Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dear Deaf Community...

Welcome to our community...

Introducing the CI CIRCLE WEBSITE AND BLOG...resources created by parents for parents.

I was welcomed into your community as the hearing parent of a deaf child who wears a cochlear implant, and I have learned so much from your posts and comments. I am proud to give you a greater glimpse of our community, so that you realize that Jordan's story is only one of many, many others.

Six days, this took six days to create by means of internet, a hundred emails a day, across the globe... Congratulations to Naomi, Val and Lydia...I was just a cheerleader.




PS. THESE are the things that excite me. *smile*


Debbie said...

Jodi, you are a force of nature. You have always been. Even in high school -- although I don't think I knew what that was in high school. In hindsight, I can truly say that you always were and you always will be.

I am on the periphery of your life, but I can appreciate how incredibly proactive you are in all aspects. There doesn't seem to be a moment of sitting on your ass watching it all happen around you, but a real fire to get it done.

I am a huge fan! xo

VBnBama said...

First of all this was your big idea I do believe and you did a tremendous amount of work! Naomi can sure crack a whip (smile)but I learned so much from Lydia too! She's knows so much about this stuff, I had never even worked with slides before. I'm very pleased w/how it all turned out. Thank you and hey, it's great being a cheerleader too!

Lydia said...

Thanks for the cheerleader picture! :-) Jodi -- I don't think it would've happened with out you. Truth be told, I almost sat the whole thing out, worrying it might interfere with the good things about the cicircle yahoo group. But I am so pleased with how it came out, though more importantly, on having had the pleasure of working on it together with you and Val!! Val -- people LOVE the slideshow! It's the centerpiece of all the work!! Great job.

K.L. said...

This is a resource to be proud of. You ladies did an excellent job. I had been thinking for a while that we needed a place where all the new parents could find answers to the FAQ stuff. And then here it is. Perfect. Thanks for all your hard work. It is much appreciated.

Unknown said...

Thank you, all about fire here. You...were a force of nature in high school, as well. My fondest memory is from the exchange when we learned that you and Poli exchanged portfolio shots...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. Will NEVER forget that! U were one crazy chick...and you are an EXCEPTIONAL mother. I, too, am a, Jodi

Unknown said...

Val and Lydia...I have been so smiling all day....thank you so much for being the badasses u r.

K.L. You are the woman, too.

Anonymous said...

Awesome, Jodi!

I'll be surfin around in there.


mishkazena said...


I knew about the establishment of this site and was looking forward to it. Now we can hear more about how the deaf kids with cochlear implants are doing.

Thanks Jodi, Naomi, Val and Lydia

Anonymous said...

Wonderful.....I think it's reliable information to make the parents of CI children to share this information internationally.

It'll make the CyberCIkids to reach into the rich world.....

Perhaps....the professionals from all of the world can help underprivilege adults with hearing loss kids who cannot afford to obtain the CIs. It'll make a huge difference.

That's great! Congratulations!

BTW....Your son, Jordan loves American-Italian Stallions! Oh boy! That's beautiful horses!

White Ghost

Dianrez said...

Congratulations on gathering a database for parents to study!

I'd also like to see another one for CI people to openly express their experiences and problem solving tactics without prejudice from both sides of the camp.

Somewhere in the middle of all this, I'll be looking for a picture of the future Deaf Community and getting a feel for how deeply (or not) the CI has affected them.

Unknown said...

Thank you, girls. *smile*
Still walking around's quite a feeling to be a part of all of this try-to-make-a-difference stuff.

diber said...

It's nice that there's a website. I was wondering if I could make a suggestion. I think CI circle is a great idea, but I HATE going there, because the Yahoo group format is really frustrating. Has anyone ever thought of converting CICircle to a proper CMS? like Drupal or something? It would be so much easier to use.

Sorry, don't mean to be a wet blanket.