It's interesting how people will look at G now and assume it's always been so easy or happy for him. He went through cancer. Then he went through years of isolation. At the school for the Deaf he gained the confidence to approach other kids and self advocate. It's only been in the last year that he's become so comfortable chatting it up with hearing kids too, and demanding of hearing adults... : )
We moved from G town because it was so painful to see him completely isolated from everyone at school, church and family. Nobody could really appreciate how awesome he was except for the 2-3 people that could sign.
When we moved here he was never invited to hearing kids birthday parties or anything until he turned 8 and was in cub scouts. He was included in celebrations for deaf kids. That's why we moved here. At church there are 2 children his age that are deaf. These 3 kids are the biggest group of deaf lds children we've ever found in visiting 4 other units, and asking about others. Most deaf units have deaf adults. But since 90% of deaf children have hearing adults, their parents just mainstream them for school and church.
When we moved here G's kindergarten class was 5 boys. And he had a male teacher! What an amazing change, to suddenly have so many peers. Each year the class has gotten bigger. I'm so grateful that we were able and willing to move and make this possible for G.
He's such a confident kid. I love that.