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    New Country Motor Cars Helps Grant “mEARicles” To Deaf Children In Jamaica

    By sponsoring a Connecticut missionary's trip to Jamaica, the New Country Motor Car Group in Hartford helped to educate deaf children who have traditionally been underserved. Jay Sottolano of Simsbury has been working with the charity Songs for Sound in Nashville, Tennessee for almost 5 years.

    Songs for Sound was established to reach deaf children who are not being given the chance to receive the life-changing miracle of cochlear implants or hearing aids. The Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf (JCSD) exists to provide a safe school and home for deaf children of Jamaica. These children are taught in a classroom environment, fed and clothed. Prior to cochlear implants, a profoundly deaf child could hear nothing - now the children can hear a whisper. Children with Cochlear Implants (CIs) score at or above their hearing peers in academics when early intervention mechanisms are in place, however, nearly 50% of children diagnosed with hearing loss at birth, who reside in rural areas--never return for services.

    “When we began a partnership with JCSD, they advised us that their biggest problem is upon graduation, the child is sent back into the hearing world where no one can communicate with them. Jobless and homeless, the world around them cannot communicate with them,” said Sottolano. “But with the generosity of businesses like New Country, we can change that.”

    “We believe in helping kids no matter where they live,” said New Country Mercedes-Benz General Manager Mark Hoch, “Jay explained that with little to no resources, the families of these children cannot care for their needs. Deaf children in third-world countries, such as Jamaica, are often left behind and we’re happy to help ensure that they remain on the road of continued success in life.”

    To learn more about Songs for Sound, please email Jaime Vernon at jvernon@songsforsound.com or Jay Sottolano at ImagesByJAS@gmail.com.

    New Country Motor Cars Inc. is Connecticut’s foremost authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer offering top-notch new and used Mercedes-Benz sales, service, parts and accessories. Visit the showroom at 1 Weston Street, Hartford CT or www.newcountrymotorcars.com for more information.
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