#TeamTuesday Feature: Kamili Belton
February 1, 2022
Every Tuesday, Beginnings SC will highlight the professionals across South Carolina doing amazing work in their role to help deaf & hard of hearing children in our state reach their fullest potential! It takes an entire team (or a village, if you will) to provide families with the best support and resources to help their children.
Featured: Kamili Belton, Regional Mental Health Counselor, SC Dept. of Mental Health
What would you like us to know about you?
I grew up in SC, I learned about my hearing loss when I was 5 years old. I self taught myself how to lip read even before I knew what "lip reading" was. I utilize both oral and ASL in all areas of my life.
How did you get involved with Beginnings?
I was invited by Mary Reaves who was my internship supervisor at DMH before I even considered a career in counseling. Cara was one of my teachers in middle school. I am able to assist them with referrals to attending events, etc for families and children around SC.
What are your aspirations?
I couldn't give you an idea of what my aspirations were, but my dream remains the same: counseling and sharing emotional support in whatever capacity I can give it to families with deaf children.
What is something you'd like to share with others?
Deaf people/children are more than just our disability and with the right support and access they will soar and for that I am forever grateful to my family most of all my mother for pushing me.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Strawberries and peanut butter; sweet with a little salty and yet savory.