My Goal For This Year’s Walk
2017 has already been a year full of surprises, changes and much uncertainty. The one thing I do know is that deafness and hearing loss in general, affect someone’s life from birth, adulthood, and all the way through their senior years. There are many HLAA people out there doing all kinds of wonderful advocacy on behalf of all people with hearing loss.
But there is one area that is in dire need of additional help and support. And this year, I want to talk about the critical needs that remain for school age children and the No Limits For deaf Children programmed based in Los Angeles.
Founded by Dr. Michelle Christie 21 years ago, she saw a tremendous void in the educational needs for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Here are a few little known facts.
• Every day 33 babies are born with permanent hearing loss
• Over 75% of deaf children in California graduate from high school “functionally literate” but are not able to read or write above a 3rd grade level.
This is why Michelle pursued her doctorate in Education at UCLA and set out to create a program that fulfills the critical needs for kids from ages 3 to 18. She wanted to ensure that they had the necessary tools to not only graduate from high school, but also to be able go on to college.
The center provides services for low-income school-age deaf children and their families at no cost to them.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Arts enrichment
Parent education and support groups
Audiological services and hearing aid loan program
Leadership and Mentoring Academy for teens
No Limits is the only program of its kind in the nation; there are now three educational centers (Los Angeles, CA; Oxnard, CA and Las Vegas, NV). It also has a nationwide children’s theatre that has original productions takes place during the summer months. The legacy and future success of HLAA and the community it serves and protects is at stake.
Won’t you please help to further expand and develop this unique and life-changing program?