I will go on the record as saying this: 2012 was a good year for Lipreading Mom. As the year comes to an end, I am thankful for my family and our health, friendships and new opportunities. I am thankful for you, my faithful reader.
Was this year everything you wanted it to be? If you are part of the Deaf and hearing loss community, you might be thankful for at least one of these five things:
1. Show Us the Captions – In November and December, cinemas all over the world were encouraged by Deaf/hearing loss activists to show first-run films with captions. Did you see any good captioned movies this year?
2. DeafChats – Deaf Insight Founder Monica Hood and friends hosted a monthly chat for anyone interested in discussing deaf and hearing loss issues. Favorite topics: deafness in the workplace and celebrating the holidays with a hearing loss. The good news: More monthly chats are planned for 2013.
3. Show Me Your Ears – I spent many years hiding my hearing aids from everyone…until 2012 and the launch of this awareness campaign. People from all over the world submitted photos of their ears, many of them with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Have you submitted your photo yet?
4. Deaf Pioneers – Modern-day examples of people who are deaf and making a difference: Actress Marlee Matlin and her fellow castmates of the popular ABC sitcom Switched at Birth. However, I have the most admiration for a woman who made great things happen 100 years ago while living with her own deafness: Girl Scouts USA Founder Daisy Low. And 2012 brought a compelling biography of Low by author Stacy A. Cordery. (Look for it in your local library.)
5. Our Community and Culture – Now more than ever, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can connect with others online who walk the same walk. All you have to do is read through Lipreading Mom and Deaf Insight blogs, or search Facebook or Twitter to find support groups made by and for the Deaf/hearing loss community. A special thank you to some of my guest blog writers this year, who are all active in the hearing loss community.
How has 2012 impacted your life?
Share your comments with me below. Once again…thank you for sharing this journey with me in 2012. I wish you a warm and bright New Year!