Read Ruby's story
“Hi my name is Ruby and I am currently 18 years old.
“When I was between the ages of 3-4 years old, I attended The Elizabeth Foundation one day a week and went to a mainstream preschool nursery 3 days a week. I then went to mainstream primary and secondary schools and got some good GCSEs that I am proud of.
“I used to wear hearing aids when I was at these settings, but now I wear two Advanced Bionics Niada processors. My time at The Elizabeth Foundation, paired with my cochlear implant processors have helped me to hear so confidently and be independent in lots of different ways.
“I am currently studying towards a Level 3 Children’s Play and Learning Development course at Brockenhurst College where I get the opportunity to do time in college and time on placement. I passed my driving test first time, which is amazing as I can get myself from A to B.
“The Elizabeth Foundation helped me and my family to understand deafness more and gave me the stepping stones to go to school, helping with my listening, speech and understanding and more importantly helped me to be confident with my ears!”
"The Elizabeth Foundation gave me the stepping stones to go to school, helping with my listening, speech and understanding and more importantly helped me to be confident with my ears!"