Alumni Highlights

CCHAT Spotlight: The 1996 Class

In 1996, 12 students with hearing loss began a journey at a start-up program called CCHAT. The small center did not have a track record of success, but it had a dream and a staff dedicated to helping these students become successful in every avenue of life.

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CCHAT Highlight: Now and Then 25 Years Later

As we reflect on CCHAT’s 25th anniversary, let’s check in with Will Andes, a student from CCHAT’s very first class in 1996.

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Growing Up Deaf: How Kevin Found His Confidence

Two weeks prior to his birth, Kevin’s hospital began administering newborn hearing screenings. Although Kevin failed the screening, his parents were thankful they were able to diagnose his hearing loss so early. Otherwise, it may have gone unnoticed for some time.

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Finding Confidence & Helping Others: Dominique’s Story Of Growing Up Deaf

Dominique Smith grew up with hearing loss, but because of her amazing family and friends she sometimes forgot she even had to wear cochlear implants. Having a support group around helped her know that she had nothing to worry about when it came to her future or learning abilities. 

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Building Confidence While Growing Up With Hearing Loss

It’s often daunting when a parent learns their child is deaf or hard of hearing (DHOH), and Marissa recalls it being no different for her mom and dad.

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Bryce Dougherty

Bryce arrived four weeks early, but despite his prematurity, his doctor was amazed at how healthy he was. He had high APGAR scores, so the last thing we thought about was hearing loss.

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Reagan Wilson

It wasn't until Reagan turned 3 that we found out she was moderately/severely deaf in both ears. We were shocked to receive this news as Reagan and her twin brother, Reid, both had passed their newborn hearing tests.

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