Barry was so gracious with his time, and so patient with our conversation via an interpreter. Barry was born deaf, into a hearing family. Nobody advocated for him to learn sign language, or taught him how to communicate, so for many years his only form of communication was writing, body language, and oral language/reading lips. Even these things were difficult without a common language. His teachers preferred he lip read because it was more convenient for them. All this led to communication being a very frustrating, and often lonely experience for him. He shared, "It was hard. I had problems communicating with everyone, and struggled even understanding why I couldn't hear. In school, everything went over my head and it was all very frustrating. Then, at the age of 12 I took a sign language class in school and my whole world changed. Suddenly, I could understand the world, and I felt connected." Barry is happily married to a "beautiful woman" who is also deaf. They meet at a house party and he said he excitedly shared that he "loved her at first sight." They have 3 hearing children who are fluent in ASL. Sign language changed Barry's entire life and truly opened up his world. For him sign language is "beautiful and pleasing." He enjoys camping, fishing, and motorcycles, and is "happy to live, happy for the future, and excited to become a grandpa in a week." .
Key to happiness: Being a Christlike person and family. .
Advice: Be nice to others and be a good example. Teach your hearing children about the deaf. That's important to the deaf community.
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