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Song of the Day: It’s On Us

Song of the Day: It’s On Us

Atticus Dewey
April 26, 2017
Filed under SONG OF THE DAY, UNCATEGORIZED

When thinking about inspirational songs, “It’s On Us” by AJR is definitely one that comes to mind. The indie-pop group, formed by Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met, created their band back in 2006 in their New York apartment, starting with their first “big” single being “I’m Ready.” However, AJ...

Silence Speaks Louder Than Words

Silence Speaks Louder Than Words

Sacha Verlon
April 24, 2017
Filed under NEWS, UNCATEGORIZED, US AND WORLD

The effects of derogatory LGBT phrases and name-calling goes even further than harming the recipient. In many cases, it suppresses the individual into keeping quiet about their struggle, therefore suppressing the LGBT rights movement. That is what the Day of Silence hopes to spread; harassing people for...

Being Around Others

April 17, 2017
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"Those who are Deaf wish to remain unaided by hearing aids or cochlear implants,” Skodzinsky said. “They have a unique and rich culture that is often fiercely protected. Those who are hearing impaired often feel like they are outsiders to both the Deaf and hearing communities since they are neit...

Details

April 17, 2017
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Accommodations have been made and improved to help those who have loss of hearing. This helps them do simple, everyday activities like talking on the phone, using an alarm clock, etc. “I prefer to communicate by email and text rather than using a telephone,” Skodzinsky said. “But when I do nee...

Laws and College

April 17, 2017
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The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped Skodzinsky tremendously. It assures her that she can rely on legal protections when they are not freely given. This was very important while she was in college, as she was able to ask for reasonable accommodations, such as asking the professor to wear a mic...

Her Job

April 17, 2017
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Skodzinsky works at King Elementary in the Ann Arbor Public School district. It tends to be a very inclusive environment. She tries to be deliberate and upfront with anyone she hasn’t met: “I briefly explain my hearing impairment and how they can effectively communicate with me,” Skodzinsky sa...

Family

April 17, 2017
Filed under UNCATEGORIZED

Skodzinsky’s family needed to modify their way of communicating with her. They could no longer call her from another room or speak with their back to her. She has three brothers and one sister who all wear hearing aids. Her half-sister, Diana, and half-brother, Tommy, virtually went deaf overnight w...

Speech

April 17, 2017
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Skodzinsky learned to speak naturally, but she had trouble making a few sounds like ‘s’ and ‘r’. Without intending to, she learned to watch for visual cues to help bring context to a conversation. She isn’t an expert lip reader, but she does rely on lip reading at least 50 percent of the time. ...

Hearing Aids

April 17, 2017
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At the age of 15, Skodzinsky received her first Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing aid for her left ear. As she aged, she lost more of her hearing. At 17, she received a second BTE hearing aid for her right ear and her hearing loss was considered moderate. She is now 36, and her hearing impairment is considered...

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