HEARING IMPAIRED PEN PALS
Now a college graduate, Rachel has been around the world volunteering for the Peace Corps, a position she was initially denied for because of her hearing loss. Rachel advocated for her ability to join the Peace Corps and states that has been one of the best decisions of her life!
Read more about Rachel's inspiring story here.
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Have you ever dreamed of traveling to far away places, somewhere so different from where you were raised? Do you feel that your hearing loss limits you or keeps you from exploring your dreams? Meet mentor Rachel Chaikoff! I met Rachel and her mother many years ago at the Auditory Verbal Center of Atlanta, her family has been a great resource to mine over the years. Rachel was diagnosed with a hearing loss at a very young age, she is a true advocate and a great mentor!
Riley is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience. Born profoundly deaf, Riley was not diagnosed with hearing loss until she was nine months old as there was no mandatory newborn hearing screening in her state at the time. Riley received her first cochlear implant when she was 18 months old and the other when she was 6 years old. Riley credits her listening success to the long hours of listening therapy and the hard work her family devoted to her hearing in her early years. She states that "Getting cochlear implants was the best decision my parents made for me and that she could not be more thankful for the life I have today!" Riley is excited to help others navigate their hearing loss.
Hippkids, are you struggling with adapting to a new school? Are you unsure of how to address your hearing loss and your needs to your teachers, or worrying about an upcoming transition to high school or college? Do you just have questions about living with a hearing loss? It is important to understand your rights and to advocate for yourself as a person with a disability, but it can often be difficult to find the proper resources or person to ask. One of the greatest resources for my parents and my sister was to meet other families at hearing loss conferences that we attended. Often it was these one time opportunities to connect with other families and older hearing impaired children that helped my sister through hard times.
Realizing this, I have developed a unique mentoring service that connects you with college students and young adults from around the world who have all been in your shoes. Our mentors can answer your questions about how they addressed issues relating to their hearing loss, share trusted resources, and equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate life's transitions. If you are interested in being connected with a mentor, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org