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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Northern voices operates as an oral school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. As a result of early and intensive instruction, the children may learn to talk, listen and be understood by others.

Programs: To operate a school for deaf and hard-of-hearing children so they may learn to talk, listen and be understood by others. Striving to unlock the potential of these children, the school makes spoken language a way of life for them. As a result of early and intensive listening and language instruction, the children communicate fluently through both spoken and written language.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mic H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My deaf/hard of hearing grandchildren attended this school and have done extremely well both academically and socially. They have cochlear implants and enrolled in this school to be able to receive the benefits of an oral education. The teachers and staff are dedicated and make learning fun. The purpose of the school is to teach dhh children to learn to listen and talk, not to sign. We are fortunate to have this school as an option! There are not enough quality schools for the dhh who wish to learn to talk. For those who do not want this approach, they should choose a school that conforms with their ideals. My grandchildren learned and use American Sign Language at home. To further expand their potential they learned to listen and talk at Northern Voices. What a blessing this school is! They are now mainstreamed in public school and doing so well, due in large part to the foundation and nurturing they received at Northern Voices.

1 Kelly74

Client Served

Rating: 5

I also completely disagree with the individual who rated this school poorly. My son is hard of hearing, and has been attending this school for 5 months. The progress he has made has been unbelievable. The school is very upfront noting that it is a school for ORAL education. There are other schools if you want your child to be taught in ASL. Whoever wrote that review was obviously not paying attention to ANYTHING on the school's website or in parent meetings. Do your research before you condemn them for something they of course would not be offering.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I beg to differ with the individual who calls this school hostile. Of course they do not teach sign. Who would want to have their child miss out on everything this hearing world has to offer. Any hearing parent, who agrees to a coclhear implant, is initiating the process of keeping their flesh and blood from drifting to the deaf community. I am so grateful for this wonderful school and dedicate staff, because of them I can communicate with my granddaughter. I shead tears of joy when this little girl said Hi Grandma for the first time. It could have been tears of frustration and pain if her parents had only allowed her sign as a means of communication. Because of technology, no child has to ever experience a world of confusion, and frustration because they have not been provided the opportunity to learn to hear. Hats off to Northern Voices and their important role of teaching these little CoClhear children to listen and eventually to speak. Keep it up!!!

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This school is a hostile environment due to banning sign language and forcing oralism on the poor children. Bilingual education with American Sign Language and English is the way to go - its what every other school in Minnesota does.

Review from Guidestar