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Garrett

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Garrett has bilateral hearing loss and started his journey at Clarke Florida when he was 18 months old. Garrett has a passion for music and has been playing the piano for four years.

Garrett has been a long-time Listening and Spoken Language advocate, traveling to Tallahassee to speak in front of Florida legislative committees. Garrett shares, “My aim was to help influence the passing of a bill, which created a five-million-dollar statewide fund to assist with the purchase of hearing technology for those in need.”  

Because of Garrett’s determination, the bill was passed in 2022, providing children in Florida easier access to sound in the early stages of life, essential for listening and spoken language success.  

“I will continue to use my platform to advocate for children with hearing loss because I personally know how important it is for children to have access to sound.”  

Garrett will attend the University of North Florida, double majoring in accounting and finance, as well as minor in international business.

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