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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Education, Human Services, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Special Education

Mission: The Decibels Foundation’s mission is to ensure that: - children with hearing loss and their families receive specialized early intervention services; - they have access to necessary technology and equipment, and; - the professionals working with this population in school settings are knowledgeable about the challenges these children face and are supported in helping these students succeed both academically and socially. We fulfill this mission by funding early intervention programs for children with hearing loss and their families, such as the Minute Man Arc Early Intervention Program for Children with Hearing Loss in Concord. Decibels also helps to educate educators by offering workshops and training sessions for professionals who are working with children using hearing aids and cochlear implants in regular education settings.

Results: This year alone, our donors helped us do some incredible things. We've continued the support of weekly playgroups, speech therapy and parent support groups, while expanding to include a Baby Group. We hosted a successful full-day workshop, attended by 140 professionals on 'Meeting the Needs of Young Children with Hearing Loss.' We also gifted $27,500 to various programs at Children's Hospital Boston, including the Sound Start Hearing Aid Loan Bank and the Cochlear Implant Spare Parts Bank. None of this would be possible without our valued supporters. Your impact over the past ten years has resulted in the following incredible achievements: - The cornerstone of the Decibels Foundation's work is the Minute Man Arc Early Intervention Program for Children with Hearing Loss. We understand that children with hearing loss need specialized services during the crucial early years of development. 64 children and their families have benefited from this program since its inception. - As more than 80 percent of children who are or were hearing impaired now attend their local schools, part of our mission is to ensure these educators understand what it takes to teach a child with hearing loss. Since 2008, our Education Specialist, Dr. Honore Weiner has provided 785 consultative hours to local school districts for 44 school-age kids with hearing loss. - Children with hearing loss need the support of knowledgeable professionals. Since 2007, the Decibels Foundation has hosted five full-day workshops covering four different hearing loss related topics. Over 450 teachers, speech therapists, and professionals working with children with hearing loss have attended and rated the workshops an average score of 1.4 out of 5 (1 being the highest). - In an effort to encourage the best and brightest to pursue careers helping children with hearing loss, the Decibels Foundation has awarded $30,000 to our Decibels Scholars. To date, five top students in the Graduate Program of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College have received this honor.

Target demographics: Children with hearing loss (birth to 21 years old) and their families.

Programs: Donate proceeds from charitable events serving deaf children

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 4

The services that The Decibels Foundation helps fund are invaluable to the children and families that receive them. This foundation is unique and provides deaf children critical early childhood services that they may otherwise not have access to.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Decibels Foundation is an invaluable resource for Boston/ metro west families by providing best in class support services for children with hearing loss and their families. By funding and supporting these critical programs the Decibels Foundation is able to ensure that kids and families are provided with a solid foundation in which to build from.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I am always astounded by the work being done by Decibels. With funds being cut everywhere it is wonderful to see that children with hearing loss and their families can still receive early intervention and support. It does a world of good and helps immensely. Without Decibels and other such foundations the children would have a much more difficult time adjusting to the world. Keep up the good work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Decibels Foundation is a group of parents, professionals and interested people who tirelessly raise money to support programs for deaf and hearing impaired young children and their families. They are also concerned with educating professionals, caregivers and students who work with and support these children and their famillies. Money raised funds specialized early intervention, parent support groups, graduate student scholarship, specialized equipment, resource information, and more.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Decibels is an organization that provides excellent support for children with hearing loss and their families. In addition to supporting providers who are involved in direct service provision, they support consultative and educational services for other programs and schools, and a scholarship program for speech and language pathology graduate students interested in working with deaf and hard of hearing children. Over time their program for infants and children aged birth to three with hearing loss has become one of the Early Intervention programs against which others are measured. I have had the opportunity to work closely with many of the children and families, as well as other involved in the program, and I can vouch for their total dedication to these children with the goal of giving them the fundamentals to become successful communicators, allowing them to have access to academic achievement and normal social development.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Decibels is a wonderful organization that helps kids get off the ground towards reaching their potential despite hearing loss. With all their support- and alliance with Boston Children's Hospital they really help these kids get the educational start and healthcare they deserve to become independent learners.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Decibels is focused on helping children with hearing loss and their families. The programs and services help children with hearing loss to achieve outstanding results. My daughter's school was educated by the Decibels consultant as to which accomodations she would need in the classroom. She is comfortable in her classroom setting and has excelled in her education achievements in large part to the training and services provided by this organization.

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b.dressel 11/08/2012

Thank you for your kind words! We're so glad to hear how well your daughter is doing! -The Decibels Foundation