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Central Institute for the Deaf

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Causes: Education, Graduate & Professional Schools, Literacy, Preschools, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Special Education

Mission: CID teaches children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen, talk, read and succeed. We empower families and professionals in St. Louis and worldwide to help children reach their fullest potential.

Results: CID school alumni have attended at least 180 universities and achieved success in a wide gamut of professions — including careers in business, education, science, medicine, aviation, law and academia.

Target demographics: families and their children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to listen, talk read and succeed.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 343 children and caregivers and 4,300 teachers, speech pathologists and audiologists

Geographic areas served: St. Louis

Programs: Each year, CID provides intensive assessment-and ability-based academic training and listening and spoken language education for students with hearing loss ages 0 to 12 years. CID serves children birth to 3 in the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center by helping their families learn to work with them at home. In the toddler classes, children from 18 months to 2 years old receive small-group and one-on-one instruction from experienced teachers of the deaf and speech-language pathologists. The program features remote coaching, home visits and flexible scheduling. In CID's Anabeth and John Weil Early Childhood Center, teachers of the deaf and early childhood specialists help 2- to 5-year-olds build speech, language, pre-literacy, pre-academic and social skills in a child-friendly, language-rich environment. The CID Virginia J. Browning Primary School prepares children 6 to 12 years old to succeed in their own local schools. CID school children benefit from significant scholarship support, on-site pediatric audiology and occupational therapy, a school counselor who is deaf, before and after school care and a better than 4-1 student-teacher ratio. CID turns no deaf or hard of hearing child away based on a family's inability to pay. CID also offers practicum experiences for graduate students at local universities, continuing education courses for professionals and educational curricula and products used to help deaf children worldwide.

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28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Janet S.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son started CID with teleintervention sessions and eventually started school at age 2. When Jason started at CID he could only mumble 4 "words" and had language delay. Jason graduated at age 5 testing up to par with a typical hearing child both receptive and expressive language. We are proud of our son and most importantly forever grateful to all the educators and staff. We absolutely love the school their dedication to each and every child that walks in that door.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for being kind, for caring, listening, and shaping our son's future. We are so proud of him and all that he has accomplished at CID. Thank you for giving our son the knowledge, patience, and tools he will need to become a great student, friend, and overall AWESOME human being. You all are Superheros to us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don’t even want to think about where my daughter would be without the love, support and encouragement from our CID family. From the first email response I received I immediately felt like we were finally in the right place in the most capable hands and we never looked back. Every single person we’ve worked with at CID is knowledge in hearing loss, language development, device maintenance and just raising a toddler. Nothing frazzles them and you can see their passion for helping the kids in everything they do. We are forever grateful for this new, unexpected family and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When we learned our baby boy had permanent hearing loss, we turned to CID. Our son Peter began to have visits from teachers of the deaf and he then joined new friends in the Family Center at CID. Peter learned to talk, and we were amazed by the support and instruction he received. The teachers, audiologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists worked together to help him develop and reach new milestones. Peter then moved to the pre-K department at CID and then to the primary department for Kindergarten. He developed strong reading skills that benefit him to this day. Peter mainstreamed as a 1st grader and he is now a sophomore at our public high school with his older brother. We are so proud of everything he has accomplished, and we will always be thankful for the foundation for learning that he built at CID.

1 Christy C.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CID was the place I spent my two years during graduate school, learning from some of the best teachers and audiologist in the country, and working with the children to teach them Listening and Spoken Language. It was an honor to be a part of the community at CID and gain my skills as a Teacher of the Deaf. I returned two years after graduate school for continuing education and continue to receive support, resources, and guidance from CID. I appreciate this very much as a teacher in a rural and remote place in Hawaii. Thank you, CID, for all that you do for the teachers, professionals, and students.

1 Robin H.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and a board member for CID for over a decade. This is a nonprofit that you feel great giving your time and money to...the work they do to help each child progress and be happy and healthy is truly remarkable. No student is ever turned away because of financial need. Their students work hard and eventually leave CID to mainstream into schools with hearing peers - going to their graduation ceremony is truly inspiring.

1 Kim S.17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our children, Ivy and Ian were diagnosed as profoundly deaf at birth. It was a moment in our lives filled with uncertainty and fear of the unknown. We didn’t know what kind of future would be possible and available to them.

Ivy and Ian’s special education journeys with CID started in January 2013. We have been so blessed to have amazing CID educators in their entire lives. Audiologists, teachers, and the other staff were all in one place to provide full support to our kids every day. It was an incredible lifetime experience when they started to learn how to listen, talk, and read.

CID educators are enthusiastic supporters, they taught us how powerful a feeling it is to be independent from a non-verbal world. We always felt secure within CID boundaries. CID has had our back and advocated for the best in our children’s education.

Now it’s time for us to grow and step out of these boundaries. It is daunting but Ivy and Ian feel confident and ready for anything this world has to offer.

Thank you so much for making all these things possible in their future and helping us dream big. We are no longer uncertain and fearful for our children's future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CID and its staff has been another home and family to Avynn and our family. Without a doubt, we knew we were in good hands. This is such a bittersweet moment, that we’ll hold on to for a lifetime. CID was the start of Avynn’s education and will be a piece of her forever. CID and its staff Rocks!!!

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kreadmond 10/14/2021

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about CID. We wish Avynn and your family the very best!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cid knows how make you feel welcomed and not different! You feel like you’ve become part of the greatest family out their from day one! CID will forever be our home and second family

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kreadmond 11/02/2020

Thank you for your nice review of CID!

2 Nora Partney R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mickey started at CID in December 2005 and it was the best decision I made. They was amazing in teaching him hownto talk and be himself. I love this school and would recommend it to anybody who has a def child. The teachers and staff goes ubove and beyound for the children there. Thank you CID.

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kreadmond 11/02/2020

Thanks for taking the time to write this, Nora. We are glad to know Mickey is doing well!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The education my child receives at CID is absolutely amazing. The one on one attention that she receives is phenomenal. We live an hour from school and I'd drive 3 hours to be able to have her attend this school. We love our CID family.

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kreadmond 11/02/2020

Thank you so much for the review of CID! We appreciate it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

1978-80 I was in the teacher training program which launch a 35 year career in DeafEd. As I look back at the methods and techniques I learned at CID I feel grateful for the experience. Nothing compares to the devotion and persistence ( and outcomes) the teachers there had and still have! Although I worked at a state school for many years I continued to utilize the hands-on , visual methods, the in- depth language instruction and the attention to speech and auditory training. Parents: please push for excellence in the schools your children transition to, as I have recently witnessed public schools dropping effective teaching as they try to comply with standardized tests.

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kreadmond 11/02/2020

Thank you for writing this review! We love to touch base with our professional alumni.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Central Institute for the Deaf!! We relocated our family from Alabama to St. Louis after hearing about this wonderful school. Our son was implanted with Bilateral Cochlear Implants when he was one years old. We really wanted him to learn how to listen and use spoken language and we couldn’t find anything like this school in Alabama. Our son Mason is going on his 5th year at CID and we couldn’t be happier and he is talking up a storm with his peers. His little sister Maddie now attends as a hearing peer and is just as happy. Thank you CID teachers and staff for all your hard work and dedication to our children. We love you guys so much and you will forever be a part of our family

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thank you so much Carly! We are so proud of Mason.

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kreadmond 11/02/2020

Thank you so much for doing this. We are so proud of Mason and Maddie!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CID provided a priceless service for my family and our daughter. The discovery that our daughter was deaf was the beginning of a very confusing and scary time. Fortunately, we were introduced to the team at CID, who helped our daughter gain the skills she needed to communicate and grow academically very quickly.

In her time at CID, our daughter went from being 2 years behind her hearing peers to 2 years ahead of them academically - within just a few short years!

This experience has inspired in her a lifelong love of learning. She is now a senior in high school and doing wonderfully well, with her eyes set on college.

Our family will never forget the vital role of Cental Institute for the Deaf in our daughter’s success, nor could we ever repay it.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thank you for sharing your story, Chad. We love you and are happy Allie is doing well!

4 Tara B.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

When Logan was about 1½ we learned that our sweet little baby was deaf. At 18 months old, Logan was using 1-2 words total, and he received the tiniest hearing aids I have ever seen. Logan’s future was a little cloudy as we tried to picture how his and (our) lives would change….after a lot of research we learned that we had a choice, and that deaf kids CAN learn to talk!

At age 3 Logan had (maybe) 50 words in his vocabulary, and he would use 1-2 word phrases. He attended a local preschool but we found out that he wasn’t participating in class, so we began the search for something more. Our internet search brought us to CID's web page. My husband and I visited and when we saw the school and heard the kids singing – we knew Logan needed to attend.

I will remember his first day at CID's summer school as a huge turning point.

Logan sat down with three other kids in his class, and he looked at the boy to his left and the little girl to his right. Turning to me and said, “Look! Hearing aid!” At that moment I knew we did the right thing. At the end of six weeks of summer school Logan had doubled his vocabulary, and he was using 3-4 word sentences! To say we were amazed is an understatement.

Logan joined CID full time for the 2008-2009 school year, and continued to make huge growth. He was excited to graduate in May of 2018, and move into his homeschool. He loves school and being with his friends, and he has a great love of learning.

Logan's success is thanks to the dedicated teachers and staff at CID. We can’t imagine what Logan’s life would be without their help.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thank you so much, Tara. You're the best. I'm glad, but not surprised, to learn Logan is doing so well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son was born with bilateral mild to moderate hearing loss, which was not a surprise, being that it runs in the family. Even still he was the youngest to have to have assistive devices. It was overwhelming, and CID took that burden and helped carry it. We began our journey with him at 6 weeks old. Tomorrow our little guy will begin classes in the ECC department and we are thrilled. Numerous times throughout the past 3 yrs we have been a part of the CID team for his needs, I have been brought to tears. They really care and have the children's best interests at heart. They not only help our boy, but have gone out of their way to help me with my own hearing loss. They welcome you as part of the child's team. From the moment we set foot in the school on our first tour three years ago, we knew we were at the right place. His hearing loss is progressive, and our goal was to give him as much of a foundation for spoken language and listening as we could, while we could. And that is exactly what they are accomplishing. I am grateful we have this opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thank you for your kind words. We're so happy you're part of the CID family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thank you so much, Ellen! We can't wait to see what William does. All the best.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!”

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We love to hear about Trey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Debbie, thank you so much for the kind words. We are so proud of Mark.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Marcia, thank you for the testimony about CID. I hope your granddaughter is doing well.

3 Sally Logger S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Sally, thank you for your kind words.

3 Tanya Ward A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thank you, Tanya

4 Rebecca P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

5 Teresa Miller K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been around this organization for years now and they do phenomenal work with youth!

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thanks, Teresa!

4 Anna Arato M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thank you for your kind words, Anna.

4 rhattori

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Robin, thank you for your words and your support. We are fortunate to have you in the CID family.

3 Genevieve Nagy D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Genevieve, thanks for sharing Nico's accomplishments. We're so proud of him.

4 Melissa J.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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kreadmond 10/27/2020

Thanks for doing this, Melissa.