If you need a little pick-me-up, I suggest reading this great profile of 14-year-old Holly Marschke in the NY Times. Deaf since birth, Holly attended mainstream schools through middle school, at which point she switched to the New York School for the Deaf-Fanwood at the age of 12 (the article hints that perhaps her hearing peers were not so kind as they approached the teen years).
When the girl’s basketball team at her school folded – because most of the girls wanted to switch to cheerleading – Holly gracefully shifted to the boy’s team. Since then she’s been known simply as No. 34. She’s not “a novelty,” she’s not “the girl player,” she’s not “the deaf girl player.” She’s just No. 34. Sometimes inclusion can happen in ways you couldn’t anticipate, with outcomes better than you could imagine.
Holly’s been playing basketball since she was four, and has no intention of stopping any time soon. Way to go, Holly! You’re an inspiration to all of us.
“I’m never going to give up on basketball,” Holly said, with her mother serving as her sign-language interpreter. “I want to be famous.”