My husband and I are in the process of adopting two little girls from Uganda. We're still trying to make sure we're ready to parent the older girl, Jane. She is nearly two, is HIV+ and is profoundly deaf. We've learned lots about HIV+ adoption and are ready for this, but feel unprepared for a child who is deaf.
One of our biological sons had a hearing loss so we've been through the routine at our children's hospital clinic and speech therapy, although his hearing improved a lot around age two. Jane's hearing loss is due to her mother's advanced AIDS during pregnancy. We're thinking she would be a good candidate for cochlear implants, but recognize our family will also need to learn ASL and to figure out out to communicate with this special little girl.
Any thoughts? What do we need to consider going into this?