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Why Disability Should Be Part of Diversity Conversations in our Schools

Why Disability Should Be Part of Diversity Conversations in our Schools

I serve on my school district’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee. The focus is making our schools friendly and welcoming to all students, staff, and families. Conversations in the room range from better supporting the diversity of our students to promoting more inclusive hiring practices. Each committee member brings a different story. Here is how my … Continue reading


Do Your Ears Ring? Causes and Coping Strategies with Tinnitus

By Melanie Lewis, RHAD, MSHAA / Guest Blogger Tinnitus, often described as ‘ringing in the ears,’ is the perception of a sound which has no tangible, external source. According to the ATA (American Tinnitus Association), 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Data from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) suggests that of … Continue reading

Adventures in Tinnitus (1): Make the noise STOP!

Oh, to have a quiet moment. Welcome to the world of tinnitus. It’s a condition characterized by a perceived ringing, buzzing or whistling sound in the ears. Lipreading Mom’s 6-year-old daughter recently shared she can’t hear the teacher at school well because of the sounds inside her ears. Her school audiologist admits there isn’t an objective … Continue reading

Test the Ears You Love

My three kids range in age from 3 to 10. Two of them go to school full time, and one is currently being taught at home by his Lipreading Mom. Although each one has amazing abilities that I notice even though I’m maternally biased, I sometimes wonder about their ears. They come from a long line … Continue reading

Walking and Advocating with My Kids

Advocacy is always a work in progress… for everyone. That’s why I decided to include my 9-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter in a Deaf and hearing loss awareness 5K walk/run this past weekend. We walked with leaders from our local Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Chapter. I use the work “walk” loosely. My son decided to speed walk … Continue reading