Mission: That Deaf RDH provides higher educational opportunities to today’s deaf or hard of hearing students aspiring to pursue a career in dental hygiene. Providing information, development programs, and resources to financially support dental hygiene students makes higher education possible for students who might otherwise be deprived of this opportunity.
Vision: We strive to ensure every deaf or hard-of-hearing person has the financial and community support they need to achieve their goal of becoming a dental hygienist.
The founder of That Deaf RDH, Amanda, was born with bilateral profound hearing loss. Amanda has grown up with various adversities and set out to break down the barriers. Amanda graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduating, she spent several years working with special needs children. Amanda later returned to school to pursue a degree in dental hygiene at Northern Virginia Community College. She became a licensed dental hygienist in 2017 and has been practicing as a clinical dental hygienist ever since. She currently holds dual licenses in Virginia and Texas.
Amanda began to research for a blog about deaf or hard of hearing dental professionals that are working in the industry and she was surprised at how few articles there were relating to the topic. Through her various searches she realized there’s not enough of us. Us being deaf or hard of hearing dental professionals. The deaf and hard-of-hearing population makes up less than 1% of the professionals working in the dental field.
Challenges in this particular setting include difficulties communicating due to masks, background dental noises, and a lack of deaf awareness. Amanda’s goal is to increase accessibility to oral health care regardless of circumstances.
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That Deaf RDH is a scholarship awarded to any deaf or hard-of-hearing person(s) attending an accredited dental hygiene school to help cover supplemental costs such as uniforms, scrubs, loupes, instruments, exam fees, etc.
All proceeds will go towards the non-profit mission and helping DoHH pursue their dental education.
Thank you for your support!