Sonia Arora came to Missouri State knowing what she wanted to do: she wanted to work with the deaf or hard of hearing. From personal experience, Arora knew what an enormous impact a deaf educator could have.
“I was diagnosed with moderate to severe hearing loss when I was about 3 years old. I started wearing hearing aids immediately after I was diagnosed, and I have worn them ever since,” said Arora. “When I was in school, I had a deaf educator who followed me all the way from kindergarten to high school graduation.”
Arora’s deaf educator helped her in a variety of areas such as her speech and English. She also advocated for her rights in the classroom, such as closed captions for videos and note takers for certain classes.
“When I think about my education, I now realize how much of an impact my deaf educator had on my education as well as my life,” said Arora. “I realized then that I had found what I wanted to do with my life.”
The department of communication sciences and disorders offers a variety of opportunities for student to work hands-on with children and adults with communication disorders as educators.
“For the first time, during my undergrad I really enjoyed going to class and learning the material,” said Arora about her CSD course work. “When I heard about the program at MSU, I was excited because I knew that I would get to help and work with the community by being an educator or advocate for other people who are deaf or hard of hearing.”
Arora, a Bollywood movie buff from Overland Park, Kan., and a graduate student in the education of deaf and hard of hearing (EDHH) program, says her education and experience have prepared her to make a difference in the lives of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. She hopes that she can make the same impact on future students that her deaf educator had on her.