My good friend Sap sent me this Ted Talk, and I can't even tell you how much I loved it.
The talk really got me to thinking about my Grandfather, who is deaf and has been from a young age. He has an amazing spirit, and is very kind, thoughtful, and funny - however, I've always wondered about how his life would be better and how the depth of our relationship could grow were he to be able to hear. Yet, Andrew Solomun makes a great point: everyone has their own culture, in many cases because of their unique differences-- and they don't want to be "cured," per se, they want to be accepted for who they are.
When it comes down to it, isn't that true for all of us? We want to be embraced for who we are at our core, not 'fixed' and freed from our flaws. What makes us different brings light to all of the beauty around us, and teaches profound lessons in acceptance. One size does not fit all.
And as Andrew put it, "diversity of family strengthens the eco-system of kindness."