My name is Beatrice and I was born profoundly deaf. My hearing loss was identified by the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme. When I 16 months old, my parents too me to Auditory Verbal UK. I soon began to speak and graduated from Auditory Verbal UK when I was five years old.

I now share my experience with others in the hope of raising expectations for deaf children. I have won awards for my communication skills and I am delighted to have passed all my GCSEs and I am now studying for A Levels then I hope to train to be a nurse or midwife.

Many people still don’t realise that with the benefits of new technology and the right support, deaf children can achieve anything they want to in life.

Beatrice is from Lincolnshire. To find out more about her story or arrange an interview visit [email protected] 

Beatrice gave a speech at our Power of Speech event at the House of Commons in June 2016. You can watch her speech by clicking here.