Katie Mann
July 24, 2013

Sometimes as a teacher, there are “one of those days” when you feel no headway is occurring. But then there are such distinctive moments of helping “just one person” that brings you back to the heart of teaching. Today was one of the latter.

In class there was an adorable little boy with cognitive impairments who also signed. Noticing his hearing aids, I automatically went into sim com (simultaneously communication, aka signing and talking at the same time). At the end of our time together the class put on a five minute skit for the parents. Afterward the boy’s mom came up in tears: “You have no idea how happy it makes me that he wasn’t isolated. That he could participate and be understood.” As Helen Keller said, “Blindness separates us from things, but deafness separates us from people.” I was honored to be helpful to “just one person” in stopping the isolation.