I have personally enjoyed free reading (or reading for fun) since seventh grade. When I discovered that many deaf/hard of hearing (d/hh) students graduate high school with no more than a fourth grade reading level, I was shocked and appalled. It has been my experience, that many adults do not believe that the students are capable to achieve a higher reading level. Therefore, the students are not encouraged nor challenged to read in order to obtain better reading skills. Since I am currently working in early intervention, I feel strongly that I need to express how vital excellent reading skills are for young d/hh children. Thus, this information is currently directed towards parents of d/hh infants and toddlers. In the future, I hope to obtain a degree as a reading teacher for d/hh students. Following some work in the field, I hope to lead seminars with other professionals and parents who support my strong beliefs that d/hh students are capable of much more than what is typically expected of them.
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