I am inspired every time I walk through the front doors of CID! We adopted our severely, profoundly deaf son from India at age 4 1/2. Even before we brought him home to the USA, Lynda Berkowitz of CID was willing to look at videos and reports of our son to get an idea of his issues and how he could be helped by CID. Shortly after we brought him home, he received bilateral cochlear implants and started school at CID. Although being nearly age 5 is considered late intervention for a child to receive cochlear implant‘s, CID‘s masterful teaching and
state -of-the- art organization gave our son the opportunity to learn to hear and speak! He is now 15 years old and in a traditional public school setting doing very well! We are so very deeply grateful for the opportunity that our son had to attend CID and for the resulting life-changing opportunities he is now experiencing.
Our family will forever be indebted to Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). Our son, Trey, spent three years at CID. The experience for the entire family was nothing short of amazing. The Family Center and ECC Programs supported him as he minimized language and developmental gaps, established self-advocacy skills, and optimized use of his hearing devices to interpret the world around him. More so, CID provided Trey a firm academic stepping stone that will serve him for years to come. CID also allowed family to remain a priority when Trey and his typically hearing sister, Amelia, were able to share one year together while she was enrolled in the Hearing Peer Program. When asked to talk about his favorite part of CID at graduation, Trey replied, “My friends and teachers are sure fun, and I like doing all the cool stuff and learning. I’m like a genius now!”
My son Mark received an amazing foundation for learning in a caring and loving environment.
I cannot say enough good things about the school. The staff is top notch.
My granddaughter, who was born with microtia, attended the program for 2 to three year olds. I can't say enough about the school. She received daily 1 to 1 therapy, as well as participating in the daily class program. The teachers were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. There was great communication, with weekly progress reports. They had wonderful field trips and creative projects. Its a first class school in every way.
My great-niece has been a part of the CID family since birth. Now 5 years old, she continues to grow with confidence each day. Have heard wonderful things about CID for years but having family member be a participant in your organization confirms beyond words what a great place for her to be a part
I love CID! They were wonderful with my granddaughter. I can think of nothing negative about our experience with CID. The employees were all extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and polite.
My daughter was born with moderate to severe bilateral hearing loss. I reached out to CID as soon as I found out. I had no idea what to expect or how to deal with the challenges we would be facing with our daughter. CID immediately calmed my fears and let me know we would not be alone! The teachers and staff at CID made it clear that our child and her needs were important to them and took us through the step by step process of obtaining any and all assistance to meet her needs. She began with in home therapy with one of CIDs staff and progressed to the nursery program, through preschool and was eventually mainstreamed into the public education system by kindergarten! The staff at CID was instrumental in ensuring my daughter received proper interventions to maximize her learning in the public school system. We attended meetings at the new school that included a representative from CID. She pointed out any areas of concern and gave key points on how to address these issues. CID also sent a representative to speak to my daughters classmates regarding her hearing devices . She informed the class and answered any questions so as to not create a distraction for our child during school hours. CID treated us like family! Aside from the love and respect I have for the institution and it’s educators, I must include that without the financial assistance CID provided my family, we never would have been able to provide our daughter with the much needed education she received! I can not express how much I value and appreciate everything CID did for us.
I have been around this organization for years now and they do phenomenal work with youth!
My daughter was a student here from 2011-2018. She would not be where she is today without CID. We are forever grateful to them!
Many years ago as a high school volunteer I was truly impressed with all I saw at CID: hard working students, devoted teachers, and a place of learning and joy. Now as a member of the CID board I am even more in awe of the inspiring work they do. They have helped thousands of kids find their voices and learn to navigate a hearing world, while supporting families, educators, and healthcare professionals with expertise and support. It feels great to give to CID because you know that the money is being well used to improve lives. We are so fortunate to have this school as a pillar in the nonprofit St. Louis community.
We moved to St. Louis when my son was 2 1/2 in large part so he could attend CID. It's one of the best decisions I have ever made! It is far and away the best school I have ever seen. The faculty and staff are all so kind, bright, and inclusive; the facility is beautiful with great acoustics; the student-teacher ratio is amazing. Love our CID family! Nico is now a mainstreamed 8th grader and is rocking his classes, most of which are honors/advanced. Thanks, CID! The amazing foundation you gave him is such a huge part of his success.
We moved from Utah to St. Louis so my daughter could attend CID. It was, without a doubt, the best choice we have ever made. CID changed the trajectory of her life. She learned to listen and speak, advocate for herself and to read and love reading. We could not be more thankful for CID.