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Empowering the Next Generation of CI Users

Kennedy Patlan, a 24-year recipient of bilateral cochlear implants helped us open CI2019 in Miami by sharing her experience and empowering future users. Kennedy graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University and currently resides in Washington, DC. Here are highlights from her well received speech to the conference attendees.

Kennedy Patlan's full story.

Special Guest Kennedy Patlan Speaking at CI 2019 Miami | ACI Alliance



Jessica Chaikof, Senior, Wheaton College in Norton, MA

Throughout my life, my parents have always told me to never let my disability define me. As a deaf person who hears and speaks well with cochlear implants and attends mainstream schools, I will not lie and say that it has been easy or that my disability does not get in my way. There have been many occasions when I just wanted to give up because I felt tired. However, I must keep moving forward because I need to realize that people with disabilities are the strongest because they encounter far more challenges than anyone else.

Jessica Chaikof's Full Story



Ashley Jackson is a college student drawing on her own experience of being deaf and blind to pursue a degree in Family and Consumer Science.  Cochlear implants are helping her reach her academic goals and plan a future helping families that have children with special needs. 

Ashley Jackson's Portrait

The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.