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When I read this book, it allowed me deeper insight on two people in my life. Of course it gave me the ability to see into the background of my author (and dear friend), Tara. That fact is a given. What most people don't know is that it gave me the ability to really open my eyes to my father. While growing up as a child, I was raised knowing my father was mostly deaf. He lost his hearing while serving in the military before I was born. It never hit me until I read this book, the daily struggles my father must have face-and still faces today. Our society is definately one sided, and it is stacked against people who are struggling to survive and flourish with "handicaps" and/or "disabilities."You're stupid. You're retarded. You shouldn't have this job. These words lit a fire of determination in one deaf woman who set out to prove to the aviation world…and the world in general that deaf isn't dumb.Deaf Isn't Dumb is a motivational story of a young woman, Tara, who faces the challenges of growing up "hearing impaired" in a hearing world. Follow her as she recounts everything from childhood bullies to work related restrictions, and funny misunderstandings from mispronounced words to fear of Federal Air Marshals. In this tale, straight from the heart, learn that simply because one is deaf—contrary to popular misconception—it doesn't mean they are dumb.
I want to thank the author for not only sharing these recounts of her past with us as readers, but for trusting me as her friend to read and edit it. I also want to thank her for opening my eyes. Even when I thought I knew, I realized I didn't really know. You know? Yeah... If you read this book, you'll understand what I mean, and that's what makes it a Must Read Monday! ~ D. F. Krieger