Re: Deaf members
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2021 10:53:16 -0700 (PDT)
After I had been living in cohousing for about 2 years, I began to feel like we 
were a whole group of disabled people and what did this portend for cohousing? 
We had multiple levels and types of hearing loss, obesity, hoarding, various 
types of vision loss, two with MS, three heart problems, brain damage, 
stuttering, at least 4 with birth defects, serious allergies, autism spectrum 
disorder, at least 4 with dyslexia, and I’ve forgotten what else.

Ultimately I realized that it was the effect of knowing everyone better, the 
freedom to share such information, and better diagnostics so people could name 
what their condition. Almost all of these would have been invisible in a 
typical neighborhood or workplace.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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