PACS professionals testing audio equipment

At Washington University School of Medicine, diversity and inclusion are at the core of everything we do. The next generation of health care researchers and clinicians should reflect the diversity of our communities and hold the cultural competencies necessary to serve people of all backgrounds.

One particular focus area for the Program in Audiology & Communications Sciences is recruiting, training and supporting students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students who have firsthand experience with hearing loss bring unique and essential perspectives to our learning community and the profession as whole. Today, approximately 1 in 10 of our AuD and MSDE students is deaf or hard of hearing.

Liberty Moore portrait

“As a deaf individual myself, I quickly learned how rewarding this profession will be. During one of my first read-aloud lessons with a student at CID, the student noticed that I had cochlear implants. Her eyes instantly lit up when she found out that I have hearing devices like her. My cohort and instructors value learning from my experiences as a deaf student in class, too, and I appreciate that they want to learn from me.”

Liberty Moore, MSDE student

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