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A Publication about Visual Impairments and Deafblindness for Families and Professionals

TX SenseAbilities - Summer 2017

By Ava Bullis, Student, New Jersey

Abstract: A young author, who is DeafBlind as the result of Usher Syndrome, shares a poem she wrote for a school assignment where she was encouraged to express her abilities in artwork.

Key Words: Family Wisdom, DeafBlind, Usher Syndrome, language arts, disability awareness, self-expression, self-determination

People have many different disabilities.
Do you know their capabilities?
Try and see the friend they can be…
Ask questions. Be kind.
And have an open mind.
Don’t shut the door.
You could be missing out on so much more.
Like all of us, they are a piece in our world.
Like a stitch in a hem.
So be who you are.
And make a new…FRIEND!

A pictur of the author’s name in braille with poem written in the drawing of a cochlear implant.

Image: Title, Behind a Closed Door, and author’s name in braille with poem written in the drawing of a cochlear implant.