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Causes: Arts & Culture, Support

Mission: No Limits serves an unmet need in the community by teaching deaf children to confidently speak, achieve, dream, and inspire through its national theatrical program and after-school educational center.

Programs: No Limits was founded in 1996 by Michelle Christie, Ed.D. Recognizing the lack of opportunities for children with a hearing loss to improve their speaking abilities in a fun and non-academic setting, Dr. Christie designed an after-school theater program to help develop communication skills, expand vocabulary and grammar, and understand character development. Through role-playing, cultivating creativity, and developing public speaking skills, No Limits children began to confidently move into the hearing world. After witnessing dramatic improvements in the children and receiving countless testimonials from families, peers, educators and the community at large, No Limits expanded to become a national program. To date, No Limits has produced over 100 original shows in 13 states, with over 200,000 audience members witnessing the accomplishments and talents of these inspiring children. No Limits had the distinct honor of making history as the first time deaf children who speak performed at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and recently made history with its hit production Silent NO MORE at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. As a result of its remarkable success, No Limits extended its program beyond the theatrical arts to provide auditory, speech and language training year-round. In 2002, the No Limits Educational Center opened in Culver City, California. The Center provides services for low-income school-age deaf children and their families. Services include: individual therapy, academic tutoring, literacy, STEM, arts enrichment, parent education, audiological services, and a Leadership and Mentoring Academy for teens. In 2013, No Limits opened an additional after-school center in Las Vegas, and most recently, in Oxnard, CA, pioneering the expansion of its services to reach more communities. As a result of the comprehensive No Limits program, children who are deaf or hard of hearing are learning essential skills that will allow them to attend college and become successful, productive members of society.

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found No Limits through my senior service project at Loyola High School. No Limits is an after-school program for lower class kids with hearing disabilities. I volunteered with them for three weeks every day. I did a lot of office work and organizing and maintenance of the facility. I also assisted with assessing the kids' linguistic abilities and helping them develop language skills. It was a great experience and opened me up to a new type of service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place truly has no limits in every sense of the word. I had the privilege of working through the month of January as a high school volunteer working in their language development department and with office organization and management. The environment is conducive to developing courage and passion for communication no matter one's level of language development. The staff, faculty, and volunteers are great to collaborate with and the location is in the heart of historic Culver City, a true testament to the emphasis Arts and expression play in this establishment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with No Limits for about three weeks during the month of January, and I really enjoyed my time there. I could tell that each and every staff member really enjoyed and dedicated their time to the children. Every day, the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. I am so glad I had the honor of working with not only the staff but also the children. The children really amazed me sometimes.

Matthew80

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with No Limits for three weeks and it was probably one of the most meaningful experiences in my life. Working with the kids was a great experience and it was a lot of fun helping around the office. The staff was also very helpful and very accommodating.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No Limits Offers a wide Variety of Classes and programing with vital information for students with hearing and speech disabilities. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable plus well educated in their fields.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank No Limits for giving my son Michael the opportunity to participate in the summer theater program. This program is marvelous, Michael is starting to speak more everyday that passes. I also noticed that he is learning a lot with just a couple of days. At the beginning of the program it would be very difficult for Michael to see me leave now almost two weeks later when we arrive he tells me, "bye bye mommy!" No Limits is helping Michael a lot! It is such a wonderful program! Thank you! THANK YOU NO LIMITS!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you No Limits for your help! This has been an excellent experience for Oswin. He is so happy to be participating in the program since its something new for him. No Limits has given confidence to Oswin. I am really happy because besides all the obstacles my son has faced, No Limits has had a lot of patience with Oswin and he has learned a lot. His speech has grown so much I am very impressed. I am very happy with Oswin's process. Thank you for everything No Limits!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love No Limits! No Limits has given my granddaughter Genesis the ability to feel more confident and sure of herself. Genesis also now has the confidence to speak in front of people before she was very shy! I also have noticed that thanks to No Limits Genesis is more independent and socializes more with children and adults. No Limits has given my granddaughter the confidence she has never had. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with No Limits in Los Angeles for two weeks to help prepare kids for the No Limits Comedy Hour this summer. I loved my time working with the kids and volunteers. The kids have a great time, whether they're 4 or 14. It's easy to see why they love No Limits. They form friendships and bonds with kids and instructors. Many of them cannot wait to arrive for the day. The people are enthusiastic and patient. The rooms are colorful and themed in order to help the kids learn vocabulary. My favorite rooms are the diner, Oval Office, and cabin room. The comedy sketches are funny and give the kids the chance to gain confidence in their speech and presentation while having a great time. The commitment to the kids impresses me. The meticulous attention to the costumes for the show is a great example of No Limits doing everything it can to give the kids a special experience.

Jeremy32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience I had working with No Limits! I loved every bit of it! The staff and the children were incredible. Such a great non-profit organization providing wonderful activities to hearing-impaired children. These students were practicing for a comedy show and theater experience in which they absorbed information like a sponge. I am highly impressed with the organization No Limits. They truly know what they are doing and the children are all fine examples!! Their motto "I Can Do It" is really instilled in these children because "I Can't" is just not a part of their vocabulary.
Jeremy H. Flores