My name is Khush and like my sister Dhyana, I was born profoundly deaf. I graduated from Auditory Verbal UK when I was 3 years old. I think AVUK is incredible because I can do all the things my hearing friends can do. I attended a mainstream primary school where I took part in all activities including nativity plays and residential trips. I also took on leadership roles such as class vice-captain, prefect and being a member of the school council. I successfully passed my 11+ tests and will be going to a mainstream grammar school – I am really excited for all the different opportunities I will get there!

I enjoy sports, especially tennis, cricket, football (I support Manchester United!), and table tennis, and play competitively for both my school and club. My other hobbies include playing the piano, reading, and playing video games, especially FIFA 22!

At my school I have spoken in assembly about deafness and raised money for AVUK by having a Loud Shirt Day. I have introduced important speakers at AVUK conventions. In 2017, I took part in a film for the Centre of Social Justice who awarded Auditory Verbal UK the Model of Excellence Award. I have also taken part in general promotional videos to create awareness of AVUK, as well as specific videos for Loud Shirt Day and Christmas. In 2022 I was an AVUK Power of Speech winner, and attended an event at the Houses of Parliament where I got to read out the story I had written: “The Sorcerer’s Ruby”.

I am proud to be a Young Ambassador. AVUK has given me amazing listening and speaking skills, and I would like other deaf children to be able to have the same opportunities as me!