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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

186 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No Limits is an amazing organization with an amazing place for an amazing cause! I love the time and support this facilities offers to families with deaf children. As a volunteer here at No Limits, I believe No Limits teaches the world an important message, that anything is possible no matter how tough life gets on you. Thank you No Limits!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

No Limits is a unique place and haven for families of children with hearing loss. I have worked here as a teacher of the deaf for over ten years and have been continued to be inspired by the mission of No Limits and the families that No Limits serves. The program supports all aspects of empowering families of children with hearing loss including speech/language skills, technology and advocacy. Dr. Christie has compiled a team of compassionate, hard-working and passionate people on her staff and I am proud to be part of such an incredible organization.

Britani A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an alum of No Limits- this program has changed my life. I get to work with kids who share similar upbringing as mine. Dr.Michelle and the team are the most amazing and passionate individuals you will get to meet and of course the students here are just so awe-inspiring munchkins as well!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the time my sister and I set foot to No Limits , we have felt at home. We were welcomed by motivated and hard working staff who were focused on truly making a difference to their students lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While working with No Limits for deaf children, I've learned so much about advocacy and the many issues affecting the lives of our deaf children and families. The organization inspires me everyday to keep working towards our mission to help more deaf children thrive socially and academically! It's amazing to work with such a great organization to help these children gain the confidence and achieve their life aspirations!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work with No Limits, and the difference we are able to make in so many children's' lives is amazing. As an adult with hearing loss, I love the confidence we are able to inspire in children. The community No Limits is able to provide for both kids with hearing loss and parents of children with hearing loss is also priceless.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at No Limits and it has been such an amazing experience. They have great people and the children love it as well because of all the great help they provide.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Puedo desír que encontre el mejor lugar de ayuda para mi hijo con pedida auditiva, su autoestima de el se mejoro y su actitud ha cambiado, también tengo que agradecer que las clases que nos ofrecen son muy interesantes, he aprendido ayudar mas a mi hijo en su vocabulario, escritura,lectura solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento para NO LIMITS por darme la oportunidad de aprender mas de la perdida auditiva.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Bethlehem, likes No Limits so much and she gets a lot help!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for No Limits and have been for 23 years. I met Michelle Christie in 1965 or
1966 and I was so impressed with her helping the deaf children learn to speak. That is how
I started to volunteer when she opened No Limits in 1966.
I know exactly how the deaf children feel as I am profoundly deaf and went to Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. I have watched so many kids from No Limits grow up
and be successful. That is why I am still volunteering. I am now 96 years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

No Limits has been an amazing place for our family. We have been apart of this wonderful organization for a short time but the rewards have already been tremendous. Our son is currently in PreK and he has attended the after-school program twice a week and we have been attending the Parent Education classes on the weekend. His speech, language, reading skills are progressing quite nicely. Most importantly his self confidence is soaring through the roof. We have been fortunate to have a wonderful team of support to help Zavier reach his greatest potential and now No Limits and the wonderful staff and professionals have added the cherry on the top. We love the community and bonding with other families that also want to see their Deaf and Hard of Hearing kiddos soar!!! With that we will always be Thankful. The Quansah Family

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found No Limits through my senior service project at Loyola High School. No Limits is an after-school program for lower class kids with hearing disabilities. I volunteered with them for three weeks every day. I did a lot of office work and organizing and maintenance of the facility. I also assisted with assessing the kids' linguistic abilities and helping them develop language skills. It was a great experience and opened me up to a new type of service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place truly has no limits in every sense of the word. I had the privilege of working through the month of January as a high school volunteer working in their language development department and with office organization and management. The environment is conducive to developing courage and passion for communication no matter one's level of language development. The staff, faculty, and volunteers are great to collaborate with and the location is in the heart of historic Culver City, a true testament to the emphasis Arts and expression play in this establishment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with No Limits for about three weeks during the month of January, and I really enjoyed my time there. I could tell that each and every staff member really enjoyed and dedicated their time to the children. Every day, the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. I am so glad I had the honor of working with not only the staff but also the children. The children really amazed me sometimes.

Matthew80

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with No Limits for three weeks and it was probably one of the most meaningful experiences in my life. Working with the kids was a great experience and it was a lot of fun helping around the office. The staff was also very helpful and very accommodating.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No Limits Offers a wide Variety of Classes and programing with vital information for students with hearing and speech disabilities. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable plus well educated in their fields.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank No Limits for giving my son Michael the opportunity to participate in the summer theater program. This program is marvelous, Michael is starting to speak more everyday that passes. I also noticed that he is learning a lot with just a couple of days. At the beginning of the program it would be very difficult for Michael to see me leave now almost two weeks later when we arrive he tells me, "bye bye mommy!" No Limits is helping Michael a lot! It is such a wonderful program! Thank you! THANK YOU NO LIMITS!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you No Limits for your help! This has been an excellent experience for Oswin. He is so happy to be participating in the program since its something new for him. No Limits has given confidence to Oswin. I am really happy because besides all the obstacles my son has faced, No Limits has had a lot of patience with Oswin and he has learned a lot. His speech has grown so much I am very impressed. I am very happy with Oswin's process. Thank you for everything No Limits!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love No Limits! No Limits has given my granddaughter Genesis the ability to feel more confident and sure of herself. Genesis also now has the confidence to speak in front of people before she was very shy! I also have noticed that thanks to No Limits Genesis is more independent and socializes more with children and adults. No Limits has given my granddaughter the confidence she has never had. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with No Limits in Los Angeles for two weeks to help prepare kids for the No Limits Comedy Hour this summer. I loved my time working with the kids and volunteers. The kids have a great time, whether they're 4 or 14. It's easy to see why they love No Limits. They form friendships and bonds with kids and instructors. Many of them cannot wait to arrive for the day. The people are enthusiastic and patient. The rooms are colorful and themed in order to help the kids learn vocabulary. My favorite rooms are the diner, Oval Office, and cabin room. The comedy sketches are funny and give the kids the chance to gain confidence in their speech and presentation while having a great time. The commitment to the kids impresses me. The meticulous attention to the costumes for the show is a great example of No Limits doing everything it can to give the kids a special experience.

Jeremy32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience I had working with No Limits! I loved every bit of it! The staff and the children were incredible. Such a great non-profit organization providing wonderful activities to hearing-impaired children. These students were practicing for a comedy show and theater experience in which they absorbed information like a sponge. I am highly impressed with the organization No Limits. They truly know what they are doing and the children are all fine examples!! Their motto "I Can Do It" is really instilled in these children because "I Can't" is just not a part of their vocabulary.
Jeremy H. Flores

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been awesome working with the kids this month. This my first time working with No Limits, and couldn't have had a better time. I've gotten to know the kids so well, and I've loved practicing scenes and playing games with them. I'm so glad that I decided to volunteer with No Limits. I cant wait to work more with them in the future!
Neecki

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience and opportunity to be able to be a part of the theater program is awesome! I have learned new techniques to working with children with hearing impairment that will be beneficial as I study my study to become a teacher.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a lot of fun working with the kids during the summer theater program. I think the facilities here are just amazing and i think you guys are doing amazing work with the kids!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had so much fun being part of the workshop team! I volunteered prior to the comedy camp at No Limits , & I've thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone here. I was on a vacation, so I started working at the camp a few days after it started. However, the adjustment was easy because the workshop team & children were all so friendly. The relaxed & welcoming environment is beneficial for everyone. I'm so excited to continue volunteering at No Limits!

Madeleine

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping the kids during the summer theater program and being part of the workshop team here at No Limits has been rewarding and exciting experience. The people who work at No Limits are very excited which helps give off an inclusive environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Loved working with the kids! They were so sweet. The staff was very professional. Its a very good program!
- Grace Edwards (Summer workshop team)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with No Limits summer theater program. My time here is always enjoyable and I have so much fun with the kids. I will be coming back next summer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering in No Limits summer theater program and I enjoy working with the kids. It is so much fun and I will be coming back next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank No Limits for giving my son Michael the opportunity to participate in the summer theater program. This program is marvelous, Michael is starting to speak more everyday that passes. I also noticed that he is learning a lot with just a couple of days. At the beginning of the program it would be very difficult for Michael to see me leave now almost two weeks later when we arrive he tells me, "bye bye mommy!" No Limits is helping Michael a lot! It is such a wonderful program! Thank you! THANK YOU NO LIMITS!!!

Claire29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No Limits is magical program committed to improving the lives of children in a fun and creative way. No Limits is more than a dedicated organization, it is a tight knit family. We are all bonded by the joy of seeing the smile on a child's face when they are able to communicate and be heard!

Former staff

Rating: 5

Since 2008 when my sister was part of the program I noticed that everyone working at No Limits was very passionate and wanted every child to succeed. The kids are happy, motivated to learn, and speak but most importantly they are having fun while learning. No Limits is a great program because it gives free speech classes to low income families. No Limits has a theater program to help the children's confidence grow. The children at No Limits have showed me that with hard work, and dedication they are going to succeed; they have no limits.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started working at No Limits in 2008 and have worked on and off since then. Michelle Christie and her staff are kind, passionate, professional and dedicated to the mission. I feel honored to be part of the staff and honored be able to serve the families that go to No Limits for services. The "I Can Do It" motto goes beyond the children at No Limits - parents take that motto home with them and in turn instill it in their children who then flourish and succeed - No Limits is an amazing place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No Limits does such great work helping deaf children and their families with the struggles of learning and communication that may arise with a hearing impaired child. No Limits is a fantastic organization that makes learning fun for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. I have attended a No Limits play, and was so impressed by how well the children performed.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never been so proud to support an organization as I am No Limits. The outstanding support and education No Limits provides through after school, weekend and summer programs is unsurpassed. No Limits literally serves as a lifeline for many families by helping them and create a future for their child full of opportunity that is boundless and has NO LIMITS to what they can achieve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so inspired by Michelle Christie, the founder of No Limits, for her dedication to help deaf children to hear and say "I Can Do It". As volunteer I am so touched in many ways when meeting the kids and their parents who are desperately needing a "miracle" for their deaf children. They are very fortunate that No Limits gives free speech to low income families.
No Limits is the only non-profit organization to have a Theater group for deaf children. It gives them Confidence: "I Can Do It", Commitment:"I Will Do It", Perseverance: "I Will Do It Again" and Support group: " Be a friend. There is a long list of deaf children in need of this wonderful program. I, myself have been a volunteer for 19.5 years. Enid Wizig

Donor

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be able to attend the No Limits Gala last year. I witness pure joy. It is truly amazing to see all the hard work of No Limits pay off on the children's faces. From a child hearing for the first time to a child who graduates college all do to what No Limits provides. What bleeding it is to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at "No Limits" for the last couple of months and I love it!
The staff is great; friendly, professional, inspiring and fully dedicated to the kids. I feel very useful, rewarded for the job I am doing and I love seeing the kids at the center. The kids are happy, motivated to learn, speak and have fun! This is a great non-profit that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to make a difference in the life of deaf and hard of hearing children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has been a complete blessing to the community of deaf and hard of hearing children. The quality of service they provide is excellent! They truly care for the children and provide the parents with the education and tools they need to be a great advocate for their children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is my child's first experience with this organization. I have been impressed with their mission and dedication to the DHH community. From the professionalism of the staff, the commitment of volunteers to the passion of the director, all the kids are provided with a warm safe environment in which they are challenged to use their voices successfully.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

hello my name is thomas morris my son attends No Limits and was welcomed with open arms and a warm embrace he was in a play the first year and now they are doing it again i was very happy with staff and things they offer they will be a great asset to other children dealing with this type of disability.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anyone can see from just being here one day that No Limits changes the lives of so many children. Helping out with their theater program, I could see how great No Limits is. This organization makes kids feel comfortable and part of a team with everything they do. It has been an amazing experience for me as a volunteer to work with some of these kids, and I am so glad that I am part of the No Limits community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No Limits has truly changed my life. I started out not knowing what to expect as a volunteer last year, but when I got to No Limits all the kids all shared a special bond and connection. Helping and working with the kids at No Limits has been the highlight of weekends and I feel as though my time at No Limits not only benefits the students, but I have gained lifelong memories and a new perspective by hearing their stories and seeing their growth and improvement over a period of time. The work No Limits does is unbelievable and the children come to No Limits learning that with hard work and dedication, they can truly do anything.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time volunteering here was an amazing experience because of how friendly everyone was and all the new people I met while volunteering here. Everyone here was extremely dedicated to the children and were very friendly people. During this, I met a lot of new people who all enjoyed being here. No Limits is just simply an amazing place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at no limits has been nothing but pleasure. When I first stepped into the spacious, open area, I knew that this would be the perfect place for kids to feel as if they can be themselves and thrive in "no limits" environment. Here at no limits, they stress that you can be anybody that you want to be, regardless of your hearing loss. Volunteering here was an amazing experience. The enthusiastic kids brightened up everyday for me.