Title: 'Keys to Success: Communication, Commitment, Conviction'
Track: -
Keyword(s): parenting, advocacy, early intervention
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the essential role of family involvement in enabling deaf children to become successful adults.
  2. Produce a list of potential strategies for clear communication at home, as shared by a young deaf adult from her own childhood experiences.
  3. Evaluate family, clinical, and larger social attitudes about the potential deaf children possess to succeed on par with their hearing peers.


Family support is paramount to the success of any child – and especially so for a child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. In this talk, Stanford graduate and Rhodes Scholar Rachel Kolb, who was born deaf, shares insights about what can be possible when involved parents seek information and resources, invest in communication and advocacy, and most of all foster the belief that anything is possible for their deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Rachel’s talk will share personal experiences of how her family made positive and enduring choices during her early years, thereby enabling her to thrive as a young deaf adult in a hearing world.
Presentation: Watch Plenary 2, Part 2: Keys to Success: Communication, Commitment, Conviction

Monday_Grand Ballroom AB_430_RachelKolb_1725.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: EHDI Plenary II- 1725.docx
Plenary 2- 1725.pdf
Rachel Kolb - Primary Presenter
University of Oxford
     Credentials: B.A. and M.A., English Literature, Stanford University; M.St., English literature (1900-present), University of Oxford; M.Sc. candidate, Education, University of Oxford
      A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico who has been profoundly deaf since birth, Rachel Kolb received her B.A. and M.A. in English literature from Stanford University in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Rachel was named a Rhodes Scholar in November 2012 and has since completed a M.St. degree, also in English, at the University of Oxford. She is now pursuing a M.Sc. in education at Oxford, with a focus on accessibility in higher education. Rachel aspires to become a writer, scholar, and public disability advocate; she has blogged and published essays and opinion pieces in venues ranging from the Stanford Daily and Stanford magazine to the Albuquerque Journal and the International Journal of Medical Students. She has also presented at conferences across the country, including TEDx Stanford in May 2013. In her free time, she enjoys writing, equestrian sports, hiking, traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.