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In her story, The Whisper Test, Mary Ann Bird writes: “I grew up knowing I was different, and I hated it. I was born with a cleft palate, and when I started school, my classmates made it clear to me how I looked to others: a little girl with a misshapen lip, crooked nose, lopsided teeth, and garbled speech.  When schoolmates asked, ‘What happened to your lip?’ I’d tell them I’d fallen and cut it on a piece of glass. Somehow it seemed more acceptable to have suffered an accident than to have been born different . . . I was convinced that no one outside my family could love me.  There was, however, a teacher in the second grade whom we all adored.  Her name was Mrs. Leonard.  She was a short, round, happy, sparkling lady. Every year we had a hearing test.  Mrs. Leonard gave the test…

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