These are some serious facts about deafness. It is downright depressing. We need to educate everyone that their is help for their hearing loss and deafness. Wow, I guess I must be a success story because I have been gainfully employed my whole working life and I make a very respectful salary.
I have to admit it has not been easy, because the telephone has always been a challenge. However, I prevailed. I have a successful career in retail management and I am growing my professional speaking career. As a result of my sudden deafness 5 years ago, I discovered my life’s purpose is to educate others that we can have fulfilling and rewarding lives in spite of our deafness.
I speak to groups, schools, and corporations about Positive Mental Attitude, Overcoming Adversity, Success, Change, and Hearing loss. Go to www.susannamdussling.com to book me.
FACTS ABOUT DEAFNESS
1. There are 31 million individuals with hearing loss in the United States.
2. 4,000 children in the United States are born with hearing loss each year. 3. 90% of children with hearing loss are born to normal hearing parents.
4. Parents with normal hearing communicate through speaking, and most do not know how to use sign language to communicate with their deaf child.
5. Deaf education programs in the public schools usually teach some form of sign language in order to communicate with and educate the students. As a result, few deaf students become proficient in the English language.
6. An average reading level of 3rd grade is typical of graduates of deaf education programs in the U.S.
7. 45% of deaf individuals do not graduate from high school and only 5% graduate from college.
8. A small minority of deaf students complete deaf education programs prepared for independence in adulthood; 60% face either unemployment or severe unemployment.
9. Deaf individuals earn only 50% to 70% of what their hearing peers earn, losing an average of $320,000 in earnings during their lifetime.
10. Over 50% of deaf adults earn less than $25,000 per year.
11. 42% of deaf adults between 18 to 44 years of age are unemployed.
12. Deafness is the most costly single disability in terms of special education costs, averaging $25,000 per year per child, compared to $5,100 for a normally hearing child. 13. The average lifetime cost to society of a child born deaf in terms of medical, educational, and productivity losses is $1,020,000
As always, Have a sunny day. Susanna
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