Over the years, many of my deaf and hard of hearing students will
say , " Hi" to someone at school and tell me that person is their friend. However, they have no idea of that person's name nor have they ever done anything together. That bothers me. Sure, the student is happy to have someone to say ," hi!" to in the halls, but that is not real friendship. I think all kids deserve to learn how to make friends and keep friends. Best Buddies is one organization that has regular Ed kids come together with special Ed kids and have get togethers and outings. I think that is great. I wrote Forever Friends so kids with hearing loss would realize they are special, too. I wanted kids with typical hearing to see that kids with hearing loss are special, too, and that they could be friends together.
I think it is the job of parents and teachers to explain what a friend is, how to make a friend and how to keep a friend. What does friend mean to you?