Published author, super mom and Consultant to Cochlear Europe, Middle East & Africa: meet Jodi Cutler
Everything changed when Jodi discovered her son had a bilateral sensorineural profound hearing loss two months after moving to Italy in 1997. He was ten months old at the time, and the Audiologist said, “Your son is Deaf. You live in Italy. You must speak Italian to your son, no English, or he will be too confused and never learn to speak.” Hearing that at the time was just insult to injury.
Fast forward eight years when Jordan received his first cochlear implant, and their lives changed from incredibly difficult to liberating! The cochlear implant gave him access to his surrounding world filled with birds chirping, toilets flushing, cats meowing, and English.
In 2008 Jodi and her Dad published a book entitled 'Rally Caps'. The main character, modeled after her son Jordan is also a strong boy with a cochlear implant who throughout the story consoles his hearing friend and builds his confidence. The book provided a way for Jordan to find himself in literature, and helped overcome his fears and anxiety.
The publication led her to find support groups for families with deaf children, and many of the women in this group helped Jodi heal issues she never realized needed healing. Finding this support so powerful Jodi created such a group in Italy. The group expanded into a huge global network that eventually led to Jodi's current position as the Consultant to Cochlear Europe, Middle East and Africa, which enables her to help even more families find the resources and assistance they need to help their children achieve their full potential.
Jodi’s inspiration comes from seeing her children do things she never had the courage or opportunity to try- like skydiving! The desire to be able to travel with her children and send them to places she has never been motivates her to work harder. Investing in her children and providing them with unforgettable experiences, gives Jodi the greatest happiness.