Deaf Again

1440 words 6 pages
Book Report on Deaf Again The book, Deaf Again, written by Mark Drolsbaugh, is an autobiography telling his life story which starts with a young boy growing up who goes through the process of losing his hearing and then, as he gets older, he struggles with trying to fit in as a normal child. When Mark was very young, he could hear fairly well then gradually he went hard of hearing until he eventually went completely deaf. Even though he had two deaf parents, the doctors advised speech therapy and hearing aids because they did not understand Deaf Culture and they thought that Mark would be a lot happier if he could hang on to his hearing persona. Throughout the rest of the book, Mark goes through a lot of stages of trying to fit in …show more content…

He attended PMFS from grades three through six and he was very happy there. At the end of grade six, it was time to look for a high school to attend. Again, Mark's grandfather shopped around and found another Friend's School, Germantown Friend's School (GFS), and he felt that this would be good for Mark since it would continue the Quaker experience. Mark passed the entrance exam, but the principal of the school was concerned when he heard that the child was deaf. Mark would not let his grandfather down and, after sitting in on a few classes, convinced the principal that he would be fine. Unfortunately, though, Mark would not be fine. He had a really tough time through GFS and half the time he did not know what people were saying. He eventually got an interpreter, which helped him out, a little bit, but he would still be a couple steps behind. By the time everything was interpreted and Mark had an answer, someone else would have already given it. He stumbled through his years at GFS and eventually would come to be the only deaf student to graduate from there. For the next couple years after high school, Mark would still stumble along the way not knowing his full potential. Everything he did was, "Not bad for a deaf kid." He became a leader at PSD for a couple years, but it would not be until he attended Gallaudet that he realized his full potential. He stayed there for many years and learned a lot about Deaf Culture while attending. Mark


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