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ERIC Number: EJ903157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Looking Back... Longing for a Group of Friends
Oliva, Gina
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v8 n1 p14-18 2006-2007
In this first-person account, the author reflects on her struggles during the adolescent years as she searched for a sense of belonging and identity as a hard of hearing youth. She stresses that deaf and hard of hearing children, like all other children and solitaires, need a critical mass of peers, friends, and companions to whom they can reach out to year round. In spite of adults' best efforts to normalize the school experiences of hard of hearing and deaf children, there will be days, weeks, months, and even years where children who are deaf and hard of hearing feel they have no one who really understands their challenges. There seems to be ample evidence that once these individuals reach adulthood, if they then experience the fullness of engagement with others like themselves, they express regret that they did not have this connection when they were adolescents. Deaf and hard of hearing peers will likely remain an invaluable resource for each other for the remainder of their lives.
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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