My life adventures began in 1933 during the period of the Great Depression. You will learn of the hardships families were facing and what was happening in both the Deaf and the Hearing Worlds at that particular time. As time passes, each section enumerates the progress that has been made in both worlds. Imagine Deaf persons denied the right to drive a car, denied employment, and unable to obtain life insurance. Imagine a life without television, fax machines, computers, iPhones, and iPads.

Those times when I was acting as a liaison between my parents and people in the Hearing World, I witnessed my folks experiencing prejudice and bearing sarcasm, ridicule, and blatant abuse. Those skirmishes with the real world made me grow up fast. In fact, I often think that I skipped childhood altogether! My dad once told me he hoped that, as an adult, I would advocate for the Deaf community and educate Hearing folks about the Deaf and their signed language. In retrospect, I realize my father’s plea set me on a path to fulfill his dream, and to do so has been my lifelong quest.

Through a series of unusual opportunities, I entered the University of Chicago when I turned fourteen and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at eighteen. It was there that I met my husband-to-be.

We soon married, and I took a break from the Deaf World to enter the Hearing World as wife and mother. When my youngest child began kindergarten, I achieved my childhood dream and became an elementary school teacher, teaching in the suburban Chicago school system for twenty-four years. In every class, I included information about the Deaf, and every student learned a few useful signs.

When retirement arrived, my husband and I quit our jobs and moved to live near my folks who had retired to Florida years earlier. There, I returned to my first love--the Deaf World--and began a new career in deafness as a professional sign language interpreter and teacher of continuing education classes in signing. My interpreting jobs included stage performances, weddings, court cases, and religious services, to name a few.

I am still busy today through this website, inviting people to read my memoir. As you can see, I am on a mission to educate the public about the Deaf minority in our midst. Even with the Americans with Disabilities Act so long in place, persons who are Deaf are still victims of insults and abuse, or they're simply ignored. I hope my memoir instills understanding and respect for all persons who are Deaf as well as knowledge about interpreting and insights into other related subjects. As my dad used to say, "We Deaf are not dumb! We just have a different language."

On January 1, 2023, I published an eBook for the mothers of young schoolchildren who are unhappy with the revolutionary new curriculum being followed by the public schools. My book offers them an alternative to surrendering their children to be indoctrinated with ideas contrary to their family values. You can read more on the "My New Book" tab.

Ruth Reppert