I’m sure for all fathers-to-be, the prospect of actual fatherhood is both a joyous and scary proposition. As well it should be. But it was fraught, for me, with worries that my son would experience some of the same pains I did by inheriting my Tourette’s or become deaf.
I’m sure some of you have gone to a concert and seen a sign language interpreter transliterating the songs and probably thought to yourself, “Why are deaf people here? They can’t hear anything.”
We often empathize with people with who have it rough, but what many of us consider ‘rough’ is usually something like a terminal illness or homelessness. Things easily understandable. But what happens when a close friend or family member is diagnosed with something that isn’t easily understandable?
Being a father is an amazing thing in and of itself, but helping to raise a child with the challenges I face is a rewarding experience and one I wouldn’t change for the world.
Today, we interview a young lady named Mallori Symone, an entrepreneur who happens to be hard of hearing.
Depression, as little as it is talked about in general, seems to come with hearing loss and Tourette’s like sweat and exercise. At least some of the time.
Tourette Syndrome is a very difficult condition to get a handle on. From issues of control to where you’re ticcing and how to mask it.
The most famous documentary about Tourette Syndrome is Twist and Shout that’s told from a largely non-personal point of view.
Conference is for Individuals with Tourette Syndrome, Teachers, Educators, Parents, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Social Workers, Counselors, Physicians, Health Care Professionals, Nurse Practitioners and of course the children.
One of the most common misconceptions about ASL is that it’s just English said with hand signs. Nothing could be further from the truth…