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ABC re-airing William Austin on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

In November, ABC aired a story about making an Oak Park, Michigan home safe and communication-friendly for the deaf parents of a blind and autistic son on back-to-back episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

If you missed that show, ABC plans to re-air it on January 2, 2005 at 6 p.m. (CST). The episode features Starkey Hearing Foundation founder William F. Austin and Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin welcoming the Vardon family home and presenting a scholarship check.

Here is a recap of the story

When Stefan Vardon, 14, wrote a heartwarming school essay about his deaf parents and his blind and autistic 12-year-old brother, he had no idea that it would lead to the team from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition showing up at his family's home. The design team transformed the Vardons' ordinary, 980-square-foot house into a dream home outfitted with the latest communications and safety devices for people with hearing loss.

In the second hour, the family returns from a week-long vacation to a completely remodeled home equipped with the latest in assisted-living technology. During this segment, Austin and Matlin present Stefan with a $50,000 college scholarship check from the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Matlin also sat with Stefan's mother, Judy, while she had her hearing tested for the first time in 20 years. Amazingly, Judy discovered she has residual hearing and is a candidate for hearing instruments. Austin and his Foundation team will fit Judy and Stefan's father, Larry on January 4, 2005. ABC plans on airing a follow-up episode in February, 2005.

Remember, the re-airing of these back-to-back episodes takes place on Sunday, January 2, 2005 from 6:00-7:00 and 7:00-8:00 p.m. (CST) on ABC. To learn more about the Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.sotheworldmayhear.org.

Click here to visit the Starkey website.

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