Sophie’s life has dramatically changed for the better since her family realised the health system was not going to pay for the hearing aids and remote microphone she needed and they mortgaged their home to purchase them.
The National Foundation for the Deaf is launching a GiveALittle Page today to raise funds for a minimum of 50 pairs of hearing aids and remote microphones for children living with Auditory Processing Disorder.
Before her family did that, Sophie was a solitary figure observing life from the side line whereas now, she is going from strength to strength. She raises her hand to answer questions at school and doesn't need to constantly look around to try and figure out what is happening around her. She is no longer exhausted by the stress of trying to understand the classroom environment and has become a popular girl in her class, often leading the play. Sophie is now on the path to being a successful student as she is able to hold her own educationally with her peers.
Sophie, aged 6 years is one of a number of children in New Zealand with hearing loss caused by an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) which affects their ability to hear, learn and have a happy and carefree life that every child deserves.
Imagine if you will, the children whose families are not in the situation of being able to mortgage their homes to purchase the hearing aids and remote microphone they need? Sadly, there are hundreds of children that can’t get the support they need through the New Zealand health system. They are caught in the politics and we say enough.
The National Foundation for the Deaf is so concerned about the lack of support for these children and families that it has set up a Give A Little page. The Foundation CEO Louise Carroll says “It’s a tragedy and an indictment when a national charity needs to step in to fundraise for hearing aids and remote microphones for children with any type of hearing loss.”
"We are fundraising to support 50 kids in New Zealand that come from families that cannot afford to buy the hearing equipment they desperately need."