At Child’s Voice, we love to stay in touch with our alumni. We thank our alumni for taking their time to share their stories with us and we are so lucky and proud to have you as a part of the Child’s Voice family! One of our amazing alumni is Matthew Chau and we are pleased to share his story.IMG_7470

When Matthew was born, his parents did not know he was deaf until his mother realized that he was not responding to her call. After many visits to the doctor, Matthew’s parents decided that receiving a cochlear implant was the best option for their son. The Chau family packed up their bags and made a courageous move from their home in Virginia, to Chicago, where Matthew would receive his surgery for a cochlear implant and have the opportunity to attend Child’s Voice. In 2001, Matthew entered the School Program at Child’s Voice at the age of 4.

“Child’s Voice has given Matthew a voice. We will never forget Child’s Voice, from Dr. Wilkins and all teachers. It has given Matthew an excellent foundation to help him become who he is today… Thank you Child’s Voice!” said Dennis Chau, Matthew’s father.

Matthew, Class of 2005, graduated from Child’s Voice when he was eight years old, and began to be mainstreamed into school. He knew he had great challenges to overcome, but he set aside his nerves and fears and persevered.

Matthew attended high school at St. Charles East High School in St. Charles, Illinois, where he made many friends, joined the volleyball team, the Key Club and the DECA Business Club. He was also a member of the Virtual International Enterprise and the National Honor Business Society. Matthew was a part of the Peer Leadership Program in which he helped incoming freshman get acclimated to their new high school. Matthew worked at the Hotel Baker as a Bellman and also had a marketing internship with a non-profit organization.

With so much accomplished, Matthew graduated this past spring (Class of 2016) with a 4.6 GPA. This upcoming fall, Matthew will become a freshman at Illinois State University, majoring in marketing and finance. Go Redbirds!

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“Thanks to Child’s Voice’s, I was taught how to use appropriate verbal and listening skills. These skills help prepare me to socialize with people, not only socially, but when I enter the business world,” Matthew said.

Thank you, Matthew, and the rest of the Child’s Voice Alumni for continuing to share your stories! A reminder to all our graduates to send us your story – you could be next month’s feature! We love to hear from you! Click here to email the staff at Child’s Voice to share your alumni success story!