According to Oscar Cohen, head of the Lexington School for the Deaf for 35 years and a CODA from the Traditionalist/Silent Generation, if two CODAs are in a crowded room together they do not need words to find each other and whenever people ask him what was it like to have deaf parents, he simply says, “what was it like to have hearing parents?” Touché. “When I was a kid in the Bronx, there was no phone in our house. I would go to the candy store with my mother to use the payphone and call her friends with hearing children to set up a playdate.” Now CODAs and their deaf parents can simply text or hit the FaceTime button.


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