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No Limits for Deaf Children

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Support

Mission: No Limits serves an unmet need in the community by teaching deaf children to confidently speak, achieve, dream, and inspire through its national theatrical program and after-school educational center.

Programs: No Limits was founded in 1996 by Michelle Christie, Ed.D. Recognizing the lack of opportunities for children with a hearing loss to improve their speaking abilities in a fun and non-academic setting, Dr. Christie designed an after-school theater program to help develop communication skills, expand vocabulary and grammar, and understand character development. Through role-playing, cultivating creativity, and developing public speaking skills, No Limits children began to confidently move into the hearing world. After witnessing dramatic improvements in the children and receiving countless testimonials from families, peers, educators and the community at large, No Limits expanded to become a national program. To date, No Limits has produced over 100 original shows in 13 states, with over 200,000 audience members witnessing the accomplishments and talents of these inspiring children. No Limits had the distinct honor of making history as the first time deaf children who speak performed at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and recently made history with its hit production Silent NO MORE at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. As a result of its remarkable success, No Limits extended its program beyond the theatrical arts to provide auditory, speech and language training year-round. In 2002, the No Limits Educational Center opened in Culver City, California. The Center provides services for low-income school-age deaf children and their families. Services include: individual therapy, academic tutoring, literacy, STEM, arts enrichment, parent education, audiological services, and a Leadership and Mentoring Academy for teens. In 2013, No Limits opened an additional after-school center in Las Vegas, and most recently, in Oxnard, CA, pioneering the expansion of its services to reach more communities. As a result of the comprehensive No Limits program, children who are deaf or hard of hearing are learning essential skills that will allow them to attend college and become successful, productive members of society.

Community Stories

176 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing program. NO LIMITS has given Lexi and I the tools to be successful with her speech and language. I have watched my daughter change in so many ways. Her growth has been tremendous in her speech and language since joining this program. When we first started NO LIMITS a few years ago Lexi was using one to two words to express herself and you could hardly understand what she was saying. I remember when we first started NO LIMITS and being nervous when I was told part of the program was my child would have to write a speech and memorize it, I was thinking my child who can barely say a sentence and has multiple disabilities is never going to be able to accomplish this. I am proud to say she not only memorizes a speech every session but you can understand what she is saying and I thank NO LIMITS program for this. I truly believed Lexis speech and language was delayed due to her other disabilities and I can tell you now I was wrong the problem was we were not given the right tools or program. NO LIMITS has helped Lexi to be successful in her speech and language, she is so proud on graduation day when she gets up there to say her speech and as a parent I couldn’t be more proud of all her hard work and determination. Last but not least a big thanks to her amazing teachers Mrs. Donna and Ms. Jessica for all the hard work they put into helping Lexi reach her goals, her growth is progressing even faster.
Thanks again for such an amazing structured program!!!
Lisa Eng
Las Vegas, NV

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with No Limits has been so positive! My niece started a year ago and she now speaks up for herself, has such clarity in her speech, amazing social interactions and high self esteem. The staff at No Limits is very friendly and make you feel right at home. Thank you No Limits for all that you do to go above and beyond for the children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love how No limits supports families and children in the community. They really care about the children and families that they support

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our granddaughter started with No Limits she was shy and unsure of herself especially since she hadn't had her hearing aides for very long and had never seen another person with hearing aides. Since she began we have seen progress every week in several areas but mostly in self confidence which is in our opinion most important. As the director of a preschool I see children who struggle with low confidence and it takes much effort on the part of the adults to encourage children without any disabilities so that much more important for those who have challenges.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent of 2 Boys with Hearing Loss I highly recommend No Limits for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. They absolutely go beyond to help each and every student. With speech therapy and Literacy Twice a week. I personally loved Saturday Parent Classes we get so much important information from both No Limits and parents who share there experience. This is only our Second Semester and my kids absolutely loved it, While being here i found out my younger one has a hearing loss and they took him in right away. Loved to see there big smiles and accomplishments at Graduation. I will forever be grateful with No Limits. Thank you No Limits for putting a big smile on by Boys

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to a fundraiser for this amazing non profit and they are incredible! They do so much to change and influence the lives of deaf and hard of hearing children. They provide services that most low income families don't have access to. I am so glad I got to go to their fundraiser luncheon and learn more about the great work they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I heard of this nonprofit organization, I felt that it is important for the deaf and hard of hearing children to learn to communicate. The reason I feel that this is important because I went through it myself in the 1930s. I am happy to have this meaning of helping these children and their families learn to speak and take advantage of using their technology such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. Parents are so overwhelmed to see their children improve greatly in their graduation speeches from the educational center. I am happy to see these kids have the experience that I did not have growing, especially for my mother who was struggling to cope with my hearing loss. This is a wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at No Limits and believe with my whole heart that this is one of the best organizations I have volunteered for. They have a very welcoming and family friendly environment. The staff work with each kid and dedicate their time to help. The environment they bring truly help the children believe they can do it. And they can. I love this place and believe that they are making a change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with No Limits and have never felt more welcome. The kids are very friendly & well behaved, the teachers and staff are very kind. I totally recommend volunteering or donating because this organization is special and deserves it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with no limits for a short time and it is very family oriented. No Limits is very welcoming and makes sure that you are comfortable. It is a very unique place and the environment makes you feel like a kid again

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a part of the No Limits organization since I was 5 years old, doing the theater program and speech therapy. Now I am 24 and No Limits plays such a huge role into my life overall as far as building up my confidence in my speech, taught me valuable lessons on my education and made friendships that will last a lifetime.
I am forever grateful for all the experience I have gained with No Limits. They treat you like family and bring such positivity to the hardships of dealing with deafness, that all people with a hearing loss are no different from anyone else!
I LOVE BEING A PART OF NO LIMITS!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so happy with the beautiful experience we have had with No Limits! Thank you for giving my son the opportunity to be part of No Limits!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

For me it is very important to bring my nephew to No Limits. No Limits is giving him the tools that he needs. Thank you for helping us No Limits!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived to No Limits when my son needed help with language and comprehension. No Limits for me is a place where they understand how we feel and they help and teach us how to defend the rights of our kids.

Thank you for all your help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being in an environment where my son could be around other children with hearing loss has helped with self-confidence greatly!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed very late but with No Limits we found a big hope that Michael will speak. We are very thankful for No Limits

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending No Limits for about a year now. My sons vocabulary has grown alot since he first started. I am sure its going to keep growing with the help from No Limits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience at No Limits has been very valuable. Here I feel hopeful, supported, validated and my daughter feels excited and happy!! (:

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son Juan started No Limits you were able to see a change in him and in our lives. No Limits is a great help for him and our entire family. God bless No Limits, their staff and Michelle! We love you!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place to bring our child to help support his deaf needs.