​​​SPOILER ALERT: Studies have shown that having only a mild hearing loss can delay reading development skills. Approximately one in five hearing impaired students graduating from high school have reading skills at or below the second grade level; about one in three graduate from high school with reading skills between the second and fourth grade level. It is so important to me to develop foundational reading, writing and literacy skills in hearing impaired children from a young age so we can bridge this gap and make all children successful! It is my hope that hippkids helps in this endeavor!

Hi! I'm Ryan Brady! My interest in starting a pen pal program for hearing impaired children grew out of my love of literature and my desire to bring people together! My sister is hearing impaired, and I grew up witnessing the role that not only language and literature played in her life but also how important it was that she had someone like herself to relate to. The challenges she faced growing up with a hearing loss inspired me to create hippkids so that I may help other hearing impaired children navigate their disability and reach their full potential!

In my free time, I compete on my high school's debate and cross country teams and head my school's Junior State of America chapter. I enjoy all forms of visual art, but especially printmaking! I am very active in my local community as a volunteer, and I love engaging in discussions to enhance my perspective of the world. I am planning on pursuing a career in politics or government, so that I can champion principled policy that betters the world.

If you would like to learn more about me and my interests or see some of my artwork, check out my blog!