Thankful for a Family Impact
At Child’s Voice, our Programs work to support the parents and families as well as the students in our Programs. We recently received this email from a graduate’s sister. When a child has hearing loss, the impact reaches beyond just that child and Courtney shares her experience below.
“My name is Courtney and I am currently a junior in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Illinois State University. I am reaching out to you specifically because I hope to become a Speech-Language Pathologist who works with children who have a hearing loss once I graduate.
Both of my sisters were born with Usher Syndrome (Click here for more on Usher Syndrome), which means they are profoundly deaf and are slowly losing their vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Cochlear implants are a miracle to our family because they have given the girls the ability to hear bilaterally and develop beautiful spoken language. They grew up oral-deaf and one of them attended therapy at Child’s Voice while she was young. They are both fully mainstreamed in our public school system and do not rely on interpreters.
Your organization has brought wonderful things to my family. My sisters’ success is the reason I am pursuing a career as an SLP. They are my inspiration and I am so excited to one day be able to help children and families who are in a similar situation to mine.”
Thank you for sharing your experience Courtney! We wish you and your sisters all the success! Please keep us posted on our journey!