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Alex

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Alex, who is profoundly deaf in both ears and wears digital hearing aids, attended Clarke’s preschool and elementary school programs in Northampton, Massachusetts, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Clarke has been a big influence in shaping my deaf experience as a youth, and it was a great place for me to take speech therapy,” he recalls. “I have fond memories of my time at the school and am grateful for all the speech therapists who made it a positive experience for me.”

At the age of 10, with the support of an oral interpreter (now called an oral transliterator), Alex transitioned to a local mainstream elementary school, continuing his mainstream academics through high school. After high school, Alex attended Northeastern University in Boston. With support from American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, he graduated with a BS in civil/environmental engineering and a minor in environmental science. In 2014, he completed his MS in environmental engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Alex has enjoyed the past decade as a project manager with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut.  “I’m mostly involved with oil spill response research, and work with other federal agencies as well as private organizations to improve our spill response technologies or strategies,” says Alex.

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Leighton

Like most caregivers who discover their child was born with a hearing loss, Nina and Spencer worried at first how their infant daughter would communicate and if she would struggle academically and socially. Thanks to her cochlear implants and a listening and spoken language (LSL) education at Clarke Florida, four-year-old Leighton is an expressive child with a big personality and a budding passion for sports.

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John

John was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at birth during his newborn hearing screening. In 2017, John’s parents enrolled him in Clarke Birth to Age Three Program.   “From the time John was 15 months old, the Clarke team supported, taught, encouraged, believed in and loved John,”

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Dexter

Dexter has a single-sided profound hearing loss and wears a bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) to help access sound. He started attending Clarke New York’s Preschool Program when he was three and graduated from Clarke in 2018.   “Dexter is proof positive that Clarke invariably accomplishes its mission… he has excelled

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Madeline, a Clarke alum

Madeline

Madeline’s diagnosis of moderately severe to profound hearing loss in both ears at the age of 18 months changed her family forever. It instilled a commitment to see “the beauty in the journey” as her siblings and parents became active

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Jaden

Jaden

Jaden is six years old and a fun and outgoing first grade student who’s bound to always leave you with a smile. He has a sensorineural hearing loss and learned to listen and talk at Clarke Florida. He enjoys learning about the solar system and science experiments — as

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Avani

Avani will attend University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Honors College this fall, a decade and a half after she attended Early Intervention and Preschool Programs at Clarke Florida where she learned to listen and talk. Avani has a bilateral hearing loss

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Joe

Joe is a fifth-grader in Clarke’s K-8 Program. He has profound bilateral hearing loss and uses bilateral cochlear implants to access sound. “Joe has been working hard to improve his listening and spoken language since joining the program in the

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Jad

Jad attends the University of South Florida where he studies biomedical sciences. An alum of Clarke Florida, Jad also works at Target as a cashier and donated his first paycheck to Clarke. “I donated my paycheck because I really wanted

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth attended Clarke Florida’s Birth to Three and Preschool Programs from 2002 through 2005 and has gone on to soar academically. She earned a spot on the honor roll each year throughout high school, and has remained very active in

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Aydanie

Aydanie began receiving services from Clarke as an infant and now attends a mainstream high school. He left a lasting impression on many, winning the Brothership Award several years in a row and charming his teachers, Clarke staff and peers with

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