Advocating for People with Disabilities (6/17)

Dept. of Health & Human Services

Summary:  I am a huge advocate for the Deaf Community, and a large part of my professional and personal time revolves around the Disability Community.

For me, being deaf has been a blessing — and it has made me who I am today.

My parents started suspecting something was wrong with my hearing when I was 2. By the time I was 4, my mom noticed that I wasn’t jumping at the sound of the ice cream truck, and it was then that I was officially diagnosed. My mom said it was never clear why I lost my hearing, but the disease or diseases were progressive. I now have no hearing in my left ear and a little in my right ear, depending on the pitch; I rely on lip reading and the use of an interpreter.

Because my parents were fierce advocates for me and made sure I got the school support I needed, being deaf never stopped me from pursuing my dreams  — whether it was playing high school sports or coming to work at the National Institutes of Health nearly eight years ago;  Click below to continue reading his incredible message!

HHS Blog: #IAmHHS: Advocating for People with Disabilities and Serving the American Public

 

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