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Ellie Parfitt
Ellie was born profoundly deaf, uses verbal communication, lipreads and wears Phonak hearing aids. She is currently learning British Sign Language. Ellie hasn’t let her disability stand in the way and embraces every new challenge. Her deafness didn't prevent her from achieving major accomplishments in her life, such as excelling in her education, working as a Marketing Executive for a Spa & Health Club, Events and Promotions Staff for a local newspaper as well as blogging for Hearing Like Me. She is passionate about deaf awareness, campaigning for equality and helping others through her personal blog as Deafie Blogger.

Toy Like Me: Changing disability stereotypes one toy at a time

The founder of Toy Like Me, Rebecca Atkinson, was watching her children play with toys one day and realized that none of the toys were representing real people with disabilities. 

Noticing there was a lack of positive representation of disabilities, or ‘diff:abilities’ as she likes to call it, in children’s toys, drove Rebecca to want to make a change in the toys available for children. 

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Deaf flautist: “Music is not just audible; it’s equally visible!”

A common misconception is that deaf people can’t hear music.

Although this may be true depending on the level of hearing loss a person has, it doesn’t mean deaf people can’t access or be entertained by music. Music can be heard, felt through vibrations, or seen through the movement of a musician; it’s an expressive form of art. 

Megan Angharad Hunter, a 19-year-old flautist, is an example of an extraordinary musician breaking down barriers and proving that deaf people can enjoy music in various ways. 

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Deaf teen receives invite to royal wedding

14-year-old Reuben Litherland from Derby, UK has received an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding as recognition for the things he’s done for the deaf community.

“When I opened the letter… I actually danced around the room! I felt proud because someone recognized all my hard work to support my community,” Reuben said with joy. “I can’t believe it’s going to happen. The Royal Wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event and I’m going!”

Who is Reuben Litherland and what sparked his passion to help the deaf community? It all starts when Reuben was 5 months old and his family found out he is deaf.

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Mom advocates for hearing loss by sharing artwork on Instagram

This mother, Doris Ziegler, took to making art and posting it on Instagram to spread hearing loss awareness after finding out about her two-year-old, Hannes, son’s hearing loss.

If you are active in the deaf and hard of hearing community on Instagram, you may know this mother-son duo behind the incredible artwork we have seen on Doris’ Instagram. This is the inspiration behind her artwork.

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New horror film ‘A Quiet Place’ starring deaf actress Millicent Simmonds highlights various aspects of deaf culture

The new horror film starring Millicent Simmonds, “A Quiet Place”, is another film to hit the cinemas highlighting deaf culture.

Stars also include John Krasinski (director), and Emily Blunt. The film is set in the future and focuses on a family trying to survive after an alien attack. They use sign language to communicate and defend themselves from aliens. The aliens, who have hypersensitive hearing, rely on sound to hunt, attack and even kill their prey (animal or human) if it makes any sudden noise.

This film features many aspects of deaf culture including sign language, hearing technology and uses sound effects to create an environment for people to have an idea what it is like living in a world with limited sound.

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Why I am grateful for my hearing technology

It is easy to get wrapped up in our busy lives and not appreciate small things that make a big difference, such as hearing technology.
A dear friend of mine who is deafblind recently lent me a copy of her heroine’s biography. Helen Keller, an American lady born in 1880, who as a toddler was left deaf and blind from an acute illness. The book tells a story of triumph over adversity. The struggles she faced during the nineteenth century, but still portrays a ‘symbol of hope’ for other deaf, blind and deafblind people.

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NASA Engineer: ‘We need more Deaf people in STEM”

Deafness knows no bounds, and Johanna Lucht, a deaf engineer working at NASA, proves that determination leads to success, especially with the right support and a bit of self-advocacy.
Johanna, who has severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss, is the first and only Deaf engineer at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, she says. After landing the job through an internship, she’s found various ways to communicate and thrive in the high-pressure work environment.  Equipped with extensive knowledge in computer science, an ASL interpreter and Phonak hearing aids, Lucht says she’s been able to collaborate on elaborate aerodynamic projects, but one big communication challenges remains: a lack of ASL sign terminology, fueled by too few Deaf people working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). 

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