Hard of hearing herself, Buchholz frequently leads American Sign Language classes for the refugees, a task that is made more challenging because many of the refugees are often illiterate in English. Debbie Buchholz runs a program for deaf refugees out of her Olathe church.
Debbie Buchholz — pastor of a church for the deaf and mother of seven adult children, four of whom are deaf or hard of hearing — parked her SUV up along the circle drive of her Olathe home.
They’re So, on a recent Tuesday, Buchholz headed out. “We watched a show on ‘20/20’ 30 years ago, literally 30 years ago,” Buchholz said. Two adopted daughters came later, one at the age of about 10 and the other at age 8. Many in the refugee camps don’t know their birthdays, often choosing the same default date when they get to the U. “They all say their birthday is January 1,” Buchholz said.
“They had a show on orphanages in Eastern Europe that had special-needs children. Certainly in her early 20s, Sin Sin arrived with her parents and two sisters from Myanmar about two and a half years ago.
“I had one adult refugee taken out of one family due to abuse,” Keck said. “So, in Nepal, we have trees,” he began about the monkeys. And they would take it, and they would take it out of our tents and our camp in Nepal and they would take it away and they ate it.
On the other hand, she said, she has seen deaf refugees blossom once they begin to learn basic sign language. And the elephants would come and they would take my bed.