Deaf since 18 months old
Inspiration for TV Show "Sue Thomas:FBEye"
Captivating her audience and leaving them speechless is the trademark of Sue Thomas. The inspiration behind the award winning family TV series, SUE THOMAS: FBEye, she not only has captured the hearts of millions of Americans but also hearts in 64 nations around the world where the TV show is syndicated.
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Sue faced overwhelming odds when at the age of 18 months she became profoundly deaf. Instead of institutionalizing Sue, her dedicated parents set out to provide the tools that would enable Sue to live and survive in the world of sound. It was imperative to them that little Sue would learn to speak, even though she heard nothing. Years of speech therapy gave her the voice that would one day be heard around the world. Deemed “a dummy” and put into the slow learner class throughout her public school days she was finally discovered by her typing teacher who saw the raw potential that was concealed by Sue’s deafness. Through the life of this teacher, Sue went on to college where she studied Political Science, International Relations and received her BS degree before doing post-graduate work in counseling at Case Western Reserve and Columbia Bible College and Seminary. The highlight of her professional career was in Washington, DC, where her unique lip-reading abilities were recruited by the FBI.
Sue’s story has been documented in a PBS special as well as being featured on CNN's Headline News. She has been sought for her professional lip-reading expertise on 60 Minutes and Inside Edition. She has made several guest appearances in the award winning family TV series, Sue Thomas:FBEye and in DOC with Billy Ray Cyrus. National media publications such as Family Circle and TV Guide as well as most major newspapers have featured her as the inspiration behind the TV series. She has appeared on Moody Broadcasting, Focus On The Family, 700 Club, 100 Huntley Street, and with The Gaither’s Homecoming concerts.
Sue has a real connection with kids and their teachers. Using stories from her own experiences, Sue can defuse a loaded weapon of bullies in her forthright powerful message, A MOVING TARGET. She not only stands before public school assemblies of all ages under the Drug Free Self Esteem programs but also does the keynote address at State Conventions. She has spoken numerous times for ACSI and Youth Specialties, as well as summer festivals, Creation and Alive. Her message, A COMMON DENOMINATOR, inspires educators to give their all, even if they never see the final result of their labor. Sue has been commissioned by the Department of Defense to address military schools in Germany and to encourage educators on US Military Bases in Europe. Her messages have resonated with kids and their educators in educational programs throughout the US, Canada, Japan and India.
Sue Thomas has a special niche for fundraising banquets. If you are looking for a voice that can bring your audiences to their feet for your cause the search is over. She is not only a national ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society but also has given her voice to raise money for disabilities, humanitarian missions, Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Service Dog Foundations, and many more.
There is a reason Sue has been invited to speak in every denomination, for Sunday worship, youth events, leadership conferences, mother~daughter banquets, retreats, and conventions. Sue is a living testimony that the grace of God is sufficient. Her powerful story of overcoming the odds gives her a clear voice that resonates with her audiences.
Her humor is contagious and her stories are compelling. Most of all she inspires through her love for God and her desire to make Him known by encouraging His people to become all He created them to be.
"Sue will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. She is passionate about her commitment to Christ and her message is uncompromisingly biblical and direct. Sue doesn't beat around the bush--she reaches right for the heart. She has the giftedness to cross generational and racial barriers. Whether young or old, Sue will capture everyone's attention. You will find yourself hanging on every word and forgetting that Sue is profoundly dead. She has the ability to break the sound barrier with a message that you will hear loud and clear."
- Dr. Bill Welte, President of America's Keswick
"Sue Thomas is the real thing--she is refreshingly honest. Her stories are compelling, moving motivating, and ones that touch everyone, but even better than that, so is she."
-Tic Long, Youth Specialties
"Fearless and feisty Sue Thomas has inspired...faith is what keeps her going."