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My name is Matt, and I have lived with profound hearing loss my whole life. I did not receive hearing aids until I was seven years old. It has been a long journey to get to where I am today, but I am still far from being 100%…
Hi, my name is Megan Freeman. I have just graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Management Information Systems. A unique fact about me is that I am deaf. Navigating college was a challenge but I didn’t let that stop me…
My name is Megan Lavin. I am a special education teacher in the Boston Public School system. I am in my 14th year teaching in the Emotional Impairment Strand at the Beethoven School. I have taught 1st grade, 5th grade and presently teach Kindergarten. The population of students I work with struggle with self-regulation. Many of my students also have experienced childhood trauma. We provide these students with a safe, structured, and therapeutic setting where they can learn to love school. ..
Hey readers, I’m Michael Argenyi. I’m now in my 30s and I’m deaf. When I was a mere 8 months old, my parents got the diagnosis and all my life, I was raised to be as independent as possible…
My name is Naomi Ridge, and I live with my husband and two sons (ages 11 and 13) in Watertown, Massachusetts. Since the fall of 2015 I have been losing mobility due to Multiple Sclerosis, and now use a wheelchair to get around outside of my home.
My name is Nerissa and I am co-owner of Commūnicāre, LLC. My team and I work with individuals who have difficulty communicating. We help find different tools and strategies (like iPads, picture communication books, and other systems that empower people to have a voice and to be heard).
Hi there! I am the mom of three children between the ages of 5 and 11 (two of whom also have hearing loss). I was diagnosed with hearing loss as a child. I learned to read lips and depend on reading body language and other social cues in order to understand the world around me. I believe these coping mechanisms allowed me to develop into my current chosen profession as a social worker, since I learned that there are many ways to connect and understand people besides just listening to them speak…
My name is Olivia Swartzentruber, I am twelve years old, and I have Autism. I live in Maine with my Mom and my brother. Some of my hobbies are drawing and acting.
Hi! My name is Peter Hayes and I’m a deaf/ hard of hearing man. I need a Service Dog to help me in my daily life and to help me be more independent. When I’m sleeping, taking a shower, or even when I’m out in public, I often miss sounds.
Imagine a place where you know your neighbor- not just their name, but their parents’ names. Where your child’s teacher comes over for dinner. A present day Mayberry. This is the town of Rossville, Indiana. In a city that is mostly comprised of agricultural industry, the love of animals is something that seems to be innate in our citizens….
All donations to the Starr Fund go toward helping clients who are Deaf, or have hearing loss, reach their fundraising goals. To date, over $17,000 has been raised for clients through the Starr Fund.
Tootsie has been a huge gift to Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor church in Northampton, MA. Our community is a blend of people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and addiction; people living with mental illness; and people seeking a social justice-oriented, progressive church. Our weekly Sunday worship services include a hot, free dinner, insuring that there is a community meal every day of the week. We serve between 80-100 meals each Sunday. During the week we have several gatherings of support and advocacy…
My name is Sumer Gill. Fun fact about me-I am partially deaf. I have been diagnosed with genetic and progressive vestibulocochlear nerve deafening which means I have problems hearing. This is most likely due to a condition that I have, Turners Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that I was born with and that comes with several health problems including; Osteoporosis (brittle bones), a heart murmur (one of my valves is incomplete), hypothyroidism, and of course my hearing issues. My condition has not slowed me down as I am about to finish college with a bachelor degree from Northern Illinois University with plans to continue to graduate school and get my masters soon. In the future, I hope to pursue my career, marry my fiancé, and start a family…
Hi, my name is Talia Ze’evi and I am 9 years old. I am a little girl who desperately wants to perform in plays and in dance recitals, sing and play instruments in concerts, speak with new people I meet and have and enjoy all the experiences a typical nine-year-old girl enjoys – I am not shy, but most people think I am.
My name is Tia Maxson. I cannot begin to tell you how much Millie, my Service Dog for hearing, has made a positive impact on my life. Millie has enriched my life in ways beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am single sidedly deaf in one ear and have 20% hearing loss in the other. There were many things I struggled with before having Millie at my side. For example, I often wouldn’t wake from my alarm in the morning, causing me to be late to work day after day…
Hello, my name is Tracey Stoll. I am a licensed Special Educator and Certified Autism Specialist. I am also the proud mother of 3 sons, two who are challenged with ASD and Anxiety.As the Founder/Executive Director of Learning Solutions, LLC (“LS” in Norwood, MA), I am committed to providing a safe, practice place for students experiencing social-emotional stress and confusion among their peers. Our Social Learning Center supports the growth of over 70 student clients a week; and collaborates with school districts to create inclusive programming that empowers at risk learners…
My name is Tracey Williams and I’m an Intensive Special Education Teacher for Boston Public Schools. Several years ago I had three therapy dogs participate in a summer program for students with autism. The dogs came in twice a week and worked with children ages 3.9 to 5 years of age. The children increased their language skills, social skills, improved behavioral issues and classroom topics such as turn taking and completing a task. After that experience I was hooked on working with a classroom dog and students with behavioral needs, Autism, cognitive and developmental diagnosis.
Hey! My name is Tyler and I have Spina Bifida, which has had me wheelchair bound my entire life. Don’t think for a second I’ve let that slow me down, though. I’m an avid sled hockey player, and use my personal experience and disability to help children in similar situations learn to embrace who they are and the fun that team physical activity can give! I do my best to never let my physical disability slow me down, though some things are just too physically difficult to perform on my own.
It was for this reason that I applied for a NEADS service dog, and I was thrilled to have been accepted in June 2017.