About Us

 Our Mission

Helping families ensure their children who are deaf or hard of hearing have opportunities to reach their full potential through listening and spoken language.

 Our Vision for the Future

Early learning is critical to a child’s language development and lifetime success, and children who are deaf or hard of hearing will have the same opportunities as their hearing peers to capitalize on the critical early period for brain development.

Quality pediatric audiology and listening and spoken language intervention will be available and affordable for all families as close as possible to their baby’s birth or acquired hearing loss, and families will be empowered and equipped to effectively support their baby’s learning, language and literacy development.

Our Core Values

The Oberkotter Foundation is committed to:

  • Integrating and coordinating all activities and investments in furtherance of our mission
  • Maintaining absolute commitment to parent choiceFriends - Oberkotter Foundation
  • Investing in grantees and activities that are meeting the needs of children and families in a dynamic and responsive manner and are holding themselves accountable for achieving positive outcomes using leading edge methods
  • Employing and supporting Foundation staff members who are passionate, engaged, committed and knowledgeable and who strive for continuous improvement
  • Striving to be collaborative, approachable, consistent and clear in all interactions with partners and grantees
  • Disseminating information that is research and experience-based

Our Past

For over 35 years, the Oberkotter Foundation has supported programs where children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn listening and spoken language (LSL). We have provided significant funding for programs across the nation. This work has dramatically increased opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to develop their auditory and spoken language skills through the use of hearing technology and LSL intervention.

Our Future

In the remaining years of the Foundation, all of our activities and investments will be integrated and coordinated in furtherance of our mission. Specifically, we will help caring adults support infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing to have the same listening, spoken language and literacy opportunities as their hearing peers. We will do so by supporting programs and projects that raise awareness of and increase access to education, resources, hearing technology and coordinated services.

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Our primary goals in carrying out our work are to:

  1. Invest in coordinated pediatric audiology and LSL intervention for families of infants and toddlers with a focus on cost-effective delivery models;
  2. Support exploration and development of projects to reduce barriers for families in accessing critical audiological services (including early diagnosis, hearing technology and tele-audiology); and
  3. Cultivate and support research related to our strategy and goals.

We will carry out our goals through our grantmakingHearing First and our collaborations with other organizations.