Comments from LISTEN students over the years…

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I believe that learning to hear and speak opened up so many doors for me. Society is a funny thing: it seems you have to learn to adapt to it, not adapt it to you. That is why I feel it is so important to learn to function in the hearing world as much as possible, and at times help is required from a few. I hope that the people who determine our chances also learn to listen to our pleas of having the opportunities to make our own choices and become independent individuals. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak on the most valued thing in my life.
Vanessa, junior, Int’l, Baccalaureate High School.  Profoundly hearing impaired.

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I’m a 15 year old profoundly deaf girl. I am a freshman at Shorewood High School. I am oral. I thank my parents for choosing to make me be oral rather than learning sign language because I realize I can talk to anybody I want to. I can understand more people. The best thing about being oral is to have people treat me like a normal person. Learning how to talk is really hared and tough but it’s worth a lot to my life and my future.
Michelle, freshman, regular high school. Profoundly hearing impaired.

When I was born and the doctors had diagnosed my hearing loss, the doctor explained to my parents that I would never survive the “hearing” world and must be placed in an institution and learn to communicate by sign language. My mother, in her right mind, objected to this and sacrificed nearly all her time to teach me to listen and to speak with my hearing aids. It was tough at first because I had no concept of hearing as well as a blind person had no concept of seeing. It took my mother months and months to get me to speak and I finally spoke. Then again, it took me years and years for me to have perfect speech and I’m still working on it as I excelled in my academics in public schools.
Ryan, freshman, C.U.-Boulder. Profoundly hearing impaired.
I feel privileged to have the education that I have had – an education which enabled me to grow and flourish in the hearing world. I have been mainstreamed all my life, and I was able to take advantage of some wonderful opportunities. While I was in Cherry Creek High School I participated in the Speech and Debate program, nationally recognized for its large size and topnotch quality. In such an environment, I got lots of practice and competition, which made me a better debater and a more confident public speaker.
Jason, graduate, Amherst College, student, Boston University School of Medicine. Very severely hearing impaired.

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