Stephen attended Clarke Boston’s Preschool Program. Today, he is studying criminal justice and political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Stephen is a member of the RISE (Research Initiative of Scientific Enhancement) undergraduate scientists in training program that promotes and prepares students who are deaf or hard of hearing for acceptance into a PhD program. He is on track to complete his double-major in 2021 and plans to continue his education in an advanced degree program.
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.