Twillingate makes things safer for hearing-impaired children


TWILLINGATE, NL – Laine Broderick is as adventurous as any other three-year-old.

He’s got his legs back and likes to show off his ability to run whenever he can.

“(Laine) is a cute and charming child,” said her mother, Julie-Anne Broderick of Twillingate.

Laine is a child with profound hearing loss and his hearing is less than that of his peers. When he makes the most of his days outdoors, Laine doesn’t always hear the cars and all-terrain vehicle users who frequent the areas around his house. The batteries in his cochlear implants may need to be changed or there may be other noises around him that prevent him from hearing incoming vehicles.

To make things safer for their son, the Brodericks have asked the town of Twillingate to put up signs advising people that there is a child with profound hearing loss in the area.

Laine Broderick, who suffers from profound hearing loss, is pictured here in front of a sign in his neighborhood in Twillingate indicating the presence of a child with profound hearing loss. Photo courtesy of Julie-Anne Broderick. – Contributed

A few weeks ago, three signs alerting motorists were installed in the neighborhood.

“It’s a feeling of relief for us,” said Broderick. “We are a very active family and our children play outside a lot and we live in a very busy tourist area.

“For us it was really important to have them. “

The Brodericks first wrote to city council last summer asking for signs to be placed near their property in the Back Harbor area of ​​Twillingate.

In a relatively short time, the decision was made to install the three panels as requested by the family.

These signs are not only intended for vehicle traffic, but also for off-road vehicle traffic.

“We wanted drivers to be safer in the area,” said Twillingate Mayor Grant White. “I hope this will reassure the family.”

For the Brodericks, the signs are another example of the strong support they have received from their community.

They were supportive of Laine when he was diagnosed with profound hearing loss and when it came time to choose his cochlear implants.

“The community has really come over to him,” said Broderick. “We felt a sense of pride.

“I am proud of my community standing behind me.

Nicholas Mercer is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering central Newfoundland for Saltwire Network.


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