The Hearing World

Scholarship Entrant: Kasey from Skiatook, Oklahoma
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Kasey: 35

My brother had meningitis at 6 months old. Luckily, he survived with just the loss of his hearing. I watched him grow up with speech therapy as a part of his daily life to help him fit in to our hearing world. I’ve also seen firsthand how children treat their peers with communication disabilities. From that point on I decided that I wanted to help make a difference in these children’s lives. I want to be the one to help children be able to communicate with the “normal” world. My passion today is stronger than it’s ever been, now that I have children of my own. If I could make a living helping children communicate better in today’s society, that’s what I would do. This would drastically change the world; it would make children’s lives easier by helping them communicate clearer. It would also eliminate the bullying and ridicule children get in schools these days for sounding “different”. The world is such a cruel place for people without disability, when you add in an innocent child with a disability beyond their control, it’s that much worse. People don’t understand why someone sounds different or why they speak differently; they just see it as different and automatically mark them as a target.

Vote for Kasey: 35

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