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HEARING SCHOOL OF THE SOUTHWEST INC
June 21, 2010

Our mission is to help families who have a baby or young child that has been identified as hard of hearing or deaf. Most identified babies or young children who are deaf or hearing impaired are born to hearing and speaking parents. These parents now have the option to choose that their child be able to listen and to talk. In order for this to happen, the child must be equipped with state-of-the-art hearing technology, either cochlear implants or hearing aids. Providing resources and rehabilitation therapy and educational services to these families is invaluable. Research tells us that early identification is a crucial first step for these children. Learning to listen and talk has a critical time element from birth to age 8. As individuals, we must establish a primary communication mode to be successful in life. A hearing impaired child can learn to listen and speak and be integrated into a mainstream educational setting by Kindergarten/1st grade if identified early. My primary job is to give resources to the parents who have chosen this communication mode for their child. I also teach the lower language level classes and direct the overall programs. If you want more specific information, you can visit our website at www.hearingschoolsw.com. We have successfully mainstreamed 21 children into the typical educational setting. Giving HOPE to families and hearing these children talk and tell their parents they love them is the best! Knowing these children will have a greater chance of receiving a secondary education and being less dependent on government assistance in the future is the reason I work for this organization

The Great!

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

I personally seen parents who have been loss in grief from there child's diagnosis to being moved to HOPE and becoming their child's greatest advocate and teacher. I heard children re-tell me stories they have read and say the pledge of allegiance.

Ways to make it better...

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

Offer longer hours and number of days to meet the needs of working parents. Make materials for in Spanish for Spanish speaking parents. Have Spanish bi-lingual teachers. Hire a social worker.

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

the generosity of Board of Directors and the vision of Dr. Fred Owens. Seeing families achieve the goal of mainstreaming their child into typical education settings. Hearing a deaf or HA child say “Mama or Dada” and “I love you”.

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

Incredible!! These are parents/ friends and board members who are the volunteers at the school. They help support each other and the activities at the school. They fundraise, clean the bldg, mow the lawn, and provide food for functions! They are the best!

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

Make satellite locations to served families with babies so they didn't have to drive up to 50 miles for services. Set-up training programs for teachers/SLP in the public schools. Set-up degree programs for ORAL deaf teachers in secondary institutes.

Ways to make it better...

They had more staff to handle clerical functions. Answer the phones, paperwork, and overall office type support.

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

Funds to continue scholarship programs and overall needs of the program. Many babies are being identified who are born to spanish speaking parents. Materials and bi-lingual teachers are needed. Awareness materials for Pediatric Doctors and hospitals.

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

this organization is in its infancy stages and in order to grow and meet the needs of the community it need more major stakeholders who value making a life changing difference in a child. The gift of listening and talking for a lifetime.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Help children and families find and utlize resources to help rehabiliate babies and young children who have been identified as hard of hearing or deaf.