My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Central Institute for the Deaf, SAINT LOUIS, MO, USA
My daughter, Rachel was adopted from Russia at 9 months old. She was tiny and delayed in many ways, but was babbling appropriately. It was a total shock to me when a routine 18th month check up turned up a permanent hearing loss. From the first phone call to CID, I received factual information in a caring way. I felt like coming home the minute that I stepped into the door on the first visit and our journey was made so much easier with the expertise from everyone at CID. We started with home visits for a few months and then entered the Family Center. I always knew that the hearing loss might be progressive and by age 5, my daughter qualified for a cochlear implant. Again, the expertise and caring from CID made that bridge much easier to cross as my daughter then became bimodal. We had fun participating in studies from audiology and helping those who came after us. I used to laugh as my daughter animatedly chattered in the car, full of excitement about her day! We met so many families with interesting stories along the way. When the time was right, we moved on to other schools. The caring foundation came along with us as we still meet people and staff from many parts of our CID journey. Today, Rachel is a senior in a mainstreamed high school and preparing to enter college for mechanical engineering. She is an honors student and respected by teachers and peers. The once shy little girl is a leader in her school and tutors other students in math skills. The foundation from CID is priceless to us!
Hi, Mary! What a nice review. Wonderful to hear about Rachel. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story.