Deaf Child Receives the Miracle of Hearing and Parents Get Rebuked by Deaf Community


This week’s DODO bird Award winner is the National Association of the Deaf who vilified one of their own for actually wanting to HEAR!

I thought the National association of the Deaf was for helping those who could not hear attain a better quality of life by avocating for the deaf community. I guess if everyone got the miracle of hearing, like Caitlin did the National Association for the Deaf would not have any members and would not get any more government money as a result.

That is the only thing that makes sense in this senseless story. Caitlin I am proud of you and I say to your parents, well done!

To the NAOD I say here is your DODO bird award, wear it proudly because you earned it.

This one belongs in the loony bin because it has certainly flown over the cuckoo’s nest.

Eagle Out!

clipped from www.onenewsnow.com

Reluctant Rebel logo 2In 1987, Caitlin Parton nearly died from bacterial meningitis.  She was two years old at the time, living in the town next to mine.  When she returned home from the hospital she could no longer sit up, walk, or hold her head straight.  She had lost her sense of balance.  She’d also lost her hearing.

A few months later, at the age of two and a half, Caitlin became the youngest person ever to receive a cochlear implant.  And that was no easy fix, requiring years of intensive speech therapy.  As Caitlin herself told the New York Times a few years later, “It’s a miracle device, but you have to put in the hard work to make the miracle happen.”
A segment of the deaf community — in the form of the National Association of the Deaf — turned on Caitlin’s parents, Melody James and Steve Parton. 
They said we had no right to decide to use artificial technology to deprive Caitlin of her deafness.”

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