December 2016  •  e-news for parents, alumni and friends of CID


Buy our new book! 

The Child First: The First 100 Years of CID
is a great read for anyone interested in America's hidden gems. Written by St. Louis journalist Mary Delach Leonard and her daughter, Melinda, this generously illustrated hardcover book explores CID through a century of images, newspaper articles, letters and voices of alumni, parents and staff. 

Discover CID’s legacy in countless lives — through the school children and their families to professionals and children throughout the U.S. and the world, to anyone who has benefited from hearing technology and auditory-oral education methods. The 120-page books are available while they last. The cost is $29.95 plus shipping. Order by December 14 to receive your book/s before Christmas.

Proceeds benefit the school children.


NEST CARE brings auditory-oral education to southern India

CID recently welcomed representatives of the NEST CARE Foundation, a network of U.S. residents originally from India who are passionate about helping children with disabilities in their home country.

“In India, large numbers of physically and mentally challenged kids, including many with hearing impairments, are waiting for treatment and care,” NEST CARE executive director Mohammed Mokkath said. “Good people and organizations are ready to help them, but they don’t have effective resources. Our mission is to identify effective strategies and tools and get them in the right hands.”

The visitors were eager to learn about CID’s programs, especially ways they could make auditory-oral education more effective and less expensive for a model school for the deaf run by a nonprofit service organization called NEST. CID donated SPICE auditory learning curriculum kits and offered opportunities for their teachers to learn to use them.

One of the visitors was Yacoob Baatha, the father of four children who are deaf — two current students and two recent graduates of CID. Baatha is from the state of Kerala, on the southern coast of India. NEST CARE is an outgrowth of NEST, a service organization created by his friends to help vulnerable people in the region. The BBC World News has featured their work.

 “Yacoob and his children have given us shining examples of the potential for these children to communicate,” Mokkath said. “Now that we know what is possible, we are determined to bring them opportunities to improve their lives.”


New app from CID!

To complement to the full SPICE for Life Auditory Learning Curriculum, CID teacher and professional development associate Jennifer Manley has developed an iPad app to practice skills at home and on the go. The app is available at the iTunes store.

Workshop weeks
Thank you to the teachers and speech-language pathologists from eight states and the United Arab Emirates who attended three full-day workshops at CID in St. Louis in November. Topics included developing speech and auditory training using the CID 
SPICE for Life and SPICE 2nd Edition (newly revised!) curricula. CID will hold a workshop week again next fall. To keep in touch by receiving the CID Voice for Professionals e-newsletter, enter your email address and select the professional option at the bottom (left) of our website

Information and resources
You don't have to wait for the next on-site CID workshops to explore our growing line-up of convenient, affordable self-paced 
online courses. The half-hour courses were created to save teachers and SLPs time and to support all members of a child's educational team. ASHA and AGBell Academy credits are available. 

Visit our professional development website for assessment tools, curricula and other tools. Check out our free resources and blog dedicated to helping you maximize your good work to help children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to listen, talk, read and succeed

Welcome, Slovenia — the 36th country where teachers and other professionals have purchased CID educational tools! 


Consider a year-end gift

Last year, our generous community brought excellence in education and extraordinary opportunity to 249 children with hearing loss in the St. Louis area alone. Thank you for your support.

At this time, please consider making a year-end, tax deductible gift to CID for ongoing scholarship support. CID is an organization you can trust.
 For the seventh year in a row, CID has received 4 Stars, the highest possible ranking from Charity NavigatorCheck us out here. 

Please donate any time at our website:


Now is a perfect time to catch your breath and register for CID Young Professionals 15th annual Trivia Night, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at St. Louis University High School!

Get a table together, dress as your favorite TV show and have a blast answering TV trivia questions. What a great way to shake off the winter blahs and get good times rolling in the new year!

Sign up today.  

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