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Author who wrote book about deaf girl will have event in Medina on Saturday

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 10 April 2019 at 12:02 pm

Amy Crockford

MEDINA – After the successful completion of her first book, My Happy Place, during Deaf Awareness Month in September 2018, deaf author Amy Crockford of Akron will celebrate her book with a signing at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Book Shoppe, 519 Main St.

My Happy Place is about Amy, a deaf 10-year-old who loves to swim and play with her friends. Her friends learn a valuable lesson about deafness and they come up with a way to embrace it. Amy, too, learns the true meaning of friendship.

Crockford is an American sign language professor at several colleges in Western New York, including Genesee Community College in Medina and Batavia, Niagara University, Erie County Community College and Buffalo State College. She also previously taught for five years at Brockport State College.

My Happy Place, a 28-page book, features the adventures of a 10-year-old girl who is deaf.

The author was born and raised in Schenectady. Born three months prematurely, she was given medicine to fight off illness, which caused permanent hearing loss.

“I have been wearing hearing aids since the age of 3,” Crockford said.

She has been an American sign language professor for the last nine years.

Crockford earned her master’s in education in student affairs administration from the University of Buffalo and her bachelor of arts in communication from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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