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From:  Linda Erickson
Date:  Fri Jun 2, 2000  7:38 am
Subject:  Re: Chami

Thank you so much for your positive and uplifting response.
I do not live in CA.. I live in a rural area of Alaska. About 360 miles
from Anchorage. The only way for travel is by barge which takes about 3
weeks, or by plane.
So, the best way for me to communicate is by e-mail.
What do the educators use for curriculum for the small deaf children for
reading, teaching them that is on how to read?
How many deaf children are in your school district?
Is there a support team for families?
Is there a culture/community there for the deaf to be apart of/invovled in?
We have 4 deaf children. All different ages.
I have tried for over 5 years to get the families together. Unfortuntantly,
no luck? And I really don't understand the why's. I feel our children need
each other, If even just to see there are other children that are deaf like
one another. (They all also have other disabilities, but whoopy-doo.) Thats
life. As you can see, it does not bother me. I still feel the benefits
would be wonderful. Both for the children and the parents/families.
But, as you have already noticed, I am not a quiter. I am an advocate. And
I will continue to be one for Lindsey until she can take over for herself.
I look forward from hearing from you.
Lindsey's mama-Linda

From: Nancy Sager
To: SignWriting List
Subject: Re: Chami
Date: Thursday, June 01, 2000 1:19 PM

Hi! I am Nancy Sager, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs Consultant for the
California Department of Education. Thank you for the lovely introduction
to your daughter. I hope you get responses from many other parents. Best
of luck to you. If you live in California, and if I can ever be of
assistance to you, please don't hesitate to contact me. My phone # is 916
327-3868 and my e-mail address is

>>> Linda Erickson 06/01 12:25 PM >>>
I would love to speak and receive messages back from parents and
professionals about deaf children. I have a beautiful, energetic,
ambitious, strong minded five year old daughter whom is profoundly deaf.
Her name is Lindsey.
Lindsey just graduated from 3 years of special ed preschool. Prior to that,
2 1/2 years of the Infant Learning Program.
Lindsey is a very intelligent young girl, who is also gifted with the
non-stop gabbing. I've been told she will learn how to speak, due to her
non stop sounds she makes. She already says many words, but we are still
working with her. Her signing skills are good, and ofcourse, a non-stop
learning process with this.
We believe in total communication anywhere's from ASL to miming. What ever
it takes, we want to help her understand language.
Our other continous factor is teaching her how to read. WE would love to
hear how and what has worked good for others.
Lindsey's hearing loss is 110 to 125 dcb loss in both ears.
She was born with imperfect cochlears, no hair molacules, and so on.
(Cochlear implants at this time, no, we're still not really
interested..Besides, the child needs to be weraing their hearing aids
consitantly, and Lindsey does not. She only has been wearing them at school
and alot of times the teacher will find her with the aids turned off. It
seems to be more of a nuisance then any support/help for her.) And that's
fine. We feel and believe that the good Lord made her this way, and she has
alot of gifts and talents and love to share with the world through her
deafness. We don't believe in conforming to this world as the world would
see it. (So, just to let those folks know before they write back to me
saying stuff about this procedure. Politely saying, "We're not interested
at this time.")
She had a lazy eye at birth also. When we visited a Doctor about this, he
had us take our daughter to a beach daily to walk on the rocks, in this
fashion, it would help equalize her equilibrium. Guess what, it worked.
When I tell other Doctor's about this, their totally amazed. Oh, how I love
simple solutions. No drugs, no surgeries. YES!
So, that is a good start.
I am looking forward from chatting via e-mail with you.
Lindsey's mama-Linda

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