Sharon Clark is a very proud mother to her endlessly amazing 4-year-old daughter Sarah who is Deaf. She has a BS in Journalim, a Master's in Reading Education and for the past 4 years she has worked with organizations and local synagogues in Baltimore to create programming to unite hearing and Deaf families in Maryland. Last year she won a $1,000 Make It Happen Grant from the Schusterman Foundation and over 100 Deaf and Hearing program joined together for a meaningful Hanukkah program. Sharon will continue to write about her daughter for this magazine.
My daughter Sarah, who is 4 years old, was born profoundly Deaf. She communicates using American Sign Language, but is also a typically developing toddler who does the same kinds of things that all…toddlers do. Throughout the past four years I have learned that there are some misconceptions about Deaf children, so I’ve put together this list to help people understand Sarah and other children like her. It is important to mention that no two children or families are alike, and what might be true for Sarah might… >> Read More
We recently held my older son's bar mitzvah. I had heard many stories about all the pitfalls of these events--which are really supposed to be focused on the meaningfulness for the young people…involved-- but assumed I would get around them and plan an event that would be successful and well-organized, without much of the tsuris that other families seem to have to deal with. I am an executive in the government, after all, accustomed to dealing with a wide range of stakeholders, conflicting priorities, and tight timelines.… >> Read More