As the new ASDC Board President, I want to take a moment to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my background.
I am deaf, born to two hearing parents who had never met a deaf person in their life before they had me! Research shows that the majority of deaf children are born to hearing parents. I am a product of that statistic.
My parents were told to not teach me ASL
as that would hinder my speech development, to give me a cochlear implant straight away (implants were a new concept at that time), and to stress speech therapy so I could speak.
Luckily, my father was working with a deaf colleague
at the time...