Born in 1950, Miss Thomas had a sudden and total loss of hearing at the age of 18 months. Her parents were told she would never amount to anything and that she should be institutionalized.
Her parents devoted themselves to helping their precious daughter prepare for a productive life. With little support from professionals and no knowledge of deaf culture, Sue was placed in the public school and tutored by experts in developing her voice and lip-reading skills.
At the age of 7 she became the youngest Ohio State free-style skating champion in skating history.
She graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs.
Her expert ability to read lips eventually led to her being hired by the F.B.I. working with an elite undercover surveillance team.
Miss Thomas is also the founder of “The Levi Foundation” (in memory of her first service dog). This program trains dogs to service people with multiple disabilities. A need Miss Thomas discovered when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001.
She also actively fulfills public speaking engagements as an inspirational speaker.
An amazing woman!
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