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This poem appeared in the JanuaryFebruary 2004 issue of Hearing Loss

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This poem appeared in the JanuaryFebruary 2004 issue of Hearing Loss ...

This poem appeared in the January/February 2004 issue of Hearing Loss.

Just Because I’m Deaf…Doesn’t Mean…

Jason Alexander Greenburg Weisburd was awarded the Herbert Ain Memorial Prize by

    the SHHH South Nassau (Long Island, NY) Chapter. Each year, this scholarship is given

    to a high school student for his or her accomplishments and positive approach to the

    challenge of hearing loss. SHHH member Joseph Gordon, New York State chapter

    coordinator, was present at the awards ceremony where Jason performed a reading of

    his poem. He was so impressed that he wanted to share it and his story with SHHH

    readers.

Jason was born with a profound hearing loss. As a toddler, he was already wearing an

    FM unit throughout the day and spending many hours in language therapy. In addition to

    early intervention at school and home, Jason credits television for helping language

    development. He had early memories of watching Sesame Street with captions.

Jason is a graduate of Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown, New York. While in

    high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society, Boy Scouts of America,

    drama club, the SHHH Huntington Chapter. He was co-editor, staff writer and

    photographer of the school paper and was a presenter at the Artists, Writers and Poets

    Showcase. He is also included in Who‟s Who Among High School Students in America.

    Jason‟s credits and activities go on and on. He is currently in his first year at the

    Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in biotechnology/bioinformatics. Jason hopes

    to integrate biology and computers to improve the health status of the world and to

    bridge the gap between the worlds of people with hearing loss and people who can hear.

Jason says, “With all the challenges that I have met to this point, I am determined to

    overcome the many more that I will face as I go through my life. This is why I am proud

    to be, as my parents call me, „Our greatest joint achievement,‟ and grateful that my

    family, teachers, friends, BOCES, the Levittown school district, and others have helped

    make these achievements possible.”

This is one great young man and our thanks to Joe Gordon and the South Nassau SHHH

    Chapter for telling us about him..

Just Because I’m Deaf…Doesn’t Mean…

    By Jason Alexander Greenberg Weisburd

To my naked ear

    Thunder claps roaring in the sky

    Sometimes are like feathers floating to the floor Clamor in a crowded cafeteria

    Are like whispers in the winter wind

    Just because I can not HEAR does not mean I cannot COMMUNICATE…

    I can paint images with pictures and words

    Speak my mind with my mouth and with my hands

    Read the lips, signs and body English of the world around me

    Just because I can not HEAR does not mean I cannot HAVE FUN AND DANCE

    My feet feel the beat of the rhythmic vibrations

    I can see others moving their bodies and clapping their hands I can shake my booty as the music shakes the floor

    Just because I can not HEAR does not mean I cannot SMELL

    The smoking stove that made me a hero at Grandma’s house…

    The cinnamon fragrance of French toast in the air The aromatic scent of perfume and the beautiful bouquet of flowers

Just because I can not HEAR does not mean I cannot

    THINK

    About algebraic equations, anatomic structures and Asiatic cultures

    About my future occupation, teaching the world to sign

    About how important my family, friends, and others are

Just because I can not HEAR does not mean I cannot

    TOUCH HEARTS

    Those who can be patient will get entire kindness from me

    Those who can give the deaf a chance will get cooperation and my best

    Those who can listen will get my attempt to understand and be understood

Just because I can not HEAR does not mean I cannot

    FEEL

    The happiness of life and the grievance of death

    The soft sensation of love and the hard heartbreak of hate

    The sweating heat of a summer sun and the freezing chill of a winter snow

    Deaf does not mean “Hear nothing at all”

    It does not mean “dumb”

    It does not mean “inhuman”

    It means seeing the gold in silence and sound, as well

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