Communications & Parenting Issues in Families with Deaf Parents and Hearing Children by Kerri Clark. April 23, 2003 “Mother father deaf” is a phrase commonly used in the deaf community to identify a hearing child of deaf parents. Statistics show that over 90% of all deaf parents have hearing children, referred to as CODA’s (children of deaf adults.) These are families that bridge the divide between the hearing and deaf worlds, thus facing unique communication and parenting challenges. Link
The Girl on Two Chairs by Olga Svensson Richter, is a different and unique narrative about a hearing child growing up with deaf parents. We get introduced to the girl called Olga who sets out on a long journey from the 1950s to the present, a childhood in which she experiences success and adversity such as society’s ignorance about and bad attitude to the Deaf.
Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World by Leah H. Cohen. This portrait of New York’s Lafayette School for the Deaf is not just a work of journalism. It is also a memoir, since Leah Hager Cohen grew up on the school’s campus and her father is its superintendent. As a hearing person raised among the deaf, Cohen appreciates both the intimate textures of that silent world and the gulf that separates it from our own.
A Loss for Words: The Story of Deafness in a Family by Lou Ann Walker. From the time she was a toddler, Lou Ann Walker was the ears and voice for her deaf parents. Their family life was warm and loving, but outside the home, they faced a world that misunderstood and often rejected them.
In This Sign by Joanne Greenberg. The story of deaf couple, their hearing daughter, and their struggles through life.
Mother Father Deaf: Living Between Sound and Silence by Paul Preston. “Mother father deaf” is the phrase commonly used within the Deaf community to refer to hearing children of deaf parents. These children grow up between two cultures, the Hearing and the Deaf. The author is one of these children, and in this book based on 150 interviews, he takes us to the place where Deaf and Hearing cultures meet.
My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood With Deafness by Lennard J. Davis. The author tells what his childhood was like growing up a hearing child with deaf parents.
The Silents by Charlotte Abrams. The hearing daughter of deaf parents presents a memoir about growing up in a close-knit, community-minded Jewish family in Chicago during the Depression and World War II, a time during which her mother began to go blind.