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Causes: Education, Employment, Health, Job Training, Rehabilitative Care, Special Education

Mission: As a nonprofit agency serving thousands of individuals and families each year - through clinical services, therapy, education, advocacy and technology - the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center (HSDC) strengthens community by promoting effective communication. HSDC’s vision is that all people realize their full communication potential, and achieves this by joining direct services with systemic change to create an inclusive and accessible community. Agency services span the life cycle from infants through seniors, and include Audiology & Hearing Aids, Speech, Language & Literacy Services (including the Ned Behnke Speech Language Preschool & Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Literacy Lab, which houses the Language to Literacy Program), Early Childhood Education (featuring the nationally recognized bilingual Parent-Infant Program & Rosen Family Preschool), Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (Advocacy and Employment Services) and Assistive Listening and Signaling Technology through HSDCStore.com. HSDC has been serving the Puget Sound area for over 70 years.

Geographic areas served: 13 counties of Western Washington, primarily King, Snohomish, Pierce and Whatcom

Programs: Signon interpreting services: on-site and video remote interpreting to almost 500 schools and universities, health care providers, government agencies, the legal system, corporations, small businesses, nonprofits and the arts. Signon only uses certified, qualified interpreters and specializes in high quality customer service, matching the right sign language interpreter to each situation. This new hsdc program will add even more benefits to the community allowing hsdc to be a more complete full service agency for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. It will open new opportunities for affordable interpreting for the nonprofit sector. This program allows the agency to serve more people and organizations and serve them more fully.

speech language and literacy programs: speech and language therapy and ned behnke speech language pre-school serving 715 clients. This program provides speech therapy, auditory verbal therapy, language development, reading and learning development and associated services to people of all ages. Clients are those with challenges including hearing loss, speech development, cognitive delays, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and social skills development. This program includes a birth to five program for children with communication challenges or disabilities. The early childhood education department is comprised of the 60-year old, nationally renowned parent-infant program (pip). Pip provides home visits, communication/learning development playgroups, parent support groups with a licensed family counselor, individual counseling sessions, sign language classes, speech/language therapy, and audiology services for children with hearing loss, deafness or deaf-blindness for the birth to three age groups. Program areas work closely with public and private schools and assist in a successful transition to the next learning environment.

audiology: provided audiology diagnostics and assistive listening technology to 1,992 clients. This program provides hearing screening, evaluation and consultations for people of all ages. In addition, the program fits, dispenses, services and repairs hearing aids and regularly includes a "gift aids" for low income and special populations. The audiology department also provides aural rehabilitation classes for people with hearing loss and their families, and represents hsdc in larger industry-wide initiatives. This program includes a specialty store providing state-of-the-art assistive technology to individuals, government agencies, businesses and educational agencies throughout the united states. With the primary showroom in seattle, products are also available from the tacoma and bellingham offices and through the internet at www. Hsdc. Org. Store staff are recognized as technology and accommodation experts and consult frequently on accessible workplaces and classrooms. A new program provides tinnitus evaluations, management options, and a monthly tinnitus support group.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

After visiting three audiologists and leaving frustrated a friend told me to try this place. I was happy to finally have someone listen to my special hearing issues and provide me with multiple options. I got to "try before you buy" and they convinced me! I am getting regular follow-ups and the staff is very attentive. I am much happier and more social since I can hear.

Erica L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter started attending Behnke Preschool when she turned three, in July of 2010. She had a speech delay, and we were very excited to find a speech language preschool in Seattle. She loves her teachers and classroom, which is currently transformed into a campsite with a tent for dramatic play, constellations on the ceiling for stargazing, flashlights for reading in the book corner, even a pond for fishing! Other themes have been Fire and Safety, On Safari, and Dinosaur Dig. As a parent, it is amazing to see how well thought out the curricula are to include books, activities, vocabulary and songs to support lanuage and speech development. Of course, it's pure fun for the preschoolers!