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'We Can't Hear But We Can Listen,' Say Graduating Deaf Students in Mexico

Agencia EFE
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July 4, 2016
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They don't hear anything but feel everything - between applause, eight young Mexican students with hearing defects received their high school diplomas and so became the first inclusive graduating class at Jose Maria Lafragua High School in the Mexican city of Puebla.

"The only thing we can't do is hear, but we can listen," one of the students communicated with sign language during the graduation ceremony.

Lack of hearing has united this group since preschool. "They've been together since they were little - preschool, elementary, high school and now they're graduating. We've seen them all growing up together and we see they can do it," Jose David Lozano Hernandez, father of Karen, one of the graduates, told EFE.

At 17, Karen, deaf since she was 6 years old, acknowledges that it wasn't easy, but it was possible. Her sister is the one who translates the sign language with which this student communicates.

With her diploma in hand, Karen is now ready to start university where she plans to study for a career in graphic design, besides being a master of karate.

"Life is hard, the future is difficult, but we can do it even though we're deaf," she said in an interview with EFE.

Read the rest at Fox News Latino

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