Listening in Silence

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

The world in which Remy Glock lives every day of her life... but, while it may be silent, this teenager is anything but quiet.

"It's been hard. I've never taken the easy way out in life. I've been going to speech therapy school since I was one. So... it's kind of hard because I miss all the gossip around me, but that's a good thing because it makes me more focused in class."

Remy is extremely focused, rising to the top of her classes.
She began lip reading at a young age and learning words without sounds.
Her mother used to sit in class with her as a young child and they would re-learn everything after-school.

Sue Vaughn, Remy's AP Literature teacher, says the time and effort is recognized.
"She has a significant disability and it's ok. She has excelled just like every other kid."

But, unlike every other kid, Remy doesn't pick up what's said around her easily.
She says iit has taken years of very hard work to be at the level she is academically.
She does have a little help thanks to Jean Irwin, an aide who types nearly everything said by the teacher and most of the side comments as well.

"So, if there are comments made beside like, 'Did you watch Survivor last night? Yeah, I can't believe it was so stupid.' I write that down... so, I don't broker for them what they will hear or won't hear."

Remy knows others are watching, she says, but it's ok... she is ready to show them what she can do.
"I think they learn that nobody can be different. Everybody's unique and there's nothing to stop you. So, I think it's a great thing that everybody has differences, so we can learn from each other."


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