Plano’s Dylan Rafaty Wins National Advocacy Award

Dylan Rafaty, Plano local, has been an advocate for disability rights for many years. Due to his own experience with hearing loss and physical disabilities, he personally understands the importance of advocating for all people with disabilities.

Every year, the Oticon Focus on People Awards recognize outstanding individuals who are committed to helping change the perception of what it means to have hearing loss. More than 13,000 votes were cast to select this year’s winners in four categories. Among the 12 winners, Dylan was recognized as the winner of the Advocacy award.

Dylan’s hard work over the years has included special education reform; working for C-Hear, Inc., a company that has developed a way for digital images to be heard; and founding DylanListed, a consulting company that provides individuals and families with guidance on employment, housing and transportation.

He also wrote a book, “Occupy Special Education – Children Should Be Seen And Heard” to encourage students with disabilities to speak up about their education needs. In addition, he is the vice chair for the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities as well as a board member for the Care and Mercy Foundation.

Dylan advocating in 2018 for the Lex Frieden Employment Awards by the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities // courtesy City of Plano
Dylan advocating in 2018 for the Lex Frieden Employment Awards by the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities // courtesy City of Plano

This award includes a free pair of hearing aids, $1,000 for Dylan and $1,000 to the charity of Dylan’s choice. Dylan selected Aid The Silent, an organization founded by his friend Emma Faye Rudkin.

“Our 2020 Award winners compellingly show how life-changing technology and the care of dedicated hearing care professionals can enable people with hearing loss to overcome challenges and accomplish goals well beyond what many thought possible,” said Nancy Palmere, director of consumer marketing and public relations for Oticon, Inc. “Each serves as a role model, helping to create awareness and change attitudes that can open doors of opportunity for all, but especially for people with hearing loss.”

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