Cookie, a deaf black woman wearing glasses, sits in an office with whitewashed brick walls with white leather couches behind her. She smiles.
Cookie’s Story: Importance of being Part of a Community
Cookie signs in American Sign Language.
I transferred to so many different high schools and that was when I was at Illinois School for the Deaf, I felt like I could use my leadership skills to invite the community and bring people together.
This way we could all make significant life altering changes.
I just love socializing with people, at one point I was president of four different clubs.
It was cool because I got to interact with different kinds of people in each club.
That high school really gave me a sense of belonging and helped me to realize I could do anything I want, anything!
Really, I wanted to give back to the community using my experiences.
I can understand children with additional disabilities because I myself have additional disabilities, so I wanted to give back in that way.
That’s when I began to consider either teaching or some type of counseling position.
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Next to it, three logos appear. The first reads “IDEAs that Work” with an arrow drawing a circle from “IDEAs” to “Work” and the words “U.S. Office of Special Education Programs”. The second logo shows a red-and-blue star with text next to it that reads “TA&D”. The third logo shows a blue circle around a tree. In the blue circle are the words “U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.”
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