This is Penelope. A friend recently directed me to her Instagram account. She has been on her natural hair journey for three years now. Coming from a Dominican family, she knows all too well the struggles that come from embracing curly hair because so much emphasis has been put on how beautiful straight hair is and how messy curly hair looks; that applies to different cultures. She along with so many others are breaking those stereotypes and changing the way people look at curly hair. Penelope is not only making an impact in the curl community, but she is also making an impact in the deaf & HOH (hard of hearing) community.
Penelope’s fascination with the human ear began when she was in college. Yet, it was after college that she had to opportunity to work in a field related to her passion. She began working at a preschool whose student body consisted primarily of students who suffer from hearing loss. In that environment, she was introduced to hearing aids, Baha (technology that combines a sound processor with a small titanium fixture implanted behind the ear) and cochlear implants; she fell in love with all of it. It was then that she decided to pursue her career as a hearing specialist. Today, all of her students have hearing loss. Her goal is to have them speak up for themselves and make them understand that they are amazing individuals. She firmly believes that their hearing loss does not define them.
Thank you, Penelope, for sharing your story with us. We appreciate you, your passion and your love for the deaf/HOH community.