Two months ago. I attended an event at the Singapore School for the Deaf. The school was established in 1963 and has been at its Mountbatten premises for more than 2 decades.
I was early that morning so I found myself a seat and started observing my surroundings. A couple of teachers brought in their young students. They are not your usual children who couldn't stop talking; unable to speak but they reached out to their fellow students in their own ways.
Their teachers were fussing around them, tidying their uniforms and helping to adjust their lanyards.
These kids have the same needs as those of other children: they need to play, to express themselves, to have fun, to learn and to be happy. Without a parent or caregiver's help, these children would have to face many challenges in order to make it through life.
I was once the caregiver of a deaf Indonesian teenager. He now owns a successful business, married a beautiful lady and is the father of two beautiful, healthy children. Deaf children can and do grow up to live happy, successful lives.
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