Culver City, California( CNN) Twenty years ago, Michelle Christie directed a stage performance. The performers were all students with hearing loss.

As a teacher, Christie had been helping them learn to speak — and listen. Theater, she realise, brought a noticeable the process of improving their oral language skills and self-esteem.

“When you have characters in garb and they’re all with all their friends who had a hearing loss, they felt like they belonged, ” Christie said. “I recollect just looking at the audience a lot and insuring mothers just weep. They’re just so happy to see that their child can do this.”

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