Monday, December 15, 2008

E' Sorda? Ma Parla Due Lingue!

Benvenuto nel mondo dell'impianto cocleare...dove tutto è possibile *smile* (Ovviamente con tanto, ma tanto tanto lavoro da parte dei genitori ed i medici)

Vi presento Rachel, una delle prime bambine impiantate negli Stati Uniti. E' un uragano!!!
Avete mai visto un pupazzo di neve con un impianto cocleare? Quando il nostro gruppo di sostegno ha deciso di creare una campagna per Cochlear Implant Advocacy, Rachel si è data da fare...(clicca qui per vedere i suoi prodotti). Ha anche illustrato due libri per bambini con dei personaggi con l'impianto cocleare:

Prima in Francese...

Poi in Inglese...

Hi. I’m Rachel Chaikof. I’m 20 years old, and I am currently hearing with bilateral cochlear implants. I received my first cochlear implant when I was 2½ years old in 1989 when it was not yet approved by the F.D.A. And, so basically I was part of the clinical trial studies at NYU, and then about three years ago I received a second implant for my other ear when I was 17 years old so that I could hear bilaterally, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made because I am able to hear fuller and richer sounds and basically I’m able to hear better with two implants than one implant. I absolutely love having cochlear implants because I’m able to hear music with my iPod, and enjoy the sounds fully of the movies and I’m able to hear and speak well and I’m able to speak French fluently, and so I’m just able to have many opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to have if I didn’t have cochlear implants. I am currently a second year student at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta and I’m majoring in photography, and I’m hoping to be a photojournalist one day when I finish school. And I love traveling, especially to Europe, particularly France because I speak French fluently, and I have French friends over there who I visit from time to time. And, I also have a website, at, and it’s a website about me and my sister Jessica, who was also born profoundly deaf, and basically this website has our story about our life with cochlear implants, and it’s an informative site about cochlear implants for parents who have deaf children or for anybody who wants to learn more about the cochlear implant. So, I would visit it.

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