Spotlight Student- Claire
Claire is a 10 year old, 5th grader, at Wolman Elementary School. Claire was born with a bilateral, mixed moderate to severe hearing loss unaided. In kindergarten, she received her first hearing aids so she could hear the teacher better with noise in the classroom. Claire also uses an assistive listening device in the classroom to help her hear.
Since Claire was in 3rd grade, she always wanted to be on the Student Council. In August of this year, she decided to run for an office as she likes being a leader. Most importantly, she wanted to show that her disability will not stop her from being successful. The challenge she faced was that sometimes people have a hard time understanding her due to her cleft palate. When Claire shared with her mother that she wanted to run for an office, her mom contacted a staff member at Claire's school. The school staff and outside support staff worked with Claire to find a way for Claire to clearly communicate with the people who were voting. After much consideration, she decided to give her speech orally while a staff member held up cards with a written transcription as she spoke. In her speech she stated, "I want to set an example for other kids with disabilities. You can do whatever you want to if you try!" On September 13th, she won the office of President of the Student Council for Wolman Elementary. Claire now leads the Student Council meetings! In addition to Student Council, Claire participates in the 5th grade choir, Read,Deed and Run, Special Buddies and Safety Patrol. She is also taking piano lessons. Claire has set an example for other students with disabilities that anything is possible!
Sign Language Classes- Free to staff, students and families.
Save the Date, Improving Communication Night, April 2, 2020