Sunday, October 07, 2007

Student honored for achievement despite profound hearing loss

At the awards ceremony, keynote speaker Catherine A. Raggio, secretary of the state Department of Disabilities, greets therapy dog Nicholas of Fidos for Freedom dog-training facility and Nicholas’ trainer, Debbie Taylor. (Sun photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor / October 4, 2007)

Rahul Rajagopalan, who has complete hearing impairment, plays the piano and clarinet, has a 4.0 GPA in his advanced high school courses and excels at chess. "He is truly an exceptional young man," school counselor Will Schwarz said, "and he has not let his disability slow him down." The Sun (Baltimore)

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