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contact dr karen dilka eastern kentucky university
Contact: Dr. Karen DilkaEastern Kentucky University
  • Date submitted to deafed.net – May 29, 2007
  • To contact the author for permission to use this PowerPoint, please e-mail: Karen.Dilka@EKU.EDU
  • To use this PowerPoint presentation in its entirety, please give credit to the author.
background information
Background Information
  • Born Feb. 24, 1973 in Dothlan, Alabama
  • At 18 months contracted a type of influenza.
  • Treated with 2 types of antibiotics
  • After the combination of these, she was left completely deaf in her right ear, and had a 95% hearing loss in the left ear.
education
Education
  • Learned lip reading and speech at Doreen Pollack Acoupedics Center in Denver.
  • Attended public elementary school in Alabama.
  • She went on to attended a 3yr. Program at Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis
education con t
Education Con’t.
  • Attended Birmingham Arts Academy to study ballet
  • Graduated from public high school with a 3.6 GPA, without the use of a ASL interpreter
  • Went on to attend Alabama’s Jacksonville State university
on the road to miss america
On the Road to Miss America
  • Entered pageants to help pay for her education
  • Participated in the Miss Deaf Alabama Pageant
  • Placed 1st Runner -Up in the Miss Alabama Pageant before winning
becoming miss america
Becoming Miss America
  • Performed ballet routine and received a standing ovation
  • Won talent and swim suit competitions
  • Her official platform was “With a positive attitude, anything is possible”
s t a r s
S*T*A*R*S
  • SUCCESS THROUGH ACTION AND REALIZATION
    • 1. Have a positive attitude
    • 2. Believe in your dream
    • 3. Face you obstacles
    • 4. Work hard
    • 5. Build a support team
views of communication
Views of Communication
  • Believes that ASL is constraining
  • Prefers Signed Exact English
  • Depends on her eyes and lip reading for communication
  • Does not consider herself as part of the Deaf community
what heather is doing now
What Heather is doing now
  • Serves as a executive board member on the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
  • Involved with a public service campaign to identify early hearing loss
  • Works with the Helen Keller eye research foundation
fun facts
Fun Facts
  • S*T*A*R*S program has been introduced in a Birmingham area school
  • Heather married a former Congressional Aide, John McCallum
  • She writes devotionals and delivers inspirational speeches
  • Her mother used Heather’s interest in Princess Di to inspire written and oral exercises
how to contact heather
How to contact Heather
  • Arrange speaking engagements through her agent: Washington Speakers Bureau 1663 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314
  • For autographed pictures write to: Heather Whitestone McCalllum P.O. Box 672801 Marietta, GA 30006
resources
Resources
  • www.wpsd.org/deafawareness/hwhitestone.html
  • Yes, You Can, Heather! By Daphne Gray
  • www. Jsu.edu/alumni/missamerica.html
  • “Beyond the Sound Barrier” Time Magazine 10/3/94
  • “Cut To The Chaste” People Magazine 4/1/96