NORTHERN VOICES

Rating: 4 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1660 County Rd B, West Roseville MN 55113 USA

Mission: The mission of Northern Voices is to unlock the potential of children who are deaf and hard of hearing by making spoken language a way of life through early and focused listening and language instruction. The goal of the organization is for every child to join their normal-hearing peers in neighborhood schools, with age appropriate speech, language and academic skills by the early elementary years.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding to allow them to offer more scholarships .

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my grand daughter attends this school

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow them some of the state money to insure they will continue with their fantastic work.

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bad shape and needs dramatic change.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

immediately convert the school to use bilingual approach with American Sign Language.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

none at all.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

oblivious to the fact that oralism is evil.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

force cochlear implants on all enrolled children.

Ways to make it better...

there was no oppression and forced oralism.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

oppression and ignorance.

One thing I'd also say is that...

don't send your children there - learn and embrace American Sign Language - enrolled in any other schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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