Sabina Alam was born with a severe hearing-loss in both ears. Growing up, she learned to communicate using sign language and reading lips. Also, Alam has developed a passion for acting. Today, she lives in Columbia, Mo. where she is eager to express her punk rock lifestyle and her opinions on life and politics. Alam overcame many obsticles when she was younger, now she is preparing to graduate college and become a professional playwright.
Sabina Alam’s hearing aid on her right ear. Alam cannot hear out of her left ear, and she only has 0.5% hearing in her right ear. Her hearing aid only provides a slight glimpse to the sounds of the outside world. “Everything sounds muffled,” she says. “Whenever I hear a sound behind me, I ask what is that.”*Click the picture to see slideshow.
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Earl Briggs had to grow up faster than some of his classmates at St. James High School. He moved out of his parent’s home when he was 16. Things were too chaotic around there — too much drinking and too much drama, he says. He moved into an apartment with a friend and got a job at McDonald’s to pay the rent. Earl is now a senior with one foot still in his youth, and the other firmly planted in the adult world.*click on the image at left to see slideshow