At the Oberkotter Foundation, we fund programs in the United States that promote listening and spoken language (LSL) for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We know that early learning is critical to a child’s language development and lifetime success, and because parents and caregivers are crucial to children reaching their full potential, we put families at the center of everything we do.
In our grantmaking, we look for organizations and projects that share our commitment to supporting families to ensure their 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. We focus on organizations and projects committed to providing coordinated pediatric audiology and LSL intervention to families and their infants and toddlers as close as possible to birth or onset of acquired hearing loss. And we place special emphasis on those projects that will meet the needs of families efficiently and cost-effectively.
Watch the Hearing First LSL Life docuseries sharing the stories of families who had access to the supports, resources, pediatric audiology and LSL intervention they needed for their children to have opportunities to achieve their full potential.
Current Funding Priorities
The Oberkotter Foundation prioritizes investing in projects and programs that provide:
- coordinated pediatric audiology and LSL intervention for families of infants and toddlers with a focus on cost-effective delivery models,
- reduced barriers for families of infants and toddlers in accessing critical audiological services (including early diagnosis, hearing technology and tele-audiology), and
- high-quality research that benefits children who are deaf and hard of hearing by providing families and caretakers with information they need to make informed decisions about their care.
We primarily make Program Support Grants through a process we run two times a year. As part of a particular grant cycle, we may seek proposals within specific areas of interest or we may run a pilot process to inform our work. We make all announcements about Program Support Grants, our interests and the application process on this website.