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    Posted August 25, 2014 by
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    Joshua Tozeski: Traveler and Educator

     
    Approximately three out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing and about 36 million American adults report some degree of hearing loss with age, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. For many Americans with hearing impediments, life is complete with obstacles and inconveniences. However, for some, like Joshua Tozeski, a communication barrier presents him with a life of opportunity and gratitude.
    After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in 2014, Josh Tozeski contributes to the community around him by helping others achieve academic success. Whether it is tutoring K-12 and community college students or being a teacher assistant for upper division classes, Josh Tozeski’s career revolves around the academic calendar.
    “I’m proud to be able to watch my students grow, learn and graduate after working together,” he said.
    Josh is also a twelve year participant of the Academic Bowl, a member of the Junior National Association for the Deaf along with the National Association for the Deaf. At his university, Cal State University at Northridge, Josh was the commissioner of the deaf and hard of hearing community. He also served in clubs like the National Center on Deafness’ Student Body Government.
    Aside from his academic contributions, Josh is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. He is a main cast role actor in the CSUN Deaf Theatre, the assistant technician for the Red Carpet Premise, a part-time actor for the television series “Switched At Birth,” a recruiter for the National Center on Deafness at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont and volunteers at several Deaf Festivals each year.
    Josh is thankful for the many opportunities he has and his ability to help others reach their goals without letting a communication barrier interfere. Unlike many others, Josh does not let a communication barrier hinder his future, he, instead, uses it to create one.
    “Without my mother, I would not be a successful person,” he said. “I wouldn’t be in school for the deaf, I wouldn’t have any access to communicate with my family, I wouldn’t be in the teaching field and the various other activities I’m involved in that make me who I am today.”
    While Josh has thoroughly traveled both of the Americas and Asia, he hopes to continue experiencing other continents and discovering new places on the planet before obtaining his Masters and settling down.

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