And just yesterday she became something else — a hearing person. Her decision to have the implants was big news, and she was featured on several news programs. Communication and Education Heather started out at her local school, using speech and hearing aids, but by 4th grade, she wanted to meet other deaf kids.
She then went on to study at Jacksonville State University. She won Miss America in in Atlantic City. When the first runner-up was announced, she could not hear the host Regis Philbin but could read his lips.
The device was activated on September 19, While not actually a beauty pageant, the experience gave her the confidence to begin entering pageants. While at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, which focuses on developing speech and speechreading skills as the primary form of communication.
But then McCallum became a mother and realized there were sounds she really ached to hear, particularly on the day that her older son, John, who is 2 years old, fell in the backyard.
Background Heather was born hearing in Inshe got a second implant for her left ear. While at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St.
With the implant, she plans to help raise awareness among the hearing-impaired community about the opportunities available for improving speech and language. Of 28 million Americans who are profoundly deaf or have a significant hearing loss, at leastcan benefit from a cochlear implant.
Strengthening Brain Connections Even though McCallum can technically "hear," it will still take a long time, maybe a few years, for her to be able to really interpret what is being said, according to Dr.
She competed for the Miss Alabama title three times before winning it, which finally sent her to the Miss America competition. Louis, Missourishe learned two grade levels per year.
She has also spoken out in detail about her close relationship with God, one that she has had ever since she rediscovered church as a teenager.
Heather was unable to keep up with her classwork and began to fall behind her peers. It began when I was eighteen months old, when I lost my hearing. Heather returned to Johns Hopkins to be fitted with the external part of her cochlear implant, the ESPrit 3G ear-level speech processor, and have the device turned on for the first time.
Since then McCallum, now 29, has become a wife and a mother of two little boys. Heather believes that the biggest handicap in the world is negative thinking and that people handicap themselves by concentrating only on the negative instead of the positive.
Heather said she was molded by parents, teachers and speech therapists. Heather was inspired by her family to work hard and never quit trying.Heather Whitestone was the first woman with a disability to be crowned Miss America in the Pageant's 75 year history.
Heather lost her hearing at the age of eighteen months when she was rushed to the hospital with a dangerously high fever, the cause of which was later diagnosed as.
Heather Whitestone was the first woman with a disability to be crowned Miss America in Sep 19, · A deaf dancer from Alabama was named Miss America on Saturday, becoming the first woman with a major disability to wear the crown.
Heather Whitestone, a year-old collegian from Birmingham, was. When the winner of the Miss America was announced, Heather Whitestone McCallum turned to her fellow finalist to see if she cried, knowing that it is almost always the winner who bursts into.
Miss Americathe 68th Miss America pageant, was held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, September 17, and was televised by the NBC Network. Heather Whitestone, the winner representing Alabama, became the first deaf Miss America.
Miss America On September 17,Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America During her year of service as Miss America, Heather focused her efforts and activities on motivating our nation's citizens to achieve their dreams through dedication, commitment and hard work.Download