The Issue: Independent Living for People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Transitioning from high school to independent life as an adult can be an intimidating challenge for all teens, but for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, their hearing loss can add other obstacles. The Marion Downs Hearing Center's annual Teen Day, designed to help teens who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare for life after high school, surveyed participants and discovered that, prior to the event, two-thirds of the teens felt that their hearing loss might be detrimental to their future dreams and goals. However, following the event, a significant number of these teens felt an increased motivation to achieve success and assert themselves when they felt like a classroom or workplace lacked necessary services.
The Campaign: Sponsoring Youth with Hearing Loss at Teen Event
If this Grassroots campaign raises $750, then the Marion Downs Hearing Center can cover the costs to help 15 youth who are deaf or hard of hearing attend its Teen Day. Each additional $50 will be used to sponsor another youth at Teen Day. This includes the cost of transportation to the event from school, meals, instruction, interpreters, the necessary amplification and other technology for hearing loss, and team-building activities and motivational materials.
This year's Teen Day event will be held on October 9, and is open to both middle- and high-school students. Teen Day includes presentations, panels, and workshops to help teens interact with their peers while exploring career building, technology, and community resources. Students will also have opportunities to meet with adult role models to learn about the obstacles they have faced as a result of hearing loss and how they've succeeded both personally and professionally.
Marion Downs Hearing Center
The Marion Downs Hearing Center (MDHC) aims to help meet the needs of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as their families and colleagues. Its services address the needs of all age groups, providing newborn hearing screenings and speech-language pathology for children and adults, as well as helping teenagers who are deaf or hard of hearing to transition from high school to college or the workforce through its teen program. In 2011, MDHC screened 3,000 babies for hearing loss at birth and provided 100 audiologists, teachers, and researchers with professional training.
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