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Brave Dylan is the face of Sense

LITTLE Dylan Harrison is a unique toddler.

LITTLE Dylan Harrison is a unique toddler.

The 13-month-old has a rare condition called CHARGE which causes both visual and hearing impairments.

Last week, to mark Deafblind Awareness Week (June 22-28), Dylan became the face of a fund-raising appeal by national charity Sense.

Mother Emma said that because of his age it is hard to be sure of the precise extent of his disability despite the fact that he wears a hearing aid in his left ear and has no auditory nerve in his right ear.

“Dylan communicates with sounds. If he wants more he’ll say ‘ah ah’,” she said.

“Communication wise, Dylan now signs far more and claps when he is happy or pleased with himself. I sign to tell him that he is going for a bath or to bed and he seems to get excited when I sign that we are going in the car.”

Parents Emma and Russell receive a lot of support from Sense especially from Jenny Fletcher.

The outreach worker visits the Harrison household every month and arranged for the parents to meet other families seven weeks after Dylan was born.

“She teaches us all how to press the right buttons and not wrap Dylan up in cotton wool,” added Emma.

To support Sense visit or call 0845 127 0067.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
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