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. Deaf child of Deaf adults are called doda or Deaf family.
About ninety percent of Deaf parents' children are hearing. Only five to ten percent of deaf children are born to Deaf parents. That is, about 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing 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 (also bilingual-bicultural for Deaf of Deaf parents).
"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 fabulous 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, PhD (one of the authors of a book, A Journey into the Deaf-World) 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.
The Russian actress and coda Alla Kliouka Schaffer won the Green Apple Award for the Best Actress in 1995 at Russian Academy Award.
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