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Author Topic: Empire star learned early that compassion and kindness can cure stigma  (Read 2146 times)

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When asked about her first recollection of her parents being deaf, a pregnant pause settles before actress Grace Gealey answers. There was nothing to compare it to, she says. "That's not something that happens in children. Whatever circumstance you grow up in is exactly what you deem to be normal."

Gealey explains that she was 7 or 8 years old when the realization dawned that there was a difference between her parents and other mothers and fathers. "But it was more of an outside perspective than one from the inside," she says. "I realized not that my parents were deaf, but that other parents could hear."

Gealey's explanation crystallizes a key experience that defines deaf culture. As the child of deaf parents, she identifies as a member of a distinct cultural group with its own language, beliefs, attitudes, history, norms, values, literary traditions and art. But like it does for many children of deaf adults, or CODA for short, the realization made Gealey feel different.

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