Imagine never hearing a baby laugh or a bird sing or the words, "I love you." Imagine never hearing a single song. The world may be a cacophonous place at times, but there's no question that sound makes life richer.
Hearing loss is more common than you might think. According to Stats Canada, 2.9 million Canadians experience some form of hearing impairment—equivalent to one in ten. And with around three of every 1,000 babies born with some degree of hearing impairment, it's one of the most common disabilities in children. For a condition so prevalent, we still have a long way to go when it comes to awareness.
Remember how three-year-old Grayson (watch below) reacted upon hearing his father's voice for the first time? It's a holy grail that Wendy Kupfer has spent the past 30 years chasing.
The award-winning children’s book author knows firsthand about the challenges and triumphs of raising a child with a hearing impairment. After all, doctors once predicted that Kupfer's 10-month-old daughter would never speak. Today, her daughter has grown into a happy chatterbox who holds a Masters degree and works with deaf and disabled clients.
Not only does “Let’s Hear It for Almigal” boost self-esteem in children with hearing impairments, it fosters a sense of understanding and acceptance of all kids with disabilities. Kupfer is generously donating 5% of book sales to organizations that support children with hearing loss and their families.
And we're giving away an autographed copy of Let's Hear It for Almigal! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me why you want your child to read it. You have until 7 August 2013 to enter. You must be a YMC member and please be sure you've registered your email address in our commenting system so we can contact you if you win.
Yummy Rules and Regs: You must be a YummyMummyClub.ca member to win. Click to sign up! It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until August 7, 2013. Contest open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Winners will be picked using www.random.org. See full contest rules.