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â€˘ About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. Nine out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear.
â€˘ About one out of 88 children in the U.S. has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the latest estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What are the odds of a hearing impaired boy wondering what it would be like to hear on his own, the tiniest of sounds? The whirr of the air condition vents? The soft breeze of someone passing by in a hallway? The softly veiled evening song of birds? Someone whispering, "I love you..."? Blowing out birthday candles on a cake? The coo of a dove? A sigh of relief?
What are the odds of a boy wanting the world around him to not be so loud that he cannot hear his own thoughts--those things that the average person hears that we can push to the backs of our minds, but he cannot? The tiniest of sounds are as loud as a plane roaring overhead and shaking the house. They are as loud as the semi-trailer trucks and trains that shove their way past on the freeway. They are as loud as the huge blast of sound cranked up from someone's stereo system in a small car-it's so loud that you vibrate along with it!
What are the odds that my autistic son would be standing side by side to a hearing impaired boy waiting for the elevator? There they were, waiting for the elevator and basically unaware of each other; my son covering his ears and the boy wearing red hearing aids with black stripes in each ear. Yet there they stood side by side.
What are the odds that they both understand that unwritten rule of etiquette to not look at the person next to you while waiting for the elevator? LOL!