Help Kids Hear – A web site dedicated to helping parents of children that are deaf or hard of hearing.  The latest news, resources, articles, and discussions about hearing impaired children!
About Help Kids Hear Site Map Search Help Kids Hear Web Site News
A site for parents of hard of hearing & deaf children.
In the News - News articles about hearing impairment, new technologies, and other related materials.
Articles & Commentary - Our editorial section. Articles written by us and by professionals in the field.
Resources & Information - Our largest section. Dedicated to helping you find the information you need. Everything from educational information, sources financial support, mental health support and more!
Facts & Figures - A brief "stat sheet" with information about just how common hearing impairment is, particularly in children.
Discussion Forum - What we hope will be hallmark of our site. An open forum where you can read and post questions about hearing impairment across a wide variety of categories.
For the Kids - Links to and information just for the kids themselves.

Deaf Man Accomplishes Much In Short Life

WSFA, AL
December 8, 2004

For most of us, the sounds of a pick-up basketball game are familiar. Even the sounds of nature such as a bird whistling in the air. But for 19-year old Albert Ross, sounds like the voice of his dad could never penetrate his world of silence.

"He was born deaf," says Albert Ross, Sr.

Ross' life was devoid of hearing. He played basketball for the Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind and silence dominated his life. Today, all the family has are pictures of the younger Ross framed with memories of a kid who wouldn't let his deafness get the best of him.

"He knew he was loved," Ross says.

Ross died Sunday in a car wreck in Florida. He and several other former classmates who were also hearing impaired were driving home to Alabama after playing in the deaf adult league in Daytona Beach. Playing ball was Ross' life and joy.

"He had a long way to go, accomplished a lot and would have accomplished a lot more, a lot more," says Ross.

Albert Ross was doing just that at Target in east Montgomery, becoming the first deaf employee, according to the family. Yet when Ross' dad stops and collects himself emotionally during our interview, he knows his son could have done so much more. Ross' only son had overcome the stigma of being deaf.

"He was independent. He didn't ask for anything, bought his own gas and clothes," says Ross.

In a way Ross' deafness may have actually been a gift.

"I tell you why he's kind of fortunate. He couldn't hear the rap crap they play on the radio. All the cussing and fussing, maybe that's why he's doing better," Ross says.

Doing better perhaps says Mr. Ross and hearing the angels sing.

It's still not clear how the wreck happened. We do know Albert Ross was a passenger and the driver has been arrested for obstructing justice for allegedly lying about driving the Chevy suv.

© Copyright 2000 - 2004 WorldNow and WSFA. All Rights Reserved.

 

 
 

Help Kids Hear is a site dedicated to helping parents of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children. We are parents of hard of hearing kids and simply want to "give back" to the community. We welcome your comments, questions & suggestions. Please drop us a note at info@helpkidshear.org.