Mission: The Foundation for Hearing Research operates for the sole purpose of supporting non-public special day programs in northern California where deaf and hard of hearing children learn to listen, think, and talk These special schools offer diagnostic, educational, and training programs for deaf children and their families from birth to third grade
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: The foundation for hearing research, inc (dba) weingarten children's center, (formerly listed as the jean weingarten peninsula oral school for the deaf (jwposd)) in redwood city, california. Highly trained staff using special technology, such as cochlear implants, digital hearing aids, fm systems, and advanced cognitive teaching strategies assist young deaf and hard of hearing children reach their full potential by developing age appropriate listening and spoken language skills. Weingarten children's center is considered a model of excellence in effective early intervention in developing listening and spoken language and cognitive competencies in young children with hearing loss. The results of this intensive early intervention is that most students enter their mainstream schools with age appropriate language skills by kindergarten, ready to be effective learners along with their hearing peers. The weingarten children's center is also recognized as a national center of excellence for training teachers and speech pathologists in using advanced hearing technology with very young children in order to develop listening and spoken language skills. Wcc partners with san jose state university to train speech language pathologists to work with children with hearing loss using cochlear implants. Wcc also partners with stanford university medical school to offer the first tele-therapy program in california, offering individual therapy weekly to families living too far to attend the school. Wcc also offers occupational therapy, diagnostics, and therapy after school. Wcc currently serves over 70 families in northern california.
at july 1, 2013, the foundation entered into a grant agreement with an unrelated california 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation (the "grantee") to transfer the operations and balance sheet of cchat - sacramento to the grantee. Assets and liabilities with a net book value of $806,909 were contributed. At july 1, 2013, the foundation leased a building to the grantee under a direct financing lease. The building was used in prior years to service the operations of the cchat - sacramento division. The foundation granted a $573,973 discount between the net book value of the asset sold, and net present value of the minimum lease payments. The value of the grant agreement and discount on sale are presented on the statements of financial position as a contribution of segment.
In 1999 my son was born deaf - we knew nothing about how to begin this journey. From infancy to age 4 we attended a school in Redwood City called JWPSOD (Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf) - this educational foundation has been nothing short of a miracle for our family. Our son is now 9, has 2 cochlear implants that enable him to hear, speak perfectly & read up a storm, play piano beautifully, sing (not so well), talk on the cell phone, and hear a whisper - sometimes he just doesn't know when to be quiet :-)