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  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: THE SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT SCHOOL

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: THE SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT SCHOOL

    Marguerite Loeschke follows her imagination down railroad tracks and under the sea. The 5-year-old girl would like to become the engineer of a historic steam locomotive out West, but also ponders life as a mermaid who swims with the “King of the Blue Whales.” READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: AN EARLY LEAP INTO THE MAINSTREAM

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: AN EARLY LEAP INTO THE MAINSTREAM

    In the airy lobby of Gateway School in Baltimore, 5-year-old Elena Pearlstein bounces out of class and into her father’s arms. She cups his head in her hands and says in adoration, “Your face.” Then Elena jumps down. It’s late in the morning, time to leave “Little Ears, Big Voices,” Gateway’s preschool program for children with hearing loss, to resume the second half of the school day at St. James Academy in Monkton. READ MORE>>

  • A CIRS Success: Communicating the Joy of the Arts

    A CIRS Success: Communicating the Joy of the Arts

    Susan Roza’s task on the night of September 12 was daunting: the sign language interpreter was going to spend the next forty minutes recounting in American Sign Language what author Sally H. Jacobs was saying about her new book, The Other Barack, at the Enoch Pratt Library. To the hearing audience assembled in the room, Roza’s gestures and expressions looked a bit like mime. READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: SHE COULDN'T HEAR THE FIRE ALARM

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: SHE COULDN'T HEAR THE FIRE ALARM

    As soon as Charles (Yechiel) and Rochelle Rubin brought their daughter Avigail home, they knew that their family was complete. Their two beautiful daughters were almost exactly the same age. Ilana was born in Guatemala and Avigail in Belarus, but in their Baltimore home, they were, in essence, twin sisters. READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: AN ALUMNI PROFILE

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: AN ALUMNI PROFILE

    A graduate student at Coppin State University, Nicholas Johnson has a myriad of interests and loves to talk about his studies, his pastimes and his life. Meeting him today, it’s hard to believe that he didn’t speak a word until he was four years old. Nicholas’ mom, Bernadette, knew that Nicholas was having trouble communicating and sought answers from every expert she could find. He had his hearing tested; it was fine. Some doctors thought he was autistic; he wasn’t. He exhibited no other apparent developmental delay; he simply didn’t speak. Eventually, Bernadette and Nicholas were referred to The Hearing and Speech Agency for speech-language therapy. READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCCESS: GATEWAY STUDENTS GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT

    A GATEWAY SUCCESS: GATEWAY STUDENTS GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT

    The last day of school is always special for Gateway School students as the long days of summer await them. But this year was especially memorable: it was Prince and Princess Day. The children got to make crowns as a special arts & crafts project, be visited by a variety of local pageant winners and be celebrated as a prince or princess for the day. READ MORE>>

  • A Clinical Success: The World Just Opened Up

    A Clinical Success: The World Just Opened Up

    If you see Brian McBride, 15, and his twin sister, Bria, walking down the halls of Pikesville High School, you'd be hard pressed to notice what sets them apart from the rest of the students. Clad in jeans and t-shirts, they look and sound like typical teenagers. She's interested in volleyball and biology, and he's a budding football player who excels in music. READ MORE>>

  • A CIRS Success: What's Turtle in Sign Language?

    A CIRS Success: What's Turtle in Sign Language?

    When Cheyanne Vanderdonckt, a special education teacher at Moravia Park Elementary School, began planning a month of lessons on communication for her students in the first and second grade, she knew that she wanted the curriculum to focus on talking and listening. READ MORE>

  • A Clinical Success: A PRACTICAL, LIFE-AFFIRMING, COMMUNITY-MINDED DECISION

    A Clinical Success: A PRACTICAL, LIFE-AFFIRMING, COMMUNITY-MINDED DECISION

    Several years ago, I noticed that my hearing was not as good as it used to be. But I waited a bit to decide what to do. Finally, when I couldn't hear my grandchildren trying to tell me something in the car, I decided that was it. I was going to take care of it. The audiologists at The Hearing and Speech Agency were so wonderful and professional. They found me the right hearing aids and programmed them exactly for my particular hearing loss. Now, the aids make a big difference in my life. And life is worth hearing. READ MORE>>

  • A GATEWAY SUCESS: WHEN TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

    A GATEWAY SUCESS: WHEN TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

    Excerpt From Urbanite Magazine, January 2011 | By Robin T. Reid

    Ebony Martin watched her toddler, Connor, flick the TV off and on repeatedly. He did the same with the light switches. He'd jump almost nonstop. And he stopped talking and began uttering small sounds instead of the few words he'd been using. READ MORE>>

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