Allison teaches language concepts to deaf and hard of hearing children, but it goes beyond the kids. She also teaches parents and regular ed staff about hearing loss and how to interact with those who experience hearing loss. Her teaching makes a positive impact on both children and their families.
Allison is also the author of 2 Forever Friends... a charming children's book about a boy and a dog who are both deaf, but become life long friends. Life in silence can be hard on both dogs and people. 2 Forever Friends helps teach children to be accepting of those who are different due to hearing loss. Her books help kids relate to characters who are different, so they can see we are all special.
When asked how she makes a difference for children, Allison stated "I teach them to embrace their hearing loss, not hide it. I show them to be proud of who they are."
Personally, I think the biggest way Allison makes a difference is by promoting acceptance. It's when we don't understand something that we fear it and may experience anxiety. Understanding, on the other hand, brings about acceptance. When we understand something, there's no reason to fear it.
Thank you Allison (and your own different little doggy) for all you do for children.