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A Loss for Words: The Story of Deafness in a Family Short Essay - Answer Key

Lou Ann Walker
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1. What did Lou Ann feel that she and her family were to the rest of the world?

Lou Ann felt that she and her family were outsiders to the rest of the world. Their family was different in the fact that her parents were deaf. That made Lou Ann feel like they were immigrants in a strange land.

2. How did Lou Ann view deafness?

Lou Ann viewed deafness as an invisible handicap. Since it wasn't a handicap that could be easily seen most people felt uncomfortable dealing with the deaf. Another problem with it being invisible was that the deaf were cast aside as being incapable of many things, which was not the case for most deaf people.

3. What role did Lou Ann play in her parents' lives as a child?

The role that Lou Ann played as a child for her parents was the role of interpreter and caregiver. Lou Ann handled most of their business transactions and appointments. She was responsible for all the things in their public lives that they could not handle themselves.

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