Graduate's story - Ryan
“My name is Ryan Jones, and I was left
profoundly deaf as a result of pneumococcal
meningitis at the age of 16 months.
“I had a cochlear implant when I was 3½
and I can honestly say that it was the best
gift that my parents gave me. I attended
The Elizabeth Foundation, where my family
and I received the best support we possibly
could get and made some lifelong friends.
“After leaving the Foundation I attended
school and achieved 12 GCSE A–C grades,
then went to college and studied A Level
Maths, Physics and Product Design. I then
furthered my education at the University
of Portsmouth, where I received a 2:1
degree in Electronic Engineering. I won’t
lie, it wasn’t easy but I had the right level
of support to get me there. One of the best
things that came from uni was that I met
my fiancée Naz.
“Since university, I’ve been working for a
company for 4 years as an Engineer for
the development team who design and
manufacture medical monitors. I have recently been promoted to the position of Product Engineer. It’s a really
varied and interesting job, and I love it.
“I have been fortunate enough to buy a
house with my fiancée 2 years ago, and we
are currently organising our wedding, as we
are getting married at the end of June 2017!
“In summary, my cochlear implant has
helped me to live a normal life and I
wouldn’t be where I am without it. The
Elizabeth Foundation was an amazing
place for me and my family, and they have
helped us all through a hard time in our
lives. It will always be a special place.”