Heather Whitestone: The First Miss

Unfortunately, I could not hear any sound from my right ear even with the help of hearing aid. For this reason, I used my right ear for the cochlear implant. My right ear had been sleeping for 28 years until the cochlear implant woke it up on September 19th, 2002″ (“FAQ,” Heather Whitestone Webpage, 2010). Heather writes on her webpage that she strongly supports implants for children and decided to have one as an adult so she could hear the voices of her two young sons.

Whitestone was not only “the first deaf Miss America; in fact, she was the first Miss America with a physical disability of any kind” (“Heather Whitestone,” Alabama, 2003). She and continues to come fire because of her public and vocal support of acoupedics and orally-based deaf education. Today, Whitestone lives in Alabama, raising her children.

Whitestone married a hearing man, John McCallum, an aide to Newt Gingrich, and has worked as a conservative activist and in support of issues in line with her devout Christian beliefs. Whitestone also works as a motivational speaker promoting her program STARS program (Success Through Action and Realization of your dreamS). STARS is a program focused generally on personal empowerment, not upon aiding individuals with deafness but Whitestone also acts as a spokesperson for the need for new technologies in treating deafness and hearing loss.

Works Cited

“FAQ.” Heather Whitestone. Official Webpage. February 23, 2010.

“Heather Whitestone.” Alabama. 2003. February 23, 2010.

“Heather Whitestone.” Perfect People. February 23, 2010.

Winzer, Margret a. & Kas Mazurek. Special education in the 21st century. Chapter 11.

New York: Gallaudet Press, 2010. Excerpted.

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