Hearing Impairment is a Social Barrier for those who do not know how to use Sign Language, but in this Little Town which is at the far end of Islington Road in Newton, Massachusetts (USA), Sign Language has actually brought the Community Together.
2-year-old Samantha (Sam) Savitz is Deaf, but that does not stop her from being an Outgoing Little Toddler. Whenever Samantha is out with her Parents in their Town of Newton, she tries to chat up Everyone she meets.
(Samantha Savitz. Photo by CBS NEWS.)
As this Little Girl got a bit older, she continuously tried to befriend her neighbors and they were all Heartbroken when they were unable to respond, because they did not know Sign Language.
“She’s super engaging. She wants to chat-up with anybody.” said her Father, Raphael.
“Yea, her whole personality changes when it’s someone who can communicate with her,” said her Mother, Glenda.
(Raphael and Glenda Savitz. Photo by CBS NEWS.)
On the other hand, if someone cannot, that would make Samantha just a little sad.
Her desire for engagement has been painfully obvious to everyone in the neighborhood. Whenever they see her on a walk or in her yard and Samantha tries to be neighborly, they find themselves at frustrating loss for words……
Rather than giving up, the Entire Community started attending Sign Language Classes so they could communicate with Samantha.
“I didn’t know what to say back. Wouldn’t you like to talk to her?” said one neighbor.
“Basic conversation that one would have with a child,” said another.
“Asking her about her day,” said a third.
“And make her feel that she is part of the neighborhood,” said another neighbor.
“Just be her friend,” another neighbor added.
Unfortunately, this is not something which could be solved easily. It would need the Whole Community to learn Sign Language, just for a little 2-year-old girl!!! We cannot expect neighbors to do that. We could only appreciate them when they do so.
On their own, Samantha’s Neighbors got together, hired an Instructor and are now fully immersed in an American Sign Language Class. The Teacher, Rhys McGovern, said that this is Remarkable because in many cases even the Parents of Deaf Children do not bother to learn Sign Language.
(Rhys McGovern. Photo by CBS NEWS.)
“But here Sam has a full community that’s signing and communicating with her and her family, and it is a beautiful story,” Rhys said.
And he said this Level of Inclusion will almost certainly Guarantee a Happier, more Well-Adjusted Sam~~~
(Samantha Savitz with her Neighbors. Photo by CBS NEWS.)
Which is why her Parents says there are not words in Any Language to express their Gratitude.”Yea, it’s really shocking and beautiful,” Glenda said.
“We are so fortunate,” Raphael said.
In fact, they said they were already seeing a difference in their Daughter.
(Samantha Savitz with her Neighbors. Photo by Good News Network.)
Maybe a “good neighborhood” is nothing more than Good Neighbors~~~
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(Source from CBS NEWSon 17 February, 2019 and Good News Network on 18 February, 2019.)