Jocelyn Ross has been married to Akil for 18 years and is a proud mother of Alyssa (11) and AJ (7). At birth, the newborn hearing screening alerted us that Alyssa was hard of hearing. Follow up tests confirmed her progressive hearing loss. She started with amplification using hearing aids and transitioned to cochlear implants. We researched resources and services to help her gain access to hearing so she could speak and learn. Unfortunately, we learned hearing aids are not covered by insurance and these costs can prohibit families from obtaining vital devices.

As a result, Jocelyn founded Let South Carolina Hear (LSCH) to advocate for families in the deaf and hard of hearing community. The LSCH mission is to promote, lobby and advocate for legislation that will require insurance companies to cover the cost of hearing aids. When a need is identified it’s important that members of a community support each other. Jocelyn has been fighting for the deaf and hard of hearing community for over a decade.

Jocelyn is currently serving and president of SC Hands & Voices. This organization provides  another avenue to help families receive resources and supports for all children.  Being a part of Beginnings SC as a parent specialist further helps in serving the SC DHH community.

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