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Discovering a Special Need Early Helps Parents Take Action

We all have a story. A story that defines us. And it is our collective story — our challenges, our triumphs — that inspire a movement. Floridians, from all walks of life, have joined together with an understanding that the future of our state rests on the well-being of our children. Here are some of their stories.

Alexandra DeMolina, the mother of a deaf child, wishes decision-makers would listen more to the concerns of Florida’s parents. Alex DeMolina didn’t get to watch as her profoundly deaf daughter, Kiersta, heard sound for the first time through her cochlear implant. DeMolina was holding the toddler on her lap as the doctor turned on the volume.

Luckily, Kiersta’s dad, Brian Archer, caught it all on video. They have watched that moment of delight and discovery together again and again. “It’s very emotional for us,” says DeMolina, of Tampa.

Read Alexandra's full story here.