Dan Jarvis lost the majority of his hearing at 18 months old when he contracted meningococcal meningitis Now aged 36, he is 98.5% deaf but Dan doesn’t believe deafness has to be a disadvantage in life.
Dan said, “Deafness taught me to never give up.” His mission is to improve the lives of deaf people which was the main driver for doing an MBA. He continued, “Studying at night and weekends while working full-time was draining.” Then there was the extra challenge of listening to lectures via Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreters with Dan sometimes needing to fill in gaps if they were having difficulty relaying information.
Now Dan works for the Queensland Department of Education, volunteers in the deaf community, mentoring teenagers through the Hear For You program, and helping parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing children through Deaf Children Australia.
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