Thursday, May 1, 2008
RA RA RACHELLLLLL and Elizabeth!!!!!
Breaking out my pom-poms for the second day in a row!!!!! Hurricane Rachel Strikes Again!-Along with her highly motivational co-blogging companion and friend, Elizabeth whose posts enlighten me every single time regarding the perspective of a sensitive, intuitive Auditory-Verbal Therapist.
Eight months ago when the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Circle announced its desire to create tees and other products to promote Cochlear Implant Awareness, Rachel stepped up to the plate with creativity, integrity and a desire to satisfy all customers. Note: Her customers were a bunch of high maintenance moms (yours truly included).
*She hasn't stopped since*
Her next act of hurricaneness was to begin blogging...on deafread.com - Her "talk to the hand" I am who I am and proud of me blogging style pissed off many yet kept 'em coming back for more. The girl/woman has no fear and possesses a STRONG sense of self. Note: Behind every strong girl/woman is a kick-some-ass-get-out-of-my-face Mother. (Hats off to you, Melissa!)
Rachel is here to educate and inspire. She has a story to tell and MANY people who want and NEED to listen, including me, the mamma of an 11 year old deaf son who wears a cochlear implant trying to grow, learn and become independent and strong.
For one of the secrets I managed to miraculously keep for an unusual length of time:
*INTRODUCING IN HONOR OF BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH 2008*
NEW! Children’s Book Featuring a Character with Cochlear Implants!
Cochlear Implant Online is proud to announce the debut of Elizabeth Boschini’s (author) and Rachel Chaikof’s (illustrator and bilateral CI recipient) book, Ellie’s Ears.
PRESS RELEASE -
Today’s children with hearing loss may surprise you! With the help of cochlear implants, digital hearing aids, and specialized instruction in listening and spoken language, deaf children can learn to listen and speak, just like their hearing peers. According to the University of Michigan, over 100,000 people have received cochlear implants in the past 20 years. Children with hearing impairment, however, are rarely represented in children’s literature and cochlear implant technology is widely misunderstood.
To address these problems, Elizabeth Boschini, a student pursuing a degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Texas Christian University (TCU), and Rachel Chaikof, a bilateral cochlear implant user and student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), created a new children’s book, Ellie’s Ears. Written by Boschini and illustrated by Chaikof, the story presents cochlear implants and deafness from the perspective of Ellie, a ten-year-old deaf girl with bilateral cochlear implants, as she explains her hearing loss to a new student in her mainstream 3rd grade class.
Ellie’s Ears was released to the public on May 1, 2008, in honor of ASHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month. The book is available for purchase at http://stores.lulu.com/earbooks, and the author and illustrator can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website, cochlear implant online. Proceeds from book sales will benefit organizations that provides legal advocacy and financial assistance to people in need of cochlear implants and other assistive listening devices.
Hearing loss can have a profound affect on an individual’s relationships. For children, hearing loss can lead to issues with delayed speech development and stigma among peers and in educational settings. For adults, hearing loss makes everyday communication and interaction difficult, creating or reinforcing a sense of isolation among hearing loss sufferers. The good news is that most types of hearing loss, even severe or profound hearing loss, can be prevented, recovered or treated.” - excerpt from Raise Your Hand.
Elizabeth and Rachel are here to help give every person with hearing loss the opportunity to hear and to speak. They have activities lined up throughout the month of May to help reach out to those people… so stay tuned!
*As the adopted Aunt of the SuperHeroine Rachel, I reserve the right to say: I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!*