La Toya stayed with her auntie
When she was just about one year old.
That night, when she slept
Her auntie switched the light off…
La Toya started to scream.
She wanted to keep her eyes open.
La Toya’s Auntie switched the light on …
La Toya stopped crying.
La Toya’s auntie knew there was something wrong with her
She had a good idea …
She picked up some pans and made a noise
BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG
Auntie said something wrong
La Toya was born profoundly deaf.
La Toya doesn’t mind she is deaf!
She loves sign language.
She is never embarrassed when she signs in public.
She is the only deaf person in her family.
She is very outgoing,
She gets very excited and she is always a happy girl!
Her dream is to become an actress
And to have my own performance company.
Deaf people are not the same as hearing
Deaf people are not the same as each other
They are very different.
Signing, lip-reading, BSL, SSE and spoken English.
Deaf people have lots of differences like hearing people.
Loud, quiet, funny, down to earth and loyal
In the world, there are lots of different people
Disabled, deaf, different accents, different languages
Whatever they are
It is natural!!
I have cochlear implant
Because I deaf.
I take implant off.
I can’t hear.
I can hear.
I like Mr. Bean.
He can’t hear.
He is funny.
I am deaf.
I am happy deaf.
I don’t like signing.
I like talking.
I can talk.
When I was little,
First I had hearing aids.
Then I got a cochlear Implant.
I feel excited,
Because I got both now.
I help my family.
My family are very kind
I feel very happy.
When people ask me
“Why are you deaf?”
I feel sad and shy.
People ask me
“What is that thing in your ear?”
I feel lonely and worried.
When my mum
Talks to me
I can understand.
I feel calm