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WISE Ambassadors

WISE Ambassadors

We are WISE Ambassadors, a group made up of adults who are high school graduates and older who have hearing loss or deafness. The Ambassadors focus on helping WISE and its many cochlear implant, hearing aid, and Listening & Spoken Language (LSL) users, as well as their families.

 

WISE Ambassadors have the potential to serve in many different roles and ways. One of the primary goals is to connect families and children to the Ambassadors, in order to share stories and answer questions they may have about the experience of listening with a cochlear implant/hearing aid or growing up with hearing loss. Additionally, we want to connect with each other on a peer-to-peer level and develop a community of our own.

 

We’re so excited to get this started, after growing up in Alabama’s fragmented deaf/hard of hearing community. It’s so meaningful to talk to people who know what you’re going through and who may know what’s ahead of you and can prepare you.

What is an Ambassador?

An Ambassador is a role model, to both the child with hearing loss and family members.  That includes being positive, transparent, and available as a resource, answering whatever questions a family might have about the Ambassador’s hearing loss experience. This is accomplished through the Parent/Family Support Program, where Ambassadors meet with parents, or if requested, other family members and children under the age of 12 years old.

Support is also provided through the Big Sibling Program, where an Ambassador meets with the child with hearing loss (over the age of 12 years old) so long as both parties abide by the safety guidelines. Regardless of how families and Ambassadors interact, the goal is for Ambassadors to share their experiences in order to encourage and support families in their own hearing loss journeys.

Ambassadors’ duties are not limited to simply the mentor/mentee relationships. Ambassadors are also role models to the entire LSL and WISE community. We hope to be visible and available at WISE events, helping support WISE’s mission through service and fundraising.

 

Our Sponsors

Herman and Emmie Bolden Foundation

Hill Crest Foundation

Robert R. Meyer Foundation

Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust

Tuition Free Programs

Life Changing Results

New Friends for life

Loving and Caring Staff

Contact

Location:
Shades Valley Presbyterian Church
2305 Montevallo Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35223

Telephone: (205) 728-5480

Email: [email protected]

The Woolley Institute for Spoken-Language Education (WISE), is a 501 © not for profit organization dedicated to teaching deaf children to speak. We are a statewide, family focused program working in collaboration with Alabama’s Early Intervention System, local school systems, and private and public entities which advance the education of deaf children who use listening and spoken language.