I spent the first part of this summer volunteering at a local school. I’m not going to go into much detail here for obvious reasons. However, it was fascinating interacting with such a diverse group of junior high school deaf/hoh teenagers. The group ranged from a hoh teenager who could “get by” without hearing aids to a culturally Deaf teenager who came from a Deaf family. There were teenagers who wore CIs and preferred to sign, teenagers who wore CIs and preferred to speak, teenagers who preferred not to wear CIs/HAs, etc.
There is no one “right” way that fits all deaf people just like there’s no one “right” way that fits all hearing people. We are diverse. What works for one person may not work for the next.
Anyways, I forgot how much I enjoy learning from kids and how much I enjoy volunteering. So now I’m looking for another place to volunteer at. I’m checking into local animal shelters and Special Olympics.