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When Jon Urquhart, a 2016 alumnus of Gardner-Webb University, meets people for the first time, and he tells them about his Deafblind father, they are naturally intrigued. The question he’s usually asked is, “What was it like growing up with a father who is Deafblind?” His response stems from equal curiosity, “What is it like growing up with a dad who isn’t Deafblind?”
Urquhart shared, “Having a Deafblind father was my typical. Growing up, I never understood my dad had a dual sensory disability, that was just the way he was. One misconception is that all CODAs (Child of Deaf Adults) know that they are a CODA and have accepted their identity within the Deaf and hearing communities. However, I didn’t realize I was a CODA myself until I entered Gardner- Webb and met other CODAs.”
Boiling Springs, NC
deafblind, CODA, sign language interpreting, social media
Office of University Communications, "Alumnus Uses Social Media Platform to Educate and Advocate for Deafblind Community" (2020). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 2143.