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Phone: 509-828-1379
310 N Riverpoint Blvd, Box V
c/o Kim Schafer

Washington 99202

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Target demographics: local deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and talk

Direct beneficiaries per year: 57 toddlers/preschoolers/parents through our school programs and 151 families through our FISH (Families In Support of Hearing) support group functions.

Geographic areas served: Spokane and outlying counties

Programs: We provide a weekly Parent/Toddler group and two half-day preschool classes four days a week. HOPE School is the region’s only listening and spoken language preschool for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. We serve local toddlers and preschoolers (ages 1-6) who are fitted with modern hearing aids or cochlear implants. During these early years, children have the greatest potential to maximize their listening skills, acquire oral language and achieve normal cognitive development. HOPE School provides the necessary early intervention services during this critical period and prepares students for a smooth and seamless transition into their neighborhood schools.

The mission of Spokane HOPE School is to 1) facilitate and optimize the acquisition of listening, learning, and speaking skills in children who have hearing loss within a multi-disciplinary learning environment that focuses on kindergarten readiness skills; and 2) to provide a supportive environment for their families.
Our alumni students' success is our greatest achievement. We see evidence of their success in multiple ways. We see our alumni students out in the community thriving in their academic mainstream programs, fully engaged and participating in extracurricular activities alongside their hearing peers, filled with confidence in themselves and their hearing loss, and advocating for their needs to succeed in challenging environments, crowded classrooms, playgrounds, and assemblies. We see that they are proud to say "I wear hearing aids (or a cochlear implant)," and they educate others on hearing loss so they can take the elephant out of the room and be "Billy" rather than "the kid with the hearing aids." The result of HOPE School's education is continuously succeeding in preparing children for mainstream school and life.

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I have had the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff at HOPE School, as well as with the children and families they serve. The dedication of the professionals, the enthusiasm of the students when they walk in the door, and the genuine love the families have to partner together with the ... more »
HOPE School is an amazing school where children with hearing loss are able to learn to listen and talk through the use of their hearing technology and the wonderful support the staff provides. They are the only school of its kind in all of our area and are not only a necessary part of the children's... more »
I knew NOTHING about hearing loss until my son was late diagnosed with severe-to-profound hearing loss and didn’t get proper hearing aids until the age of two. As a result he had no language at all and started the Toddler Group when he was only grunting and crying to communicate. He started the ... more »
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