Finding Zoe

Finding Zoe

A Deaf Woman's Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption

eBook - 2014
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"Four-month old Zoe was gradually losing her hearing. Her adoptive parents loved her-yet agonized- feeling they couldn't handle raising a deaf child. Would Zoe go back into the welfare system and spend her childhood hoping to find parents willing to adopt her? Or would Zoe be the long-sought answer to a mother's prayers? Brandi Rarus was just 6 when spinal meningitis took away her hearing. Because she spoke well and easily adjusted to lip reading, she was mainstreamed at school and socialized primarily in the hearing community. Brandi was a popular and happy teen, but communication-and being fully part of every conversation-was an ongoing struggle. In college, Brandi embraced Deaf Culture along with the joys of complete and effortless communication with her peers. For the first time, being deaf wasn't a handicap; it was a passport to a new and exciting world. Brandi went on to become Miss Deaf America in 1988 and served as a spokesperson for her community. It was during her tenure as Miss Deaf America that Brandi met Tim, a leader of the Gallaudet uprising in support of selecting the school's first deaf president. The two went on to marry and had three hearing boys-the first non-deaf children born in Tim's family in 125 years. Brandi was incredibly grateful to have her happy and healthy family, but she couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing from her life. She had always dreamed she would have a daughter. Little did she know that just across the state line, Zoe was waiting for her. Set against the backdrop of Deaf America, Finding Zoe is an uplifting story of hope, adoption, and everyday miracles."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : BenBella Books, Inc., 2014.
ISBN: 9781940363455
1940363454
Characteristics: 1 online resource (273 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Harris, Gail

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