Rachel Root has dedicated her life to helping children with special needs. She has been a special education teacher in New York City’s public schools. She currently works closely with families of children with special needs, helping them navigate the early intervention system in New Jersey. Rachel is also a chapter leader and consumer mentor for Advanced Bionics, a leading provider of cochlear implants, where she passionately helps newly diagnosed families navigate this difficult diagnosis. Rachel is an active member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Since her son Zachary was born profoundly deaf, Rachel has immersed herself in fundraising and awareness, including the Hearing Loss Association of America and Summit Speech School. Rachel holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Special Education from Touro College, where she graduated at the top of her class. Rachel lives in New Jersey with her husband, Jared, and two children, one of whom has Usher Syndrome type 1F.