputations in the Deaf community and adhered to a bilingual-bicultural (bi-bi) philosophy in education. The ﬁrst place we checked out was the E. C. Drury School for the Deaf in Milton, Ontario.
When I wrote Carol, she wrote back saying she would be happy to meet with me. So the next time I traveled to Southern California, I met with Dr. Padden at her ofﬁce on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. Because of some unexpected duties that required her immediate attention, she only had a few minutes for me. Carol is deaf but has a good speaking voice. ” I enjoyed conversing with Dr. Padden and really appreciated her willingness to chat with a hearing parent. I asked Carol a few speciﬁc questions about deaf education and Deaf culture.
Oh, sure, we told him how lucky he was to have a beautiful, loving sister who opened a whole new world to us all. ” He and Brenda in our East York home in 1993. didn’t buy it, at least not then. All he saw was Miranda getting much more attention than he did. He saw all the extra efforts made to accommodate her. Then he experienced his sister and her friends making fun of him and the way he signed. This is not the way it should be, he must have thought. ” he said. “Life’s not fair,” I told him. It didn’t help.