Testimonial #1 (Jabrina – Middle School – Hard-of-Hearing)
Jabrina is a Middle School student who is hard-of-hearing. She attends a private school and lives in the dorm. Jabrina states that she feels more independent at her private school verses attending a public school. Her plans for the future include attending college and pursuing a degree in the field of fashion design. The advice she gives to other hard-of-hearing students is to have confidence in yourself and respect other people. The two specific challenges Jabrina mentioned were the drive-through at fast food restaurants and meeting new people. She states the challenge with meeting new people is it is hard for her to understand them, especially if they do not know sign language. Jabrina addresses the issue of communicating with new people by using an interpreter, writing or typing out messages, and texting. Her favorite method is texting due to it is faster to send a message back and forth.
Jabrina appears to have a wonderful spirit and attitude towards the challenges of being hard-of-hearing. She seems to be coping well with her challenges by using technology, sign language, and interpreters. In addition, Jabrina keeps a full time schedule at school, along with social activities after school. In my previous employment, I encountered two students who were both hard-of-hearing. They each used lip reading as their main method of communicating along with gesturing. The students were very positive, and like Jabrina, both students had goals of attending college.
Testimonal #2 (Julian – High School Senior – Deaf)
Julian is a High School Senior who is deaf. He has been mainstreamed in school since second grade. T...
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I found Ashley to be completely amazing. I admire her determination and the success she has achieved academically, professionally, socially, and personally. Ashley has overcome the challenges of being deaf-blind with her determination to succeed. She stated that when she was young she thought that when she was older she would be without friends, family, or any support. She felt as though she was going to be very isolated. The solution to this challenge was to stay determined to succeed, obtain a college degree, and be successful. Ashley wants people to know the only difference between her and others is the way she communicates; as long as she has access to technology, interpreters, and other accommodations, then she can do anything. I have not personally encountered a deaf-blind person, but found Ashley to be truly remarkable in her accomplishments.
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