June 30, 2009 4:43pm CST
The Discovery Science channel did a show last Friday on three deaf-blind triplet girls. One of them can see partially. The rest are totally blind and deaf. Their mom and her boyfriend do a really good job with them, but they have trouble getting the girls the assistants services they need. Deaf-blind people use something called an intervener. It's a cross between a sign language interpreter and a personal care assistant. The goal of the intervener is to teach the girls everything from academics to personal care. The most famous intervener is Anne Sullivan who was Helen Keller's intervener. You can get intervening services in Canada, Europe, and Washington, D.C. at the Helen Keller National Center. You can't get intervener services in Texas where they live. At the present moment, they don't want to send the girls to boarding school in D.C. but more and more it's beginning to look like that's the only choice. I wouldn't like to do it if I were a parent either. But, I think, in the end I would have to decide that that was what was best for the kid. What would you do if these were your children?
2 people like this
• United States
5 Jul 09
That's utterly and complete love these parents have for their children however, they need to think about what's best for their children instead of being selfish. Selfish is a strong word but it is true when it comes to such situations. I can honestly tell you this, I wish my parents had sent me to a deaf school so I could've learned sign language but they didn't and my hearing is getting worse and worse all the time that eventually, I'm going to be deaf totally one day.... then where will I be? How will I learn to communicate? I don't honestly know because there's so many types of sign language that I'm not sure which is the right or more universal kind so I stay just as I am now.
• United States
30 Jun 09
I feel like sending them away to the boarding school would be the best for them. But I don't think there is anyway I could be away from my children for any period of time. Maybe the only alternative that these people have is to move to Washington D.C. and get a job there where they can get the help the children need, but still not have to be far away from them. This is a sad story. I hope they get it all worked out.