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Mandy Harvey

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About Mandy Harvey An American jazz singer and songwriter, Mandy Harvey is also deaf. She was a Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, but left the program when she lost her residual hearing in 2006-07 at the age of 18 due to a degenerative neurological disorder. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She quickly became a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and then branched out to having regular concerts at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver (Top 100 Jazz venues in the world). With three jazz recordings to her credit, Mandy prepares to break more barriers with her new recording, “This Time!” In 2009, Mandy’s first album, Smile was released to widespread praise. Since then, she has released two more critically acclaimed albums: 2010’s After You’ve Gone and, in 2014, All of Me. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing, pitch and passion are perfect; that’s why the media have taken notice. In 2017, she appeared on America’s Got Talent, winning the Golden Buzzer award. She also has won a 2015 IDA Inspiration Award from Invisible Disabilities Association. With support from friends, family and her faith, Mandy continues to find and spread joy with her music.

“Good Vibrations Only” Experiment Purpose: To examine (hear and feel) sound waves. Materials: You will need a partner and a balloon. Method: 1. Blow up the balloon. 2. Hold it against your ear. 3. Ask your partner to press their lips against the balloon and speak. 4. Repeat steps 3 and 4 but this time you should speak and your friend should listen. Conclusion: Sound is created when an object moves and the air around it vibrates creating sound waves.

Courtesy Kill o’ the Grange N.S., Deansgrange, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, 2010. Retrieved from

Vocabulary Terms deaf: unable to hear Deaf community: a group of people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and those who support them degenerative: condition that gets worse over time obstacle: anything that makes it difficult for you to do something piano: a large musical instrument with a row of black and white keys sound waves: vibrations that carry noise ukulele: a small guitar with four strings vibrate: shakes with repeated small quick movements volume: 1. the amount of space that an object contains 2. the level of sound intensity Created in partnership with

The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University. FCRR explores all aspects of reading research—basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment.

Florida State University’s American Sign Language Honor Society is a newly founded chapter that aspires to better understand the Deaf community that surrounds them. The members are active participants in the Deaf community and in American Sign Language.


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