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Cochlear implant teenager first deaf person to get Duke of Edinburgh award

Posted Jun 12 2009 5:48pm

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19-year-old Ross Grant has made history by becoming the first deaf person to win the Duke of Edinburgh leadership award. Prince Phillip will present the award to him at St James’ Palace in London.

Ross had a cochlear implant 11 years ago and attended the Mary Hare School for deaf children in Berkshire, which was where he started the Duke of Edinburgh award.

The teenager has worked hard for nine years to earn the honour, in which he’s done voluntary work, lead camping expeditions and taken part in all sorts of outdoor activities.

He believes the award makes good use of people’s time, as it’s given him a great deal of confidence through meeting new people and learning valuable leadership skills.

Currently studying business at Kilmarnock College, Ross is preparing to do a sponsored climb of Ben Nevis in aid of the charity West Scotland Deaf Children’s Society this summer.

As featured in the Kilmarnock Standard.

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