A PRIMARY school student from Bulli has spoke in Federal Parliament to encourage government support for hearing loss services.
Seven-year-old Harper Rollinson is one of thousands of children in Australia living with a hearing loss.
On Thursday, September 8, Harper spoke at the First Voice ‘Power of Speech’ event, which showcased the achievements of children who are deaf and use spoken language to communicate, challenging the perceptions of what children with hearing loss can achieve.
The Power of Speech took place at Parliament House in Canberra, with several MPs in attendance, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Seven children from First Voice Centres, who have received cochlear implants, took to the stage to share how they defy commonly held misconceptions about growing up with a hearing loss.
Harper was first diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 12 months when the Shepherd Centre began providing guidance and support to help her speak, hear and use a Cochlear device.
The Shepherd Centre is a not-for-profit organisation providing specialised programs for children with hearing loss and their families.
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