Pearl River 9-Year-Old Presents "I am Deaf" to School Board

Tommy Carroll, a 9-year-old Pearl River resident who is deaf, made a presentation about American Sign Language and implants that help him interact during Tuesday's board of education meeting.

Pearl River resident Tommy Carroll, 9, just wants to be able to talk with people.

That presents a challenge because Carroll is deaf.

Carroll encouraged people to learn American Sign Language and talked about the importance of communication in a presentation to the Pearl River Board of Education Tuesday entitled "I am Deaf."

Carroll has implants that help him to hear better and he is able to speak out loud a little, but he relies heavily on sign language to communicate. He was aided Tuesday by Sharon Chason, who works with Carroll as an interpreter for Westchester BOCES at the Ridge Street School in Rye Brook.

Carroll said the Pledge of Allegiance, then made his presentation in sign language before fielding questions from members of the Pearl River Board of Education. See the video attached for part of his presentation.  

"We're so proud of Tommy and the progress he has made to be able to present to the board," said Pearl River Director of Special Services Carolyn Moffa. 

Pam Thomas January 10, 2013 at 04:48 PM
We could not be more proud of you, Tommy!
michael frederick regan January 11, 2013 at 02:45 AM
way to go tommy!!!! i was denied interperters in school i was a advocate even like u i started at 9


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