Aurice was diagnosed at eight weeks old with hearing loss and received hearing aids at 3 months old. Like many other students, Aurice had a progressive hearing loss, making her a candidate for cochlear implants. With the help of her audiologist, teachers and therapists at MOSD, she learned language and was able to mainstream into Immaculate Conception Cathedral School. Reading is her favorite subject. She plays piano, soccer, basketball, ballet, and she is working on her yellow belt in Taekwondo. She loves Star Wars and Pokémon. Aurice is able to talk just like her hearing peers, equipping her for an independent life.
Abbey was born profoundly deaf and received one cochlear implant at age 2. Early intervention, audiological services, and therapy at MOSD prepared Abbey to mainstream into her local kindergarten program. Abbey stopped receiving speech therapy by the 1st grade as her clarity of speech was parallel to that of her hearing peers. She graduated from high school in May of 2016 and is now enrolled in the Shackhols Honors College at Mississippi State University. She has received a full scholarship from the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program and is majoring in Elementary Education.
Brantley attended MOSD in the early 90's when audiological technology was beginning to advance and improve. Even with having just one cochlear implant, specialized teachers and therapists helped him learn language! He was able to mainstream into Bartlett Elementary with no need for sign language. He now attends University of Memphis and is active in the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Professional Fraternity. He is a songwriter, comedian, and recently launched an online platform to reach other children and adults with disabilities. www.brantleyeturner.com "I found my way to be one of a kind."
Brittany and her oldest brother were both born profoundly deaf to hearing parents. Brittany received one cochlear implant when she was four years old, missing several years of critical language development. Through aural and speech therapy, Brittany developed language, allowing her to lead an independent life. Brittany mainstreamed into her local kindergarten in the early 1990's and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Memphis in 2009. She is currently an active public speaker for Cochlear Americas and travels the world, using her experience to educate others with hearing loss about the benefits of cochlear implants. She has received many awards, most recently the first individual "A Seat at the Table" award for 2014. She loves to swim, play sports, travel, and is active in her church community.