Katie is a spunky, friendly, chatty, and funny 5-year-old. She loves nail polish, dressing up, talking on the phone and playing with her brothers. Under her brown curly hair she wears two little devices that both help her to interact with her world and her world to interact with her. Her hearing aids have had a significant impact on her ability to make sense of language, a skill so necessary for communication in an all-hearing family.
Many of you know our struggles with doctors, service providers and our school district when it comes to getting Katie the supports she needs to be successful. As we learn more about Katie’s level of hearing loss, we realize that visibility for this disability is majorly important. It can be very difficult for people that do not specialize in working with children with hearing loss to fully understand the impact it can have on all developmental levels.
As we begin to put together the pieces of Katie’s puzzle, the picture of a bright future is becoming clearer.
We have chosen to “walk4hearing” because we not only want to show Katie that we support her, but that she is surrounded by a larger community that may have already overcome some of the hurdles she has not yet faced. It gives us hope that she will realize that her hearing loss doesn’t have to define who she is, but will play an important role in who she will become.
We would like to thank those of you who have already donated. For those of you who are still thinking about whether or not to donate, please remember that hearing loss is not a discriminating disability and that it can happen to anyone and at any time.
Let us know if you would like to join our team and walk on Saturday, May 13, 2017!
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing increases awareness about hearing loss, helps to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raises funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $12 million and has become the largest walk for hearing loss taking place in cities across the United States.