See and HEAR the proof.....
How beautiful are the voices of those who value sound
AFTER FIFTY YEARS OF SERVING DEAF CHILDREN IN THE MID-SOUTH, HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN HAVE GRADUATED FROM MOSD AND HAVE BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS IN OUR COMMUNITY. THEIR JOURNEYS ARE THE PROOF OF INVESTING IN EARLY INTERVENTION.
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. For more than 5 years, Brittany held the position of Engagement Manager at Cochlear Americas which gave her the opportunity to travel around the world educating people with hearing loss and sharing the benefits of cochlear implants. Brittany joined the MOSD team in January 2018 as a Development Associate and she is forever grateful for this career opportunity to serve where it all started for Brittany! For fun, Brittany loves sports and is very competitive!
Tyler is a proud graduate of MOSD and leads an independent and successful adult life. He now lives in Houston, TX and works for Hewlett Packard as a supply chain analyst. Tyler is working with the Houston Ear Research Foundation and Cochlear Corporation in a study on the upgrade from a Freedom processor to the Nucleus 6. Tyler is a perfect candidate for this study because he is incredibly particular about the programming of his implant and has always used every feature each of his implants have offered. He loves to swim and is a member of the Masters Swimming Program in Houston. He is active in church and other local adult programs.
Dominique is graduating from high school in the spring and plans to attend college in the fall. Her dream is to become an Audiologist so that she may help children in the same manner as those that helped her.
Alex graduated from MOSD and mainstreamed into local schools. He graduated high school in New York with a dual language curriculum in English and Hebrew. He spent a year of study in Israel and attends the University of Maryland where he maintains a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend law school after college.
Jesse successfully mainstreamed into grade school and is a recent graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he received his six year doctoral degree in Pharmacology. We can all now call him Dr. Jesse Burroughs, Pharm D., a momentous achievement!