Saturday, January 30, 2016

My Own Capacity

People who know me know my passion lies in language acquisition, prevention of language delays/deprivation, and literacy. I was a co-founder of Alliance for Language and Literacy for Deaf Children (ALL for Deaf Children) in the 1990s to provide families with opportunities to interact with other families with Deaf children and thus creating a small village.

I seem to have skills in assessing issues and determining how we can and should fix the inequalities or inequities. I feel blessed to have an ability to write about such issues and have people understand what I am trying to say. I also have some cross-cultural skills that enable me to understand the other points of views.

Internet is probably the best resource I have at my fingertips! Other resources I have at my disposal are other equally passionate advocates who share my vision for healthy language development for all Deaf children. We boost and support each other’s advocacy work.

I need to develop patience and realization that nothing happens overnight. I also need to become more focused on smaller objectives and getting them accomplished. Ultimately, those small objectives will accomplish the major goal.


  1. Marla,
    Having equally passionate people connect with you in times of celebration is an amazing thing. I feel like if you desire to seek knowledge in a certain areas you indeed will learn and if you refuse to broaden your knowledge you will be ignorant. I love sharing information learned with others that I encounter.

  2. Cross cultural skills are so important! I often wish I would have continued to learn Spanish in college so I could better help the Spanish speaking population.
    And I also agree that it is important to realize that nothing happens over night. I tend to struggle with this myself!

  3. Marla,
    Your passion of language acquisition and prevention of delays can been observed just by reading your post, I can feel your emotions through your words. I believe that you advocating for any kind of organization that supports this passion will be a wonderful experience for you.