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Bobbi Barras was a stay at home mom and did volunteer work at the schools her children attended. She started her teaching career with G.G.U.S.D. in 1972 where she developed the Lipreading Program. Between 1972 and 1999 she also taught academics to normal hearing students and developed & taught the 5 course GED Preparation Program and the 5 course Teen Parent Program in the Adult Education Division.
She's been told that she is the only profoundly hearing impaired teacher in the U.S. who taught normal hearing students academics without an interpreter in the classroom to service her need.
In 1976 she became a founding Instructor for Coastline Community College where she developed & taught Speechreading & ProActive Solutions to Hearing Impairment and Communicating Effectively with those who have Hearing Loss of the Nerve Type. She retired from Coastline as a Professor and from G.G. as a teacher in June, 1999. Ms. Barras became a teacher before she started college and that's another story....but what a story it is!
She is an Advocate nationally for those with hearing loss of the nerve type and her clientele reads like a Who's Who with top CEO's, celebrity field and the general public. She was Sr. Advisor at PBS for 4 one hour documentaries that was highly received nationally. She presented research papers at the Univ. of Santa Barbara, Prague, Czechoslovakia; Kenya, Africa; Sydney & Melbourne, Australia.
Other honors include being named one of the Most Interesting Citizens in Orange County Magazine; was presented the Emeritus Laureate Award for Outstanding Services in Special Education by Coastline Community College. She founded Barras Homes, Inc. in 1992 for disabled adults. This is a business where the turnover employment rate is every 6 months yet she still has most of the same employees that started in 1994. She was nominated and selected as #1 out of over 60,000 nominations state wide for the Governor's 2002 Exemplary Employer Award for Small Business.
She's listed in Who's Who as one of 2000 Notable Women in America , Who's Who on the West Coast and the Millennium Who's Who in America. In 2009 and 2010 she was nominated and selected as Woman of the Year.
Ms. Barras graduated in 1980 from Cal State Univ., Long Beach, with a BA Degree in Psychology, Certificate in Clinical Psy., Cert. in Gerontology, & later earned her ARF & RCFE Adm. Cert.
Ms. Barras lost her hearing at the age of 4 as a result of her mother having German Measles during pregnancy. By the age of 14 it was diagnosed as a severe loss and by the age of 18 it was diagnosed as a profound loss of the nerve type.
She is married and she and her husband have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Ms. Barras has spent her entire life helping others help themselves and her work continues.
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