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Celebrating vibrant children of Deaf parents

A coda refers to a child of deaf adults (parents). This term can be referred to both hearing and deaf children of Deaf parents, but it's commonly referred to hearing children of Deaf parents.

About ninety percent of hearing children are born to Deaf parents. Conversely, about 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents. Only five to ten percent of deaf children are born to Deaf parents.

Hearing codas are known as a third culture, growing up in both worlds of hearing and deaf as well as often being bilingual and bicultural (same true for Deaf of Deaf parents).

Celebrating Mother Father Deaf Day

"Mother Father Deaf Day" honors Deaf parent(s) of hearing and deaf children, celebrating on the last Sunday of April since 1994 (designated by the organization, Children of Deaf Adults). This celebration recognizes the gifts of culture and language passed from generation to generation.

Many Deaf parents have raised wonderful bilingual-bicultural hearing and deaf children. They are neat parents.

"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known." -- Chuck Palahniuk, an American novelist and freelance journalist.

Robert Hoffmeister is a coda. He grew up on campus at the American School for the Deaf where both of his parents worked there as teachers in Hartford, Connecticut. He had an unique opportunity to have some school experience there, where most hearing codas grew up in a public school.

Hoffmeister received a PhD from University of Minnesota, specializing in Psychology, Language, and Deaf Studies. He is one of the authors of a book, A Journey into the Deaf-World.