Mother, Father Deaf Day

Honoring Deaf Parents of Hearing Children

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In a classic "Peanuts" comic strip, one of the characters asks an adult relative, "We have mother's day, father's day...when do we have children's day?" The wise adult relative responds, "Every day is children's day."

What about deaf parents and their hearing children? For years deaf parents have raised hearing children, a task made easier all the time by modern technology. Joanne Greenberg's classic novel "In this Sign" paints a picture of a deaf couple and their hearing children in the thirties.

Deaf parents and hearing children have been the subjects of movies such as "Beyond Silence."

Hearing children of deaf parents also play a major role in the carrying on of deaf culture. It is they who often become interpreters or teachers of the deaf, for instance. While technology has reduced deaf parents' dependence on hearing children, hearing children can still help their deaf parents out in certain situations.

Deaf parents are a special type of mother and father. So in 1994, the organization Children of Deaf Adults decided to designate one day each year for hearing children (young and old) everywhere to honor their deaf parents: Mother, Father Deaf Day, held each year on the last Sunday in April. The day is usually marked with events such as picnics.

  • On the Edge of Deaf Culture: Hearing Childen/Deaf Parents - Book by an adult child of deaf parents.
  • My Sense of Silence : Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness - An autobiographical book by an adult child of deaf parents.

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