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Monday, February 27, 2012

Meeting Deaf Girl Amy and Touring the Rochester Area

Fabulous Husband recently stated he had a four day weekend coming up and asked if I would like to go meet Deaf Girl Amy Sargent. He remembered I mentioned that I would love to have an opportunity to meet her. She wrote a fabulous book I wish had been available when I first started going deaf. (For more information about Amy's book "The Survival Guide for New Deafies".


I sent a message to Amy and asked if she was available and would like to meet for lunch somewhere. She graciously accepted and we had a lovely time meeting for lunch and dinner. We met her fabulous husband Arthur and had a lovely time all together.

Amy was a delightful hostess and tour guide. She took us first to a very hip health food store so I could pick up some recommended vitamins, then we went up to Lake Ontario. The lake itself reminded me a great deal of the Pacific Ocean and the beach near where I used to live before I moved to Pennsylvania.

From Lake Ontario, Amy took us to Fairport, also known as one of the 100 best places to live in America. It is a lovely, quaint little town along the Erie Canal. Oh, we also got to visit the Erie Canal. Amy's sister has a  delightful "Book-tique" on the block adjacent to the canal. Our son found an interesting book to read while he was browsing in the "man cave" section of the store.

While we were in the Rochester, New York area, Fabulous Husband took us to see Rochester Institute for the Deaf., and the gallery inside the National Technology Institute for the Deaf. There is a self portrait in the lobby gallery of the recently deceased deaf artist, Chuck Baird.

Rochester and her outlaying areas are extremely friendly, especially deaf friendly. While Amy and I were signing at lunch, even the waitress joined in signing! The person at the health food store knew only one sign (thank you) she was signing it to us as we were leaving. People were genuinely very warm, open and friendly.  Amy and Arthur's hospitality are a reflection of the friendliness of the area. We're looking forward to visiting again when the weather is warmer.

Enjoy these few photos and be sure to check the links at the bottom of the post for more information and  more photos.

We also stumbled upon a Greek Orthodox Macedonian Church in the middle of nowhere. They kindly invited Fabulous husband in to meet the priest. The priest was kind enough to give Fabulous Husband a personal tour of the exquisite interior. I'll post the link to view those at the bottom of this post.

Another pleasant surprise was the gorgeous Buddhist Temple and garden.

You can find out more about Amy's book "The Survival Guide for New Deafies" here: http://deafgirlamy.com/buy-the-book.html

And you can check out Fabulous Husband's photos of our trip to Rochester, New York here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hipfotoguy/
There are photos posted of the George Eastman mansion, the Erie Canal, the interior of the Macedonian Church and other points of interests.


  1. I'm glad you all enjoyed yourself. Thanks for sharing. Lovely photos too.

  2. Wonderful that you met Amy and toured Rochester. I met several great people from that area when I traveled with Discovering Deaf Worlds last year. Their headquarters is in Rochester.

  3. I'm hoping to meet up with more of our bloggers and Tweeps in the future. Rochester is lovely, and if it weren't so cold, we would consider moving there. My old body doesn't handle these Northern or Eastern winters well at all.