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PACS Pals: Mitch

Mitch is a graduate student in deaf education at the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He has a profound hearing loss and wears bilateral cochlear implants.

My Dream Career

I have a profound hearing loss and wear bilateral cochlear implants. I attended Child’s Voice, a school for the deaf in Chicago that gave me the tools to hear and talk. Because of the huge impact the school had on my life, I’ve decided that I want to be a teacher of the deaf so that I can help children like me learn to listen and speak and give back to the community that did so much for me. After receiving

my bachelor’s degree in elementary education, I am now pursuing my Master’s of Science in Deaf Education (M.S.D.E.) at Washington University’s PACS program. I hope that I can be a role model for children with hearing loss so that they see it is possible to be a successful adult in spite of the challenges they face!

My Best Advice

My number one piece of advice that I’ve learned as an adult is never be afraid to advocate for yourself. Most people don’t realize the kinds of challenges that come

with having hearing loss, and it’s up to us to speak up not only for ourselves, but also for those who follow in our footsteps. It never hurts to educate someone

on what it means to have hearing loss, and I’ve found that most people are willing and even grateful to learn something new!

My Role Model

My mom has always been a role model for me. From the moment she found out that I was deaf, she has done everything she can to give me the opportunities

to succeed in life. She has advocated for me on numerous occasions and has always encouraged me to pursue my passions and dreams. I hope one day I can be as wonderful a parent as she is!

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