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ERIC Number: EJ1019103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
To Save a Son
Zummo, Sherri
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v14 p78-81 2013
Sherri Zummo knew she somehow needed to find a way for her son to live in the world as a person who was profoundly deaf in both ears. He was also diagnosed as legally blind, on the autistic spectrum, and intellectually delayed with other medical and physical issues. As he grew, his special needs increased, behaviors became worse, and the struggle for services became harder. After her son attacked a police officer, Zummo huddled with him in the Emergency Department of their local hospital and refused to leave until the state guaranteed her the services she knew he needed. Motivated by the conviction that she had to hold strong and fight for the life and future of her son, Zummo shares the story of her struggle as her son's advocate, her successes, failures and conviction that she was called upon to be the voice of her son in the wider world in order to make sure he was able to access the necessary tools required for a good quality of life.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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