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Hao Wen went on to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Now, she works as a CAD (computer-aided design) designer for the family business. She recently married her college sweetheart, Steven Glass, who is a deaf man from Alabama. We stay in contact with Hao Wen via e-mail and still see her on occasion.
Hao Wen’s First Day Babysitting Miranda
Hao Wen also recollected the first day of being our babysitter and what our daughter Miranda was like when she first met her:
Inventing Instant Messaging
Believe it or not, I invented instant messaging. It happened when I bought a second-hand Macintosh computer from my office to go along with the Classic II that I already had at home. I set the two computers up on the same desk. When I turned them on and opened the word processing applications the first few times Hao Wen came over to look after the children I’m sure she thought I was crazy. I communicated with Hao Wen by typing words on one computer screen while she typed on the other, taking turns to look over at each other’s screens. Why did I resort to this expensive, high-tech “solution?” I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my signing skills and was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to communicate effectively. Fortunately, I soon developed enough expressive and receptive skills that my two-Mac electronic instant messaging idea was mothballed. I wonder if all those in the Deaf community using instant messaging realize they owe a small debt of gratitude to moi?!
For several years, depending on her schedule, Hao Wen babysat Miranda and Terence. We wanted Terence to know how to communicate with his sister, so it was important for him to be exposed to a deaf signer as well. Hao Wen was quite fond of him, describing Terence as “shy and sweet.” Terence liked Hao Wen as well and she became a part of our family. We enjoyed her company so much and we learned a great deal about deafness from our daily contact with her.
We were extraordinarily lucky to have Hao Wen come into our lives when she did, and our luck with finding great Deaf role models would continue after we enrolled Miranda into the Happy Hands preschool at the BRCD.